Death is generally a subject of fear and gloom. It is also the central focus of all religions. If God is “the invention of an animal that knows it’s going to die”, how can atheists and Humanists cope without the comfort of belief in an ‘afterlife’?
In a light-hearted but thought-provoking talk, Matthew Simpson looks at how religions prey on our fear of death, and explores the wisdom (and wit) of atheists about mortality. He suggests some ways Humanists can help others get more out of Life-Before-Death.
The session starts with a quiz to test your knowledge of death, with local and global facts as well as historical oddities. A free booklet of quotations from eminent atheists and humanists on the subject of death will be available. There will be plenty of time for your questions and thoughts.
Matthew has delivered this talk to ten Humanists / Skeptic associations around the Midlands and the North. He is a psychotherapist and sex-therapist, as well as conducting Humanist ceremonies.
Thursday 16 April at 7.30 pm at The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG. All are welcome. Donations are requested to cover the cost of room hire, refreshments etc.