Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth & Dorchester for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

May Bulletin

DWIn popular usage, the word 'stoical' means bearing adversity without complaint. At our meeting on Saturday 14th May, Professor Chris Gill will enrich and deepen our understanding of this ancient philosophy and reveal how we can use Stoic principles to improve our happiness and well-being.

This week is 'Dying Matters Awareness Week' and in this month's Bulletin we bring you news of local events and some reflections on humanist approaches to death and dying.

The EU referendum is just weeks away and we expect a full house at our debate at the Green House Hotel later this month. Is there a humanist view? Is it possible to weigh up all the pros and cons or do we just go with gut instinct? Come along and find out!

Our bulletin is packed with reports, news and views, and events of interest. We hope you enjoy it and we look forward to seeing you again soon.


Best wishes,
David Warden
Chair, Dorset Humanists

The God Confusion

God Confusion 11 June 2016Saturday 11th June 2.00pm 
Moordown Community Centre, Coronation Avenue, Moordown Bournemouth BH9 1TW

With Philosopher Dr Gary Cox

What is God? Does he exist? Can we know?

How we answer these questions has enormous implications for our understanding of the universe, our purpose in life, and our morality, but throughout history our best philosophers have failed to reach agreement.

In this presentation, Gary Cox will be exploring various conceptions of God, and the arguments for and against their existence, in an entertaining yet objective manner, and he will demonstrate why he believes it is logically impossible for us to move beyond speculation to proof.

If we must reject the idea of inner religious certainty, can living as though a moral God exists still be a worthwhile enterprise? You may be surprised by Gary’s answer!

Gary Cox is a philosopher and the author of several books on general philosophy, Sartre, and existentialism including ‘The God Confusion: Why Nobody Knows the Answer to the Ultimate Question’, and ‘The Existentialist’s Guide to Death, the Universe and Nothingness’. He is an honorary research fellow of The University of Birmingham, UK.

“Join us for an entertaining examination of the God Confusion”

Free entry (donations appreciated).     Everyone welcome!

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