Greta Christina on Atheists Dealing with Death
This month we feature Greta Christina speaking on her new book, Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God.
If you don't believe in God or an afterlife, how do you cope with death?
Accepting death is never easy, and one of the most difficult things about leaving religion is letting go of belief in the afterlife. But we don't need religion to find peace, comfort, solace, and meaning in the face of death. What are some secular ways that atheists can handle our own mortality and the death of those we love?
Greta Christina is one of the most widely-read and well-respected bloggers in the atheist blogosphere. She is the author of "Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why," and of "Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless." She is a regular contributor to AlterNet, Salon, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist, and has been writing about atheism and skepticism for her own cleverly-named Greta Christina's Blog (part of the Freethought Blogs network) since 2005. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including Ms., Penthouse, Skeptical Inquirer, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. Her most recent book, "Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God," is currently available in ebook and audiobook: the print edition is scheduled for publication in the fall.
When: Sunday, March 8th at 3:00
Location: Audre Lorde Room (Second Floor), Women's Building, 3543 18th (at Valencia), San FranciscoAnd please accompany us to dinner after the meeting. We go to the Big Lantern, 3170 16th St. (between Valencia & Guerrero)
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Cost: $6 Renting a meeting room means we must charge admittance. We would appreciate exact change if convenient. Most of all we want you to join us for this talk.
Note: The Women's Building is three blocks from the Mission 16th St. BART. If you don't know the neighborhood we suggest that as you reach the top of the stairs from BART, turn right and walk a few yards to 16th. Then turn left on 16th Street and walk to Valencia, then turn left on Valencia to 18th St.
Parking: Garage at 3255 21st Street (at Lexington)
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