Voices of Reason - Dan Barker: Life Driven Purpose

Sunday, April 12th 2015 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 12th 2015 at 7:00 pm
Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Mt. Vernon Square Metro)

Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning

Every thinking person wants to lead a life of meaning and purpose. For thousands of years, holy books have told us that such a life is available only through obedience and submission to some higher power. Today, the faithful keep popular devotionals and tracts within easy reach on bedside tables and mobile devices, all communicating this common message: “Life is meaningless without God.” In this volume, former pastor Dan Barker eloquently, powerfully, and rationally upends this long-held belief. Offering words of enrichment, emancipation, and inspiration, he reminds us how millions of atheists lead happy, loving, moral, and purpose-filled lives. Practicing what he preaches, he also demonstrates through his own personal journey that life is valuable for its own sake—that meaning and purpose come not from above, but from within.

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Dan Barker, a former preacher, is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (Foreword by Richard Dawkins, Ulysses Press, 2008) and The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God (Foreword by Julia Sweeney, Ulysses Press, 2011). 

  • Public Admission + Life Driven Purpose book $15
  • Member Admission + Life Driven Purpose book $13
  • Public Admission $5 advance registration / $7 at the door
  • Member Admission Free (Registration required) 

Copies of Purpose Driven Life will also be on sale at the venue. The talk will be followed by a book signing. 

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Dan Barker Purpose Driven Life book cover 

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.