Free Inquiry editor TOM FLYNN reveals “The Trouble with Easter”

April 1, 2011

Coming to a city near you!

GAINESVILLE * STUART, FL * ORLANDO * TALLAHASSEE * SAN ANTONIO * FORT WORTH * NEW ORLEANS * FAYETTEVILLE, AR 

Tom FlynnWhere did our most cherished Easter traditions come from—and is it too late to send them back? The author of the hilarious, controversial The Trouble with Christmas branches out, turning over every egg (and not a few rocks) to reveal the weird history behind Christianity’s holiest holiday. Packed with rollicking humor and little-known facts, this fast-paced, illustrated presentation concludes with a side-by-side comparison of the resurrection accounts in the four gospels. Spoiler alert: the New Testament comes nowhere near telling a single coherent story concerning what Christians consider history’s most significant event!

Tom Flynn is executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism and editor of Free Inquiry magazine. His books include the Trouble with Christmas, the sci-fi novels Galactic Rapture and Nothing Sacred, and The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief.

NOTE: All talks below are “The Trouble with Easter,” except where noted. 

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA * 7:00 pm

Presented by Gator Freethought and the Humanist Society of Gainesville
Room 100, Rinker Hall
Inner Drive at University Drive, University of Florida Campus
Gainesville, FL

Admission is FREE. Free parking, some under cover, is available nearby.
For more info: 703-887-6037 or www.gainesvillehumanists.org 


SATURDAY, APRIL 9
STUART, FLORIDA (between Jupiter and Vero Beach) * 6:30 pm

Presented by Humanists of the Treasure Coast
Best Western Hotel, 1209 South Federal Highway
Stuart, FL

Admission is FREE. Advance registration encouraged: 772-934-6167 or joebeck1@mac.com 


SUNDAY, APRIL 10
ORLANDO/WINTER PARK, FLORIDA * 1:30 pm

Presented by Orlando Freethinkers and Humanists
University Club of Winter Park
841 Park Avenue North (at Webster)
Winter Park, FL

Admission is FREE for OFH members, $10 for nonmembers. Or join OFH at the door: 1 year/$20 per person.
For more info: http://www.meetup.com/GotReason/calendar/15272517/


MONDAY, APRIL 11
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA * 7:30 pm

Presented by Center for Inquiry–Tallahassee
Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
2810 North Meridian Road
Tallahassee, FL

Admission is FREE.
For more info: tally@centerforinquiry.net


THURSDAY, APRIL 14
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS * 7:00pm

“WHAT IS SECULAR HUMANISM?”

Veteran activist Tom Flynn tackles the questions people ask most about the secular humanist lifestance. What is it? How does it relate to religion? Is secular humanism a religion, or something else altogether? How does it relate to other nonreligious stances like atheism, agnosticism, and freethought? Who are America’s secular humanists and how do they go about building fulfilling, value-rich lives without invisible means of support—and how do they do that in a society that is often hostile to them?

Presented by the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT)  

The Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, Texas

For more info: FACT.Infor@FreethinkersACT.Org


FRIDAY, APRIL 15
FORT WORTH, TEXAS * 7:00 pm

Presented by the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas (FACT)
Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
901 Page Avenue
Fort Worth, TX

Admission is FREE.
For more info: FACT.Infor@FreethinkersACT.Org


SATURDAY, APRIL 16
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA * 4:00 pm

Presented by New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (NOSHA)
Dominion Learning Center, Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA

For more info: (504)282-5459, hpgreenx@yahoo.com, or http://www.nosha.org/


SUNDAY, APRIL 17
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS * 7:00 pm

“WHO ARE THESE DOUBTERS ANYWAY? THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF UNBELIEF”

You’ve seen the various religion polls and the reported percentages of unbelievers—and the polls vary widely. Which surveys are reliable? Which are skewed? In a lavishly illustrated presentation, Tom Flynn explores how sociologists and pollsters have measured religious belief and unbelief from the mid-twentieth century to today, complete with all the controversies and scandals. What do polls on religion really mean? For example, how many of those “no religious preference” people are really atheists?

Presented by the Fayetteville Freethinkers
Fayetteville Unitarian Fellowship
901 West Cleveland Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Admission is FREE.
For more info: map available at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/