I’m a member and attend some events at CFI in Amherst, NY. I recently retired from IT work at a bank and am hoping to participate and learn from discussions here.
I enjoy reading and listening to books on tape from authors such as Sagan, Nye and Dawkins.
My religious “education” was as a Catholic, Wesleyan Methodist (that was mind bending), then Presbyterian before becoming enlightened around age 50 after a lifetime of asking myself questions, such as “How could the Pope be infallible?”.
Current challenges are dealing with a 33 year born again son (who has 2 of our grandchildren). He has 3 college degrees (physics, astronomy and aviation engineering) and it is beyond disappointing how he allowed himself to be programmed by people he met at college and local friends who attend a born again Baptist church. This Christmas he told our 3 year old grandson there is no Santa Claus because he wanted the focus of Christmas to be on Jesus. He believes in the Bible literally including ridiculous stories such as Noah’s Arc.
I’d be interested in reading suggestions on books that dig into the reality of how the modern bible came to be, including how and when it was written, conferences, arguments and voting on its content.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I love the signature of one of the members here “You can’t have a rational discussion with someone who has irrational beliefs.” How true!