Date(s) - 23/08/2016
7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
The Thornbury Castle
We have not ‘done God’ for some time. There seems to be a popular assumption that philosophy offers an alternative to God, I have often pointed out to friends wondering what philosophy is all about that Augustine and Aquinas, whilst both philosophers were also both saints, mostly because of their philosophical endeavours. I often equate Jesus with Socrates on the grounds that they each had sound ideas, but failed to write them down. Last time I asked I think a small majority of the group declared themselves believers in some way. My escape from the question is to point out that the word ‘god’ has been used to mean so many things, most of them not fully defined, that I could define myself a god I would believe in or a god I wouldn’t – you tell me what you think God is and I’ll tell you whether I believe in Him
I do not call myself an atheist, because to me it is absurd to define my most basic beliefs I terms of someone else’s definition of something I consider does not exist. On 23 August we can compare and combine definitions to try to define a God we can believe in, who is also something like that proposed by the major religions, not like praying to the Law of Gravity.