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Greer-Heard 2015 – “Christians, The Environment and Climate Change”

  • When: Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, view map

NOBT holds the Greer-Heard event each year and changes the topic that they focus on. NOSHA members have enjoyed these keynote addresses and sometimes attend some of the weekend sessions. This evening event will have small ticket price and we'll let everyone know how to reserve their seat.

Speakers will be E. Calvin Beisner, Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman and Bill McKibben,  well-known author and environmentalist.


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Common Ground Between East and West?

  • When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA view map

* Please note the slight change in start from our usual time! *

Are the perspectives of East and West incompatible, or can there be a sharing of ideas toward common concerns? David Bernstein will share his research and observations.

This talk will focus on how dharma might be useful in deepening our (Western) understanding of authenticity. He looks forward to the necessary conversation with materialists, naturalists and like-minded skeptics.

David Bernstein is in his fourth decade as a meditator, his 14th year as a yoga practitioner and has a lifelong interest in philosophy. He participated in the New Orleans Wisdom Dharma Circle during its eleven years and has led the Saturday Philo Café, a philosophy discussion group, for the New Orleans Lyceum since 2010.


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Join the Unholy Rollers at the 3rd Annual Game-a-Thon to Support NOAF!

  • When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
  • Shamrock Saloon, 4133 South Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans, LA view map

For the second year in a row, the Unholy Rollers are getting a team together to support the New Orleans Abortion Fund to help them raise money for the women who need their services.

Why a Game-a-Thon and not a Bowl-a-Thon you might wonder?  NOAF was turned away from a popular local bowling alley because they would not support this cause. Undeterred, they got creative and instead brought their fierce competition and thirst for reproductive justice to Shamrock for a beer/ping-pong, billiards, darts, and games tournament. Of course, there will be costumes and prizes!

Please feel free to donate to the Unholy Roller team here. Our goal is to raise $500.00.

To register with our team, fill out the form here and select "join a team" (just look for our name).

The whole idea is to have fun and help a good cause.

ABOUT NOAF: 
The New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF) was established in 2012 as a community-based organization rooted in social justice, with the purpose of challenging socioeconomic inequalities by providing financial help to people who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion.  With an average pledge of just $65, we are able to change lives in our community.


 

Telling Our Stories

03/23/2015
Travis Thompson put together some thoughts on belief and challenged others to share their personal stories

One day I started to think: Why is it that my religion is the right one? Why do I get the privilege of going to heaven while much of the rest of the world has to burn for eternity? These individuals were just being taught what their parents and culture taught them.

What kind of deity would create us and limit us to just believing in one total solution to the endgame of life? And better yet, that solution is only limited to certain parts of the world. This just can not
 be right. Either I'm right and the rest of the world is wrong, they're right and I'm wrong, we're all right or we're all wrong. What are the odds that I am correct in my belief while any other individual who does not believe what I believe is going to be tortured in hell.
Then I started to think even more. Why would this omnipotent being even want to send individuals to such a place of torment? There was a time before I was born where there was nothing. Wouldn't a more reasonable solution be to just send individuals back to this place if they do not belong in your "Kingdom". Nope, that's not enough, these individuals must BURN for ETERNITY. What kind of all-loving god would do this? Not one that I want to worship, that's for sure. At this point, I rejected all religion and took on a new philosophy on life. This quote sums it up.

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but ... will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."

This is my story of how I became an atheist. Feel free to share yours if you'd like.

Sloppy Biology Does Not Make Good Philosophy

03/19/2015
"Aeginura grimaldii by Ernst Haeckel
On March 16th, I attended a talk hosted by the Tulane Philosophy Club. Our speaker, Ilya Dubovoy, a medical student at Tulane, attempted to explain some potential problems with the current understanding of Evolutionary Theory, especially in terms of the randomness or tailored-ness of genetic mutation in response to environmental stress or change.

I was left completely nonplussed by the talk. Its essence was a set of claims about evolution, which is to say about biological science, so why was it presented in a forum on philosophy? It is not at all clear why anyone would expect a vague and preliminary idea about evolutionary biochemistry to inform the field of philosophy. And beyond the basics of epistemology – which were not discussed – it is not clear what philosophy could bring to an observational and experimental issue in science. The speaker had to take some criticism, but that would have been far harsher from an audience of biologists, and I could not help but suspect that he was seeking friendlier shores for a concept he knew would be met with intense skepticism by its proper audience.

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A Dangerous Kind of Good: Adventures on the Northshore

03/13/2015
Photo by John Stringer
On Thursday night March 12, John Stringer and Clint Crainbecame “part-time” ambassadors for the NOSHA crowd as they accepted an invitation from a Northshore church to attend a dinner event that was proposed as an opportunity to have some dialogue with non-believers in the community. These are their stories:

John Stringer
I and one other member of NOSHA attended the “Why Does It Matter” Men’s Dinner at St. Timothy on the North Shore Methodists Church. The speaker Stuart McAllister was your basic Glasgow Scotland thug who found Jesus after dating a Christian Girl. This changed his life and now he goes around the world speaking about life with Jesus and his pseudo rational approach to the gospel for a fee.

He emphasized his personal relationship with Jesus and does not value the Bible as you would think. A question and answer session followed his speech and I got a chance at the microphone and said “25,000 children starve to death everyday on average in the world. What good is it when you have a god that doesn't answer to the dying innocents?”

Mr. McAllister did not understand my question or else he side stepped it and basically said he did not know why God would allow the evil of children starving to death. His son who was with him stood to add that such tragedies were a result of man's own evil doing and the consequences of free will and evil being in the world. I didn't ask a follow up question. Other topics that were addressed in the Q and A was “Why is god invisible” and “Is Mahatma Gandhi in heaven or hell." An interesting quote that stood out for me was the speaker said “God is a dangerous kind of good”.

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Program #182: Proof of God
03/14/2015
Host Harry Greenberger talks with Dr. Frank Tipler, Professor of Physics at Tulane University. Topic: Proof of God. http://nosha.info/
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Program #181: Same-Sex Marriage
03/14/2015
Host Harry Greenberger talks with Rev. Page Brooks of the Canal Street Church and Sarah Jane Brady of the Forum for Equality. Topic: Same-Sex Marriage. http://nosha.info/
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Program #180: Sidney Pulitzer #2
03/14/2015
Host Harry Greenberger talks with Sidney Pulitzer, Professor of Enterpreneurship at Tulane University. Topic: "Repair Washington: What to Do." http://nosha.info/
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Program #179: Sidney Pulitzer
03/14/2015
Host Harry Greenberger talks with Sidney Pulitzer, Professor of Enterpreneurship at Tulane University. Topic: "Repair Washington: What's Wrong." http://nosha.info/
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