Carrie and Lauren from Enlighten Together write about their experience at an atheist meetup.
The meeting was fairly pleasant as it was a simple meet and greet gathering held at a coffee shop. After group organizers gave their updates, about 30 people in attendance divided into groups to have discussions on topics of their choosing…. Read More..
Overall the meeting seemed pleasant, but there were some worries. They write some people might use these groups as a crutch similar to how churches base the “truth” of their message on the number of its listeners.
Positive aspects of Atheist meetups
Luckily Atheists have evidence and logic on their side, but they address an important point. Any atheist meetup needs to focus on questioning, and avoid rigid beliefs or dogma. Instead we should get together to celebrate the expansion of knowledge and scientific inquiry. There is no shame in supporting each other socially, emotionally, and in learning.
The only danger in Atheist meetup groups is creating group dynamics discouraging questions to build an emotional attachment to beliefs. Atheists come in many types, but they all support evidence based living!
Have you been to an Atheist meetup group? What was it like? What could have been done better? Leave your story in the comments.