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Monday, April 21, 2014

“Socrates on the Pius and the Just:  Was Socrates a Closet Freethinker?"

Speaker:  Paul M. Carelli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of North Florida

Description:  Socrates remains a controversial figure in many ways, but especially where religion is concerned. He is skeptical of authority, is always searching for the truth, and is committed to leading a life dedicated to reason. Yet he claims to have a 'divine sign' that prevents him from from wrong-doing, makes sacrifices to the gods, and holds that the affairs of a good person are not neglected by the gods. Is Socrates a closet freethinker? A dedicated man of religion? Was the charge of atheism leveled against him for which he lost his life accurate or the supreme irony?

Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 15:50
 

Welcome

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Welcome to the First Coast Freethought Society.  Now in our sixteenth year!

Founded in 1998, we are a group of freethinkers dedicated to promoting science and reason over dogma, faith, and belief in the supernatural. Our purpose is to serve the needs of the nonreligious population of Northeast Florida, promoting secular humanism, a non-theistic outlook and approach to everyday life.

We provide a place where agnostics, atheists, freethinkers, and secular humanists can gather to hear speakers, discuss philosophy, science, and other topics of interest. We offer support to those who have rejected or are questioning their religious beliefs.

At our meetings, you will find a forum for individuals interested in learning more about humanism and freethought. Through lectures and informal discussions, we explore topics of interest and enjoy fellowship with like-minded people. Meetings are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

The First Coast Freethought Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization under IRS Chapter 501(c)(3).

 

Activities

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Regular Monthly Meetings

  • When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., the THIRD MONDAY of every month
  • Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 8447 Manresa Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32244
  • What: A formal program, usually a guest speaker, followed by questions and answers

Humanist Book Discussion Groups

Jacksonville

  • When: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., the FIRST SUNDAY of every month.
  • Where: Books-A-Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225.
  • What: Follow the link above to see current book selection, past book selections, and contact information.

St. Augustine

  • When: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., the SECOND THURSDAY of every month.
  • Where: Clubhouse at a private condominium in St. Augustine (Anastasia Island).
  • What: Follow the link above for current book selection, past book selections, and contact information.

Monthly Social

  • When: Drinks at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00, the FOURTH TUESDAY of every month
  • Where: Olive Garden Restaurant, 10144 Philips Highway, Jacksonville, FL 32256, across from The Avenues Mall Order from the menu.

Secular Sunday in the Park

  • When: 10:00 a.m., the FOURTH SUNDAY of every month
  • Where: Losco Regional Park, under the pavilion, 10851 Hood Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32257
    Conversation and coffee in the fresh air

Monthly Newsletter

  • Everyone can receive The First Coast FreeThinker via e-mail or download it from our website. Members are entitled to receive the U.S. Mail hard-copy version.
  • A trial subscription of the hard-copy version is available at no charge, following which you need to join to continue to receive it.

Yahoo! Group for Freethinkers

  • Join the FCFS Yahoo! Group, Jaxfreethought, to exchange e-mail with other freethinkers. You need not be a member of the FCFS to participate.
  • To subscribe, send a blank email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dinners for Doubters

  • Dinners for Doubters is a convenient, easy way to create an instant dinner party, get to know other freethinkers, and make new friends in intimate surroundings. It works like this: Someone decides to host a Dinner for Doubters. The host or hostess picks a date and decides how many people he or she would like to invite. A party totaling eight seems to work well, but this is entirely up to you. You may want only four! We then put a sign-up sheet at the back table at our monthly meetings, and guests sign up to attend. When the guest list is filled, the host or hostess contacts each guest to arrange the menu and who will bring what. Often, the host or hostess provides the entrée, and the guests provide a salad, beverage, vegetable, dessert, etc. But again, who brings what is entirely up to the participants. In fact, if a person whose house is very small wanted to host a dinner, they could pick a restaurant and all go Dutch. The goal of Dinners for Doubters is to allow mixing and mingling, getting to know new and different people, and to allow freethinker friendships to flourish. Consider hosting a dinner. Be watching for a Dinners for Doubters sign-in sheet at the back table!
 

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