Welcome atheists, agnostics, skeptics — you are all welcome here! At Seattle Atheist Church, we call ourselves an atheist church because you will never hear anything supernatural promoted from the podium.

Join us for our Sunday Service each and every week in Seattle.

  • Activity
    RfRx Event: Intermediate Level Street Epistemology w/ Anthony Magnabosco
    Monday January 25 2021 at Online event

    Recovering From Religion is hosting an event that members of our community might be interested in: street epistemology, with one of its leading proponents and practitioners, Anthony Magnabosco!

    Here's a link to their event:
    https://www.meetup.com/RfR-Seattle-WA/events/275801590/

    Feel free to RSVP here to let your fellow Atheist Church folks know you're planning on going, but also do RSVP on their event as well so they can get a more accurate count. (Also, the Zoom link is only visible to those who RSVP on their event.)

    From their description:
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    After explaining what Street Epistemology is, Anthony Magnabosco will cover more advanced topics of the dialectical method of respectfully challenging belief claims. What are some common misunderstandings and criticisms of the approach? When should one probably not use the method? What things can get in the way of an effective conversation? You won’t want to miss this revealing discussion with one of the most proficient practitioners of this fascinating method of conversation!

    Anthony Magnabosco is a skeptic and atheist from San Antonio Texas who has been practicing and promoting Street Epistemology for more than six years. Anthony has had several hundred chats (many of them, on camera and uploaded to his YouTube channel) on a variety of claims including Gods, ghosts, karma, law of attraction, and a variety of social and political topics. Anthony has appeared on The Thinking Atheist, The Atheist Experience, Cognitive Dissonance, and The David Pakman Show, to name a few. He is also a Founder and the current Executive Director of the new nonprofit organization Street Epistemology International. Anthony has given countless talks and workshops on Street Epistemology at conferences and events domestically and internationally.

    The first hour will be the topic discussion, followed by a Q&A session in which you can ask the guests your great questions. After the Q&A we’ll open up the lines for everyone and just talk and hangout for a bit with the hosts and guest(s). For RfRx comments, inquiries & topical questions, email us at [masked].
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    This is an online event. You can access it here:
    https://www.meetup.com/RfR-Seattle-WA/events/275801590/

    Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

  • Activity
    Reading Group: Irrationality: The Enemy Within
    Thursday January 28 2021 at Online event

    This upcoming week's reading: Chapter 5 "In-groups and Out-groups", and Chapter 6 "Organisational Folly". (This section will be updated each week, so check back if you need to.)

    You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, or order on Amazon here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Irrationality-Enemy-Within-Stuart-Sutherland/dp/1780660251/

    Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

    "Why do doctors, army generals, high-ranking government officials and other people in positions of power make bad decisions that cause harm to others? Why are punishments so ineffective? Why is interviewing such an unsatisfactory method of selection? "Irrationality: The Enemy Within" is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on statistical concepts, probability theory and a mass of intriguing research to expose the failings of human reasoning, judgment and intuition. The author explores the inconsistencies of human behavior, and discovers why even the experts find it so hard to make rational and unbiased decisions."

    This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register here:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpcO6opjgtGdf9tVKVxPzJx1iy4_D2HaIC

    Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
    * Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
    * Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

    A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the group discussion, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

    I hope to see you there, as we support each other on our journeys!

  • Activity
    Sunday Morning Stoicism
    Sunday January 31 2021 at Online event

    Let's get together before church and discuss this week's passages from The Daily Stoic! Each day of the year has a corresponding "devotional reading" (so to speak). Each week, let's discuss the readings since our previous meeting, from Monday through the Sunday of the meeting, and share what resonated with us, what we found profound, and what insights we can apply to what's going on in our lives.

    Each reading is about 3 minutes long. They're all self-contained, so you don't need to worry about catching up - feel free to jump in on any week's session!

    This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register for it here:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqf-2spzwoHNYJkpUJHobrD14SqEGfky0Y

    We'll end at 11:30 to give everyone time to grab some food and freshen up before the Sunday Service.

    You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore or order on Amazon here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Stoic-Meditations-Wisdom-Perseverance-ebook/dp/B01HNJIJB2/

    Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

    "Why have history's greatest minds—from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today's top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities—embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise.

    "The Daily Stoic offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you'll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.

    "By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you'll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well."

    Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
    * Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
    * Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

    A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the discussion after the talk, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

    Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

  • Activity
    Online Service: The Figural Nature of Language and Thought
    Sunday January 31 2021 at Online event

    <span><span>In their book </span><span>"Metaphors We Live By</span><span>," George Lakoff and Mark Johnson explore the importance of what they call "conceptual metaphors." Metaphors are often employed to understand more complex and abstract concepts in simpler, more concrete terms. Take the expression “She </span><span>demolished</span><span> his argument.” Perhaps not even consciously, this expression sees invalidating someone’s argument in overtly destructive terms that sounds more like a war than a friendly debate. </span><span>This argument-as-war metaphor ends up not only shaping our language in the way we view argument--as a battle to be won--but also in how we engage in argument. Argument can be seen in other ways than a battle, but to understand it in those terms, we would need to develop different conceptual metaphors to do so. </span><span>The purpose of this talk would be to explore how different figures of speech infiltrate and “contaminate” how we think. (As atheists, we may still be prisoners of a language created in a theist context--similar to how we still speak of sun"rise" even though we know, intellectually, the earth is what is spinning, relative to the sun.)</span></p></span>

    After the talk we'll have a group discussion about it, and whatever else comes to mind.

    This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register for it here:
    https://zoom.us/j/96652363839

    Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
    * Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
    * Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

    A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the group discussion after the talk, but not to simply be present for the talk or the discussion. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

    Join our private Seattle Atheist Church Facebook Group and continue the discussion outside of church:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattleatheistchurch

  • Activity
    Reading Group: Irrationality: The Enemy Within
    Thursday February 4 2021 at Online event

    This upcoming week's reading: Chapter 3 "Obedience", and Chapter 4 "Conformity". (This section will be updated each week, so check back if you need to.)

    You can grab a copy of the book from your favorite local bookstore, or order on Amazon here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Irrationality-Enemy-Within-Stuart-Sutherland/dp/1780660251/

    Here's Amazon's blurb about the book:

    "Why do doctors, army generals, high-ranking government officials and other people in positions of power make bad decisions that cause harm to others? Why are punishments so ineffective? Why is interviewing such an unsatisfactory method of selection? "Irrationality: The Enemy Within" is a challenging and thought-provoking book that draws on statistical concepts, probability theory and a mass of intriguing research to expose the failings of human reasoning, judgment and intuition. The author explores the inconsistencies of human behavior, and discovers why even the experts find it so hard to make rational and unbiased decisions."

    This is an online event hosted on Zoom. You can register here:
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpcO6opjgtGdf9tVKVxPzJx1iy4_D2HaIC

    Zoom is available on iOS, Android, Windows, and OSX. Here are some resources to help you get started:
    * Getting started guides: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
    * Video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials

    A microphone is required if you would like to participate in the group discussion, but not to simply be present. (A webcam is preferred so we can see each other during this period of physical isolation!)

    I hope to see you there, as we support each other on our journeys!