More on the CFI

I visited atheist church again tonight for a book club discussion of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. There were about 14 people there.

I had to admit, it felt like church. It felt like church small group, except with more knit brows and less agreement. There was the guy with the emotional-sounding voice who spoke poetically but didn’t say anything of substance. There was the guy who commented but wasn’t too sure of himself. There were the people trying to show off their knowledge of the book, and the other books that have been written about this book. There was that feeling of frustration at people not really talking about the core issues.

Mostly, I just tried to stir the pot and raise the bigger issues.

I’ve come to believe that most of the round-table conversations we have are not actually about the ideas we’re discussing–they’re about showing off our pedantry, feeling intellectual, feeling like part of a community, and all sorts of other things.

On a side note, most of the people who I’ve seen at atheist church so far look incredibly worn out by the world. They look like life has just sucked the juices right out of them.


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