What can atheists learn from the church?

Simon Clare

Tuesday, November 13 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road

Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

 The Alpha course runs in 169 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 19 MILLION people.

Over a 10 week period, students are guided through Christian theology in an attempt, ostensibly, to “Explore the meaning of Life”.

In 2011, Simon Clare, a full-on atheist and organiser of Horsham Skeptics in the Pub, signed up to his local Alpha Course in Brighton, wondering if he would end up converted. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but learnt some surprising things about humans and about faith.

The Alpha Course is living proof that organised religion is far from dead and that it knows how to adapt. Can atheists adapt in the same way, or has the church stolen a march on them?

In this talk, Simon will take you through the entire course, fairly but critically, in 45 minutes.

Simon Clare is an opinion columnist for The Resident, Horsham's local paper. He lives in Hove and has been running Horsham Skeptics in the Pub for one year. 

You can follow him @faithlesseye on Twitter, or read his newspaper opinion columns online, usually on page 6, here

Advance tickets are available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website