Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide for Relating to Nonbelievers

  • North Syracuse Public Library 100 Trolley Barn Ln Syracuse, NY, 13212 United States

The Central New York Humanist Association welcomes Kevin Davis on Sunday, October 5th from 1:00-3:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served at 1:00 and the program will begin at 1:15 pm.  There will be a brief book signing at the end of the talk, and please join us for dinner after the event! In addition, we will be collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank of Central New York at our events this fall, so please consider bringing an item or two to donate.

Kevin will discuss his book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide for Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book is Kevin’s first step in a campaign to change the way atheists are perceived by friends, family members, and the public in general.  He addresses the common misconceptions believers have of atheists and shifts the conversation to what nonbelievers can do to improve perceptions, promote understanding, and achieve acceptance.  Although Understanding an Atheist is a book intended to be read by believers with atheist friends or family members, Kevin points out that if a dialogue is to commence and understanding achieved, the responsibility lies on both sides of the religious divide.  Kevin introduces a concept he calls progressive atheism and will discuss that in his talk as well.

Despite his Catholic upbringing and experience as a "saved" Christian in his early college years, Kevin came out as an atheist in the mid-1990s. A US Constitution enthusiast, he now focuses on defending the separation of church and state through DividedUnderGod.com. Kevin helps raise awareness of current legislative and judiciary efforts that aim to weaken the Wall of Separation that is so important to our success as a nation free from religious influence and oppression.

Outside of DividedUnderGod, his work has been featured on FreethoughtBlogs, RichardDawkins.net, and mentioned on dozens of other sites, including CNN, Huffington Post, Patheos, Salon, and RawStory.