The Humanist Tradition

Sunday, April 2, 2017
10:00 a.m.
The Island School

The Humanist Tradition
Eric Rasmussen, Guest Speaker, Gregory Cook, Worship Associate
Marcia Smith-Hill, Guest Pianist, Penny Brewer, Sunday Services Committee Coordinator

A lot of Americans have no belief in a higher power, and there is a long and courageous tradition of speaking out against religion stretching back two thousand years. We’ll talk a little about those who have spoken out and what they’ve said, but we’ll also talk a little about recognizing how important religion is to humanity, and how neuroscientists are finding some remarkable pathways to the bliss and sense of unity that so many of us seek there. Neurotheology, for example, is a new set of tools from medicine, psychology, neurology, and biochemistry, now beginning to reduce the suicide rate in our veterans.