Carl Stecher, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Salem State University, will speak this Sunday, November 30, on the topic of “God? No and Yes.” Professor Stecher is a prominent atheist thinker and the co-author of God Questions, a dialogue with the English philosopher Peter S. Williams. Here Professor Stecher describes his philosophy:
Many years ago, although I had completed the mild indoctrination of a Congregational church and had been confirmed a 15-year-old Christian, I unexpectedly discovered myself to be an unbeliever. Despite years of searching since then, studying and teaching the Bible and other sacred texts and exploring devotional, philosophical, theological, and historical approaches to the God question, I have concluded that God does not exist as an independent, objective fact. However, God, actually many different Gods, do exist as ideas, ideas which are real and very powerful and shape the world we live in. The crucial challenge is to sort out bad ideas of God from good ideas, and live only by those ideas which are life-affirming and genuinely humane.
The service leader will be Peter VanDeBogert.
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by Homecoming events starting at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.