About Church of Freethought

We're About Facts and Reason

Real Religion is not about Believing in the Unbelievable. It's not even about Believing At All. It's about Thinking Our Way to Appreciative Understanding. And then Thinking Again.

About Our ServicesWe believe in one less god than most other churches. If you can understand why they don't believe in the other religions' deities then you will understand why we don't believe in theirs. There simply are no clear facts and no compelling reasons to believe in the supernatural. Still, we all live, in a way, in two worlds ...

Science Teaches Us About the World of Objective Reality

The best method found for discovering and understanding the objective world that we share is science. This is the world that we can see, hear, smell, taste and touch. It doesn't matter who does the observing. We can build machines to do it, even machines that can perceive and measure things that are beyond the capabilities of our senses. We can fling such machines out into space and even out of our solar system to gather information for us.

Through these methods — and not through revelation or "psychic powers" and the like! — we have come to know that the observable universe is a vast and very old place. Most of it is inhospitable for life as we know it, and the distances between places that are suitable for life are so great that it is difficult to grasp. But some of the atoms formed in the nuclear furnaces of stars, given the right conditions, are able to form molecules that can replicate themselves and give rise to living things. This happened on our planet sometime during its four-and-a-half billion years of existence and from that event we and all organisms descended.

Religion is About Making Sense of Our Inner Experience

But there is another part of the human condition. It is the personal, private, subjective world of the consciousness of each of us as individuals. Science is at work explaining exactly how our brains construct the reality that we experience, but that is not the same as what it is like to be a human being, to be capable of the potential and aspirations as well as subject to the weaknesses that come with being human. This experience depends critically on whose experience it is, and it can change over time as well as vary from person to person. The enterprise of making sense of this subjective world is the task that legitimately falls to religion. Nor should it be lamented that this is "all that is left" to it because of the rise of science.

Religion is just not needed to describe or explain objective reality. But the creation stories of our ancestors do tell us something about their own sense of what the world seemed like to them. There are no facts and no reasons to suppose that deities exist. But it is useful to consider what a thinking being who is very powerful, good, and wise — such as we ought to aspire to be — would be, could be, or should be like. Similarly, there are no grounds to suppose that our consciousness can survive our physical death. But it is useful — even imperative — to consider and reach some conclusions about what it means to live life well.

This is what religion is to us. It is discovering and growing in a life of meaning consistent with facts and reason. We believe that we can most effectively do this by sharing and learning from each other even though, in the final analysis, we can never really fully appreciate what it is to experience life as others do. We believe that the effort is worthwhile and productive, because all we have in this life, in this universe, is each other.

WHAT WE DO

OUR MONTHLY SERVICE

Our regular services are held the first Sunday of every month. At these gatherings we consider and discuss the core values and ideals to which we feel ourselves subordinate: facts and reason. We look at how these apply to a wide variety of subjects of everyday life, thought and problems confronted by individuals and the larger society. Childcare — Sunday School for our younger members is always provided and FREE. Currently we meet at the Comfort Inn DFW Airport North at 5000 West John Carpenter Freeway in Irving, 75063. Information about our next service is located here.

FREETHOUGHT SALON

On Sundays that are not the first Sunday of the month, a smaller number of us meet at a hotel restaurant for coffee and/or food and discussion of whatever might be on our minds, in the news, or what's been going on in our lives. Often one or more of us bring questions or problems/concerns that we'd like others to consider. Currently we meet at the Hilton DFW Lakes Conference Center's Vineyard Restaurant inside the hotel at 1800 Hywy 26 in Grapevine, 76051. Connect with our Meetup to attend.

BOOK CLUB

Freethinkers tend to be avid readers and we like to discuss what we read with others. It's a natural part of our community effort to learn new things and new ways of thinking about everything that is a part of the human experience. We look forward to reading works dealing with science, philosophical subjects, the process of reasoning and the scientific method, and how sometimes people go wrong and make fools — and worse — of themselves. Whatever you may like to read is "on the menu." Information about the next book club meeting is HERE.

COMMUNITAS

This is what we call periodic get-togethers of our members who regularly attend NTCOF events and support the church's mission and work. Usually these take place at one of our homes. Although it may only happen every 3-4 months, these are more intimate events at which we can enjoy food and drink and get to know each other better. Communitas is dependent on circumstances, level of interest and members' willingness to host but we have found these to be especially rewarding occasions. Please join our mailing list below or attend our service to find out more.

GAME NIGHT

Most each and every Friday some of us get together to play a number of interesting games. These have included Risk, 2210 A.D., Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, Axis & Allies, Cards (Hearts, Spades, etc.), Chess, Chinese Checkers, Scrabble, Starfarers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Twilight Imperium. We'll teach you if you don't know how to play or bring a game of your own and see if you can incite interest! Join us for fun and conversation Friday evenings beginning at 7 pm at the IHOP located at 2310 Stemmons Trail in Dallas, 75220. Connect with our Meetup for more information.