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Atheist, Agnostic, Deist, Theist : What are you and why?
Date: 2/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Theology
Presenter: Sandy McKeown
Synopsis: Deism is the belief that while God exists and he created the universe, He has since been a "hands off" being - He is the clockmaker that has no need or want of adoration. He has created the world and it need no longer to concern itself with His presence. Deism, created at the time of the Age of Reason values the mysteries of Science and Nature to explain the world. Much of what the Deist values are also valued by the Atheist - a strong sense of morality, a foundation in science and reason, and no need for organized religion. Perhaps you find yourself under the banner of Theist or Agnostic instead. Freemasons value science, nature and God, concepts which, to either the Atheist or Deist, may seem at odds with each other. We will discuss the similarities and differences between Deism and Atheism particularly but the others in general to determine where you stand in your beliefs today.

What can the life and work of Caravaggio teach us about art, mysticism, duty and failure?
Date: 3/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
Topic of Study: Art
Presenter: Aksel Suvari
Synopsis: It is an almost universal human desire to express oneself artistically but only a few luminaries have been able to persist in human memory throughout the ages. One such light of the Renaissance period was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. In a tumultuous time of social change Caravaggio redefined the techniques and possibilities of the art of his time. Through it all he lived a life of danger, crime, high honors, riches and crushing poverty while at the same time rising through the ranks of the Knights of Malta. What can his troubled life teach us about the human relationship with Art and the Divine?

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest ... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstien
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