What Is So Bad About Jesus? By Dr. Hector Avalos

Jesus has been the primary model of ethics for Christians. Even some atheists who do not believe in Jesus’ divine nature may still admit that his teachings emphasize love, nonviolence, and inclusion. Dr. Hector Avalos will explain why many of the teachings and actions of Jesus, as he is portrayed in the New Testament, would be antithetical to those enshrined in some of the most widely accepted codes of modern ethics. Such teachings involve family values, violence, and the treatment of animals. The lecture is based on Dr. Avalos’ book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of the New Testament Ethics (2015). Sponsored by the Iowa State University Atheist and Agnostic Society.

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IAF Movie Night: “The Post”

Come join us for a movie night with your fellow IAF members! This time we’re seeing “The Post”.

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in “The Post”, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project.

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IAF Sunday Meetup-Brown Baggin’ It!

This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics. The weather looks good for Sunday and the Gray’s Lake Terrace provides some shelter under the pergola. Forecast is 70-72° and cloudy or partly cloudy with 20% rain chances south. Bring your own lunch (sorry, no alcohol permitted at Gray’s Lake!) and enjoy the beautiful view! Consider bringing a more comfortable lawn chair.

We will need to discuss future locations for our Sunday Meetup as our options have suddenly become more limited.

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February Monthly Board Meeting

Building upon and checking status of tasks assigned at Quarterly Member Meeting of 12/12/2017, this will be a working session. All members are welcome to participate, and to provide your input, creativity and expertise.

Be sure to bring your laptops or tablets, notepads, and pen and paper. We’ll be in the community room/lunchroom area which has vending machines or feel free to bring along something to eat.

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Café Scientifique: Cretaceous Coastlines

Presenter: Cory Redman, Human Anatomy Instructor, Drake University

The Mississippi may be mighty, but 65-100 million years ago, a shallow sea split North America in half, connecting the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Using 75-million-year-old fossils, Dr. Cory Redman has studied how changes in sea level affected the diversity and distribution of non-marine animals that lived along the seaway. Join us to explore these findings and learn how the fossil record can be used to help study the effects of modern sea-levels rising.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

As Sam & Louie’s was not available this Sunday we’re back at Old Chicago in Ankeny at Noon.

This is our regular weekly Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of topics. New faces are always welcome and we’d love to hear your story!

Our Spring Fundraiser for Hawthorn Hill Homeless Shelter is coming to a close on Monday, May 7th! Just a reminder, this Meetup will be your last opportunity to make a donation in person. (Paypal until midnight 5/7)

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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