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Robert Price to speak for FreeThought Fort Wayne

Posted by Skeptigator on July 11, 2008

FreeThought Fort Wayne is bringing another speaker to the Fort Wayne, Indiana area. On Wednesday, August 6th beginning at 7:00PM, Robert M. Price will be giving a public lecture at the Downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library on his new book, Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticism. Please read the book and come prepared to ask questions during the Question and Answer period.

For more information regarding Robert Price’s lecture in Fort Wayne or FreeThought Fort Wayne, please contact: contact@freethoughtfortwayne.org

Download the Flyer Here (PDF, 716KB)

About the Book

The following is an excerpt from the review of Robert Price’s book, Top Secret,

America may be the land of plenty, but in the midst of our Walmarts, enormous supermarkets, and other signs of material surfeit, it seems that many are experiencing a gnawing spiritual hunger. New religions, spiritualities, and religious therapies attract throngs of believers to megachurches, Yoga classes, and the bestseller bookshelves. The latest popular fad in spirituality is Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, which promises both success and spiritual fulfillment, and is endorsed by no less than Oprah Winfrey.

If you’re trying to make sense of all the offerings in this confusing spiritual wonderland, Top Secret is just the book for you. Noted religion scholar Robert M. Price examines the historical roots and the current appeal of today’s pop mysticisms. Critical and appreciative at the same time, Price applies his impressive background in theology and biblical criticism to put these trends in perspective. Among other popular movements and books, Price discusses:

  • Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
  • Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret and New Thought
  • Helen Schucman’s A Course in Miracles and the popular works of Marianne Williamson
  • Deepak Chopra’s How to Know God
  • James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy
  • The Jewish Kabbalah, recently made popular by Madonna
  • Joel Osteen’s Prosperity Gospel and his popular Your Best Life Now
  • Diedre Blomfield Brown (AKA Pema Chödrön) and American-style Buddhism

Whether you’re a skeptic looking for a rational approach to understanding current religion or a seeker in search of a deeper, more informed understanding of popular spiritualities, Top Secret has much to offer.

About the Author

Robert M. Price is Professor of Biblical Criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute as well as the editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism. His books include Beyond Born Again, The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts: A Feminist-Critical Scrutiny, Deconstructing Jesus, and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man. Forthcoming titles are The Crisis of Biblical Authority, Jesus Christ Superstar: A Redactional Study of a Modern Gospel, The Da Vinci Controversy and The Amazing Colossal Apostle

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Listen to a telephone interview with enhanced graphics with Robert Price about his book “Top Secret”

13 Responses to “Robert Price to speak for FreeThought Fort Wayne”

  1. […] Library, Meeting Room B Desc: August 12th will be mostly focused on discussing the then recent talk by author Robert M. Price. Bring a snack to share! As usual the discussion will be moved to a local pub. Public is always […]

  2. […] the details of the event can be found here. If you’re in the area, go check it out; this is an event well worth attending! Technorati […]

  3. […] This video is a half hour phone interview with enhanced graphics about his coming presentation.  There will be a Q and A session after the talk.  We would love to see you at the speech.  For more info on the event click here. […]

  4. […] which is free and open to the public is sponsored by Freethought Fort Wayne. For me details see the announcement on Freethought Fort Wayne’s blog, download the flyer [PDF], or e-mail contact at  […]

  5. […] groups in my neighborhood. It’s good to see Hoosiers are wising up: FreeThought Fort Wayne is hosting Dr. Robert M. Price who will be speaking about his recent book, “Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today’s Pop Mysticisms.” […]

  6. http://debunkingchristianity.blogspot.com/2008/07/robert-m-price-interviewed-about-his.html

  7. Goldstein said

    Glad to see he takes a swipe at the JEWS too.
    That’s in line with the New Atheist purge; you know, Dawkins and the “NOTORIOUS” Jewish lobby, Harris blaming the Jews for their own victimhood, Hitchens wishing they had been wiped out centuries ago…”We could have been spared the whole thing.”

    That darn Kabbalah!

    But, all kidding aside, this is progress. In the 30’s the JEWS were responsible for the worlds problems.

    Now, RELIGION is the root of all evil.

  8. Glad to see he takes a swipe at the JEWS too.

    methinks someone hasn’t read Mr. Price’s book.

  9. RMPriceFan said

    I love Price and have read most of his book. What I don’t get is the interviewer. He knows nothing of the subject – he knows nothing of the principals of Price’s book. That’s quite frustrating to listen to. Why didn’t he read Price’s book or at least do some research to find out what Tolles, Dyer et al are all about before the interview?

  10. andyscathouse said

    RMPriceFan,

    You are quite right to point that out. The reason is timing. (BTW-I produced the show and asked a few questions at the end.)

    Jake did the best he could with the timing we had to do the interview after we found out he was coming in order to meet a television schedule deadline. We wanted a scratch the surface top level interview and basically let Robert speak which Jake was to ask questions as a lay person. He did that as well as he could in the time we had.

    We will have Dr Robert Price in the television studio for an in person interview with a three camera set up . John Loftus will be on air talking about his latest book, too. We will pair up these deep level theologians together. It should be very interesting. I will post it here when finished. Yes, the book has been read. I hope you still learned something from the interview. I did.

  11. Goldstein said

    John Loftus? Deep level theologian?

    Bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!1

  12. andyscathouse said

    Nice kindergarden mock-

    His work speaks for itself and is well beyond nah nah tactics. Tell you what Goldstein, how about you actually read Price’s and Loftus’ books and then watch the show in mid August and then come back with something with substance, instead of trolling our local freethought community with childish comments?

  13. […] But imagine if you could give local authors, like John Loftus, a venue to share their stories or be able to bring a national author like Robert Price to […]

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