Most religions address the afterlife, including some cosmic system of rewards and punishment. Many of these afterlife claims include some place of torture, torment or purging that we might tend to generalize as "hell".
In this lecture, we'll take a tour through a number of different concepts of hell by inspecting the art and literature that have helped spread this ubiquitous meme - even among the secular. While some modern theologians have abandoned claims of a literal hell, others continue to promote views that include lakes of fire and laughing saints. If Christianity and other religions were to die off tomorrow, would the concept of hell slip away as well?
The Atheist Community of Austin (ACA) is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.
The Atheist Community of Austin hosts a monthly lecture series as a community service and a means of promoting and disseminating ideas of interest to atheists and the greater Austin community. Lecture topics usually focus on core areas of atheist interest such as science, skepticism, the impact of religion, philosophy, church/state separation, and community activism. While many of our lecturers are PhDs, lectures are targeted to a lay audience of people who want to enrich their understanding.
The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas, geared at an atheist and non-atheist audience. The Atheist Experience is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA).