An avid speaker against religion and its adherents, Mark Twain once said of man that “he has made a graveyard of the globe in trying his honest best to smooth his brother’s path to happiness and heaven.” Twain's lifelong journey through faith and skepticism was certainly complex, much like that of Chris Stedman, the Assistant Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University and a non-religious man. The Mark Twain House & Museum will be holding a free lecture with Stedman on Wednesday, January 16th at 5:30 p.m. (reception at 5:00 p.m.)
The book entitled Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious and is the subject of the upcoming lecture. It describes Stedman’s religious path, a path to atheism, where he has still been able to find a common ground between both believers and non-believers.
The lecture will feature Stedman, as well as the award-winning author, journalist, and Hot Dogma religion blogger Susan Campbell. This event will mark the debut of a new monthly schedule for The Trouble Begins, a free after-work series taking its name from Twain’s own lecture posters. The Mark Twain House has been the host for explorations of the many sides of Mark Twain and the many issues that concerned and obsessed him.
Whether you agree or disagree with Chris Stedman, there is no denying the impact of his deeply human book. Come by The Mark Twain House & Museum and take in one of the many 2013 “Troubles” events. Reception for the event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will conclude with a book signing after the lecture.