WHEN:
SATURDAY, March 20, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Religion vs Self-Esteem
DVD Recording of Dr. Edwin A Locke on 11/07/2007
at Hilton Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA
107 minutes with Q & A

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DISCUSSION:
Religion is almost universally regarded as crucial to achieving happiness.
Even critics of religion often concede that it helps people live more
fulfilling lives.  In this talk, Dr. Edwin A Locke argues that, far from
being a means to a successful life, religion is incompatible with a basic
need of human life: self-esteem.

Dr. Locke shows that religion undermines every essential precondition of
self-esteem: metaphysically, it declares that man is evil by nature;
epistemologically, it regards faith as superior to reason; ethically, it
advocates the “virtues” of obedience, altruistic duty and humility; and
politically and economically, it declares money-making to be sinful, and
demands some form of statism.

Indeed, religion attacks the quest for self-esteem by denouncing its primary
cause: pride.  This talk argues that pride is not a sin but a virtue, the
virtue of moral ambitiousness, and it is attained by constant adherence to
reason in the pursuit of moral perfection–a state which religion makes
impossible.

BIO:
Dr. Edwin A. Locke is Dean’s Professor (Emeritus) of Motivation and Leadership
at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College
Park.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
480-921-1156

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

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BRING:
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