Secular Students at Iowa to host ‘Graveyard of the Gods’

A UI student browses tombstones of ancient deities -- photo by Mal Zook
A UI student browses tombstones of ancient deities — photo by Mal Zook

Secular Students at Iowa, a student group for agnostic and atheist Hawkeyes, is hosting a “Graveyard of the Gods” event to kick off Halloween weekend. The event will feature headstones for gods who are no longer widely recognized or worshiped. The display is a response to Pascal’s Wager, a theory asserting that there is at least a chance God exists, and so one should err on the side of caution and worship God rather than spend eternity in hell. Graveyard of the Gods aims to highlight a central flaw in Pascal’s Wager; namely, that even if one decides to worship God, the question remains: Which one?

SSAI will also be pass out Halloween candy and secular literature for those interested. The event’s Facebook page maintains that the graveyard is not an attack on a religion, but a way to explore the complexities of religious history.

You can check out the headstones on the Pentacrest Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.

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