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Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson star in "The Ledge," which will be shown at the Great Falls Library on Saturday
Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson star in “The Ledge,” which will be shown at the Great Falls Library on Saturday

Whether you believe in God or not, the Central Montana Secular Society offers a chance to discuss your thoughts on religion this weekend at the monthly  film showing/discussion at the Great Falls Public Library.

The society will show the 2011 drama “The Ledge,” written and directed by Matthew Chapman. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Christopher Gorham, and Patrick Wilson. It starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and is free to attend.

“The Ledge,” is a story centered on a battle of philosophies between a fundamentalist Christian and an atheist, which escalates into a lethal battle of wills.

Ultimately, as a test of faith, or lack of it, the believer puts the non-believer onto the ledge of a tall building. He then has one hour to make a choice between his own life and someone else’s. Without faith in an afterlife, the non-believer is faced with a difficult choice that raises questions about what it means to either have faith or not. 

As mentioned above, an open discussion will follow after the film. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate. 

According to their Facebook page, the Central Montana Secular Society is focused on “Fostering a community of non-theistic individuals by providing opportunities for socializing, networking, and friendship; Supporting and promoting the advancement of science, critical thinking, secular viewpoints and an empirical worldview; Advocating for acceptance and inclusion of non-theistic individuals in the community; Broadening public understanding of secularism, humanism, and nontheism through sharing of secular resources; Acting as a secular force for good in our communities through social activism and community service aligned with secular principles; Increasing public awareness to prevent and address violations of matters relating to the separation of church and state, and working with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.”

Laura Wight, the head organizer of the group in Great Falls, said some of the movies they show are Christian documentaries and some are secular-based.

She said they encourage an open discussion about all range of topics centered on religion and the merits of both believing in it or not believing in it.

“Through these film viewings and discussions, we hope to broaden public understanding of secularism and humanism,” she said. “And to also support and promote critical thinking and an empirical worldview.”

Some of the films the group has shown in the past include “Finger of God,” “Jesus Camp,” and “Collision: Is Christianity Good for the World?” Next month they will be showing “God’s Not Dead.”

The Central Montana branch is one of three in Montana, along with the Missoula Area Secular Society and the Billings Area Humanists.


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