CHE Salon

“Between religious disbelief and classical belief” led by Dennis vanden Auweele

Especially for Western, secularized individuals it is far from self-evident to be a believer, especially in the traditional way. How will this evolve?

Philosophers have long believed that religion would gradually fade out of society. This process is somewhat faltering and, certain radical strands of atheism, want to get this process back on track. This radical atheism (eg Richard Dawkins, Etienne Vermeersch, Herman Philipse) is losing its appeal, especially among philosophers. Rather than believe that religion should disappear altogether, many philosophers believe that religion should rethink on the basis of ongoing criticism.

Will a new form of religiousness be reborn from the ashes of tradition? And what does it look like? We will explore with philosopher of religion Dr. Dennis vanden Auweele to the middle ground between religion and atheism, which “in many cases is also a form of religion”.


You are cordially invited to participate in this salon. You can register by clicking on the green 'Attend event' button, you will then receive a confirmation of your registration.

Signing up is important, even if you don't join us for dinner. Depending on the number of registrations, we will look for a suitable space. On the day of the salon you will receive an email to know in which room the salon will take place.

If you can't come unexpectedly, send a text to Martijn van der Meer: 06-14 18 46 63.

Eating together

Venwoude offers the visitors of the salon the opportunity to join the meal. The vegetarian meals are prepared with full-fledged products and fresh vegetables from the region and the season. Venwoude charges € 13,50 pp (in cash and to be paid to the CHE Salonhost there) and it is appreciated if we help clean up.

For a good planning of the kitchen and the purchases, we pass on the number of diners on Friday morning. You can sign up for dinner by sending an email – no later than Friday 17 November before 17.00 p.m. – to Martin van der Meer


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Warm regards,

Dennis vanden Auweele and Martijn van der Meer