A Gathering of Skepticism

Mythicist Milwaukee opens the door to a home for secularism

By Alison Henderson

Mythicist Milwaukee has been busy. Since producing the documentary, “Night Journey to Hamtramck,” the secular community organization has also produced a season of episodes for the Alan Eisenberg Show on WRJN 1400 AM, and the podcast Mythicist Milwaukee. Now they are taking their message from the airwaves to the main stage with the Mythinformation Conference on April 25, 2015.

The conference is a secular event – an event that challenges dogma – and is the first of its kind for the city of Milwaukee, according to Mythicist Milwaukee President and Co-Founder, Sean Fracek.

“The event is for those who are displaced by, alienated by, or can’t subscribe to religious belief,” said Brian Edward, the organization’s financial manager.

Mythicist Milwaukee, a local organization that researches ancient mythologies and finds parallels to modern day religious beliefs, would like to be the face and the home for a group that has struggled to find either of those in the Milwaukee area.

“One of the things you lose when you leave religion is community. You lose your family and your friends,” Fracek said. “This will be a unique networking event for people because, like we’ve said, this community doesn’t exist.”

“Those people who are questioning – looking for answers, they’ll find a great home here,” Edward said. “Mythicism allowed me to go into the basement at night.”

With a goal of forming a community and engaging in a larger dialogue, the event will feature several renowned speakers from the secular world such as historian and author, Dr. Richard Carrier, Hemant Mehta, author of “I Sold My Soul on eBay,” and Chicago writer James Kirk Wall. It will also include a roster of secular organizations from around the country, and ample time for questioning, answering, and mingling.

“The general topic for the event is why we feel these religions evolved out of mythology, and what do we do with this information,” Fracek said.

While they aspire for attendees that span the religious spectrum, the group warns the event may be less enjoyable for those who are not seeking answers – or questions.

“Religion is always taboo and its always off the table,” Fracek said. “We’re saying if you don’t talk about religion it’s never going to change, so we’re trying to offer this up to those who want to learn more.”

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront Hotel.
Tickets are available at www.mythicistmilwaukee.com/mythinformation-conference/
Conference $30
Conference and after party $60


What is Mythicism?

“Mythicism is essentially a study. It’s not a religion, it’s not a pseudo religion. It’s not a science, or a pseudo science. It’s a study. It’s a very new word that’s becoming more popular. It is not mysticism.”

-Fritz Blandon, Mythicist Milwaukee Co-founder and Vice President

“We’re getting away from religious ideals for secular arguments. We respect religion in this: if we rewound to 2000 B.C., we wouldn’t be as smart. Religion was our first attempt at values and at medicine.”

-Brian Edward, Mythicist Milwaukee Finance Manager

The Mythicist Milwaukee Show

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