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A.C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, argues that morality is possible without religion, and implies that those who "cherry-pick" religious beliefs are hypocrites.
In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?
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FOR THE MOTION
Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate
Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy
AGAINST THE MOTION
President of The King's College and author of What's So Great About Christianity
Rabbi David Wolpe
Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek
A.C. Grayling, a British philosopher and professor, has written over 20 books on philosophy, religion and reason including Against all Gods and The Good Book: A Secular Bible. Previously a professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, Grayling is now Master of the New College of the Humanities, an independent university college in London. For nearly 10 years, he was the Honorary Secretary of the principal British philosophical association, the Aristotelian Society, and a Trustee of the London Library. A former fellow of the World Economic Forum, Grayling was a Booker Prize judge in 2003.