Debate: Is the New Testament Textually Reliable?

Richard C. Carrier, Ph.D. is well known to the FAN people with multiple speaking engagements in the Sacramento area.  He is extensively published http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_carrier/.   His latest book is "Sense and Goodness without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism".  Richard will be debating his nemesis, J. P. Holding, in our area, at the town of Plymouth, which is about 20 miles southeast of Sac.  This is a great opportunity to get a quick and concise presentation of the issues involved in accuracy of the source of beliefs of many of our fellow citizens.  Debates present the issue from both sides, which is very helpful to understand and assess the pros and cons of complex issues.  Besides, debates are just plain fun, like watching a football game in the intellectual realm.    Let's go watch the action and cheer for our side.  The religious folks will be there aplenty since they are hosting this event at their church, but non believers are welcome.  Their auditorium holds 400.   

Directions: Take interstate 80 east towards Sacramento. Continue on to Highway 50, exit Latrobe road in El Dorado Hills, CA. Turn right on Latrobe road. The church is on the left hand side at the corner of Latrobe road and highway 16, approximately 15 miles from the freeway exit.

Let's get together and car pool from downtown Sac at 4pm at the Safeway parking lot at J and Alhambra which is next to 30th Street.  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great non-theist turnout! Thanks to all who attended to support "our side." The debate was respectful and informative. Impromptu Thai dinner post debate with our debater, author Richard Carrier, was also fantastic.

    April 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for coming. We plan to have more apologtics events in the future and you're all welcome to join us again. I have just put up the first part of my review of the debate, and we will have video available soon. http://thepassivehabit.blogspot.com/2011/04/carrier-vs-holding-opening-statements.html

    April 10, 2011

  • David D.

    This was a LOT of fun! I'm really thankful the kind people at the church asked us heathens to attend. They were quite welcoming.

    The debate was fantastic, on-topic, and anything but boring. "Our" side was very well represented, and I'm glad the Dr. was able to join us for dinner after.

    I would like us to see more of these in the future.

    April 10, 2011

  • Roger Z.

    Well-conducted and civil.

    April 10, 2011

  • Brad C

    It looked like at least a third of the audience were atheists. Carrier decimated opponent.

    April 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks David. See you there21q

    April 9, 2011

  • David D.

    Brice: Take Hwy 50 (as if you're going to Folsom), then take Sunrise south about 7 miles to CA-16, and go east for 19 miles.

    April 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello fellow freethinkers, I just joined the group and am heading to the debate. If anyone needs a ride from Arden/Carmicheal let me know on this msg board, cause I don't really know where plymouth is haha

    April 9, 2011

  • David D.

    If anyone does need a ride, we'll be leaving in about 30 minutes. We're currently at the Starbucks off Bradshaw, in Rancho Cordova.

    April 9, 2011

  • Roger Z.

    And my number is[masked]-3323. Just texted you a couple ago.

    April 8, 2011

  • Roger Z.

    Yes we are. Small world!

    April 8, 2011

  • Roger Z.

    Michael, my wife & I will be driving there from near where you live. Still need a ride? (We live at the intersection of Greenback & Auburn Blvd.)

    April 8, 2011

  • David D.

    I can give two people a ride, if they're in the Rancho Cordova area.

    April 8, 2011

  • David J.

    Car pool needed. I have no car. Live at I-80 and Madison. Good Driver. I can see in the Dark. Would like to share gas costs. Call me 916 Four Eight One 5050.

    April 8, 2011

  • Bill P.

    Just a small error, but Plymouth is not northeast of Sacramento; it's southeast.

    April 7, 2011

  • GaryA

    Also, Jessica, I can give you a ride as well

    April 6, 2011

  • Ash M.

    i would really like to go but have no ride. if someone can give me one, i'll chip in for gas. :)

    April 4, 2011

  • Julie R.

    michael reed and jessica baltzley....if I go and one of you don't mind sitting in the jump seat of my pick up...I'll pick you both up and drive to the event. I may change my rsvp if I have to work. I'll know closer to the end of the week.

    April 3, 2011

  • Devan E.

    Damn... I really want to attend this too but its very far away from where I live.

    March 19, 2011

  • Julie R.

    Does anyone want to carpool from Loomis/Rocklin area?

    March 12, 2011

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