|Sent on:||Sunday, January 15, 2012 8:01 PM|
Hi to those in the Vancouver Science and Religion Discussion Group,
1. This Tuesday [masked]) we will again meet at a Beaverton Church. Please click here for all details:
The topic is on morality again. We have covered this topic before, but there are so many facits and such limited time that we could easily do many more events on this theme. On the surface, Christians usually argue that morality is grounded in God, and atheists claim that they can be 'good without God.' But I think there are many more interesting aspects to the question that we can think of. One fascinating question is "Can we judge the morality of the actions attributed to the God of the Bible?" Some Christians might argue that God's creation (us mortals) have no right to question the Creator; while other Christians might say that God acts righteously so you can judge God if you want and God will still be found to be just. Some atheists might argue that the God of the Bible is immoral, judging by some of his actions and commands. Another question might be asking if it is right or fair to have a forever hell (for those who are bad and/or reject the gospel), and a forever heaven for those who repent (even if on their deathbed).
There will be ample time for audience Q&A, which I consider to be an extremely important part of these meetings. How can we influence the thinking of others if we don't know what they are thinking? When they ask questions, they show where their head is at. And yes, in the interest of education, I'd like to influence people to be smarter, in general.
2. Coming-up in Vancouver there is a mock debate where I will play the part of a Christian that is debating a fellow atheist (Justin Rose). I will be representing the ideas of Prof. and author Denis Lamoureux, who was a theological role-model for me when I was a Christian in 2009. (I intend to represent this Christian fairly; and to set Justin straight ;-) The event is on Sun. [masked], see this for details:
This event also will ample audience Q&A time.
3. Last Saturday (yesterday), the Oregonian ran a large article about me. It can be found online here:
The above events are also videotaped and put on my youtube channel:
Nowhere else in the world are events like these... routine meetings between people of different faiths (or no beliefs), and discuss issues of perceived conflict with religion/science, in a civil atmosphere. It's not for everyone; but if it is for you (a seeker), come join the intellectual fun. Think about inviting/bringing a friend. FREE!