A Christian, Hindu, and atheist discuss the topic: "How can we good for our community and world?" from their different worldviews. Extensive audience Q&A is planned. Pastor Nathan Lewis will represent Christianity. Bernie Dehler will represent an atheistic/naturalist worldview. Ramesh Krishnamurthy will present a Hindu view.
5 pm: Community pizza meal (free)
6 pm: Discussion starts
Abstract for discussion: "How can we good for our community and world?"
Probably everybody believes that they should do something good for the world. But what do they consider to be a "good" work? Is propagating our own belief system a "good work" (examples such as Billy Graham and Richard Dawkins); or is "good works" only those things that help people physically (such as feeding the hungry)? And what is our motivation to do good works? By comparing and contrasting the viewpoints from others of different belief systems, it may help us to understand our own belief system better. For this discussion, we hear the views of a Christian, Hindu, and an atheist. The structure of the program is designed to facilitate discussion among the panel members and also include an intensive audience Q&A time.
Format (1.5 hr total):
Part 1: Panel (about 30 min)
Introduction: Each speaker get 3 min. to make a presentation (9 min. total; order is picker by random)
Interaction 1: Each speaker gets 3 min. to reply to all the previous presentations (9 min. total; order is picked at random)
Interaction 2: Each speaker gets 3 min. to reply to all previous presentations (9 min.; order is picked at random)
Part 2: Audience Q&A: (about 1 hr.)
-- Audience member has 3 min. to interact with panel. Panel not allowed to bloviate.