Now Learn How to WIN those Arguments about Religion!
"Does God Exist?: A New Survey of the Arguments Pro and
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia,
237 South Broad Street,
Does God exist?
Can believers prove it? Can humanists,
atheists, and freethinkers prove otherwise? Either way, what is implied
for morality ? or for shaping our own lives?
This seminar will deepen your
comprehension of the issues while it equips you with the knowledge and
skills you?ll need to excel when debating a believer across the water
cooler or a minister or theology professor upon the stage.
What are the most respected (or feared)
arguments employed by advocates on both sides? What new claims and
tactics are in vogue? What light can science throw upon it all?
Your guides for this weekend of
discovery include noted historian of religion R. Joseph Hoffmann;
attorney-activist Eddie Tabash, who has debated God?s
existence against top-ranked Christian opponents; and Free Inquiry
Encyclopedia of Unbelief editor Tom Flynn.
Your host: Sherry
Rook, CFI vice president for development and
coordinator of the Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort.
Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
237 South Broad Street,
The contemporary Doubletree Hotel
Philadelphia towers over the city?s legendary Broad Street across from
the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and
Merriam Theater. It offers the full range of metropolitan hotel amenities
and provides a superior environment for meetings. Guest rooms available
at special conference rate of $179 per night; call [masked] and
mention ?Center for Inquiry? to obtain this special rate.
To Book a Guest
If you desire overnight lodging, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia offers
special discount room rates for seminar participants. Your registration
does not include hotel accommodations. To reserve a guest room please
telephone the hotel and mention 'Center for Inquiry' to obtain the
discounted rate. This discount is not available when booking online.
$179 per night [masked]
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Opening Reception
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Morning Session
- Welcome and Introduction: Sherry Rook
- Introduction to the Debate: Tom Flynn
- Classical Arguments, For and Against God's Existance: Eddie Tabash
- Did Jesus exist -- what can we know?: R. Joseph Hoffmann
12:30 - 2:30
p.m.: Luncheon (complimentary)
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Afternoon Session
- Morality without religion: Tom Flynn
- The complete Atheist Debater's Gamebook: Eddie Tabash
Banquet with Keynote Presentation by Joe Hoffmann: "The Scientific
Investigation of Religion"
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Concluding Session
'The Main Event' A formal debate between Eddie Tabash and a frighteningly
realistic and knowledgeable evangelical opponent who bears an odd
resemblance to R. Joseph Hoffmann. Not to be missed!
Wrapup: does it matter whether God exists? Tom Flynn
Open forum and concluding Q&A
Hoffmann is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the
Center for Inquiry and director of the Center?s Committee for the
Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER). Among his books are Just War and Jihad
Against the Galileans.
Eddie Tabash is chair of the Center for
Inquiry/West in Los Angeles
and chair of the Council for Secular Humanism?s First Amendment Task
Force. On the existence of God he has debated leading Christian
spokespersons including Peter van Inwagen, William Lane Craig, and
Tom Flynn is editor of Free Inquiry magazine,
director of the Robert
Birthplace Museum, and editor of the
Encyclopedia of Unbelief, the widely-anticipated
new standard reference work on unbelief.
Sherry Rook is vice president of development of
the Center for Inquiry and coordinator of the Council for Secular
Humanism?s Secular Humanist Aid and Relief Effort (SHARE), the nation?s
first all-secular charitable relief project.
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