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FW: Learn How to WIN those Arguments about Religion

From: Geoffrey
Sent on: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 11:49 AM




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Now Learn How to WIN those Arguments about Religion!

"Does God Exist?: A New Survey of the Arguments Pro and Con"

Philadelphia Oct. 12-14

Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia, 237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

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 and New 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.

The Venue

Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia
237 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

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 Room:
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.

Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia $179 per night [masked]


Friday, October 12
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Opening Reception

Saturday, October 13
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

6:30 p.m.: Banquet with Keynote Presentation by Joe Hoffmann: "The Scientific Investigation of Religion"

Sunday, October 14
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


R. Joseph 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 and Julian?s 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 Richard Swinburne.

Tom Flynn is editor of Free Inquiry magazine, director of the Robert G. Ingersoll Birthplace Museum, and editor of the forthcoming New 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.

To Register, View our Brochure here!



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