Does God Exist: A Civil Debate

“Does God Exist: Where do the Facts of Science, History and Human Experience Point?”
April 23, 2012. Snohomish, Washington
Citing the benefits of critical thinking, rigorous inquiry and a respectful exchange of ideas, Pastor Gary Jensen of Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish, Washington extended an invitation to debate with the Humanists of North Puget Sound (www.humanistsnps.org ). Robert Ray, president of the HNPS happily accepted the invitation. Jim Corbett, a member of HNPS, who has represented the HNPS in previous debates was selected to debate for HNPS.

Pastor Jensen said, “I am excited to help stage this discussion in order to support academic liberty and free inquiry, and for the purpose of promoting among young people the love of the sciences and the broader liberal arts.” He described himself as being well acquainted with the positions of Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and other leading humanists and said, “I wish to challenge the assertions that humanism (broadly speaking) has a corner on rationality and is supported by the latest scientific knowledge, especially in terms of cosmology.”

Mr. Corbett, of Edmonds, WA, expressed his enthusiasm as well, stating, “I’m happy for the opportunity to represent the views of Humanists in a very positive context. Recent polls have shown that there is a real upswing in interest in Humanism and I’d like to support anyone, especially young people, who have questions about it by providing solid answers.”

The moderator for the debate will be Dr. Jeffrey Mallinson, Academic Dean and Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, WA.

The event will be held on Monday evening, May 14th from 6:30 until 9:00 at Snohomish High School, Snohomish, WA, in the beautiful new, state-of-the-art Snohomish Performing Arts Center, located at[masked]th St., Snohomish, WA 98290.

Debate format:

Opening remarks – 20 minutes each presenter (40 minutes)
Rebuttal – 10 minutes each presenter (20 minutes)
Direct Exchange of Questions 20 to 30 minutes (30 minutes)
Break for Refreshments (15 minutes)
Audience Questions (30 minutes)
Closing remarks – 10 minutes each presenter (20 minutes)

Admission fee will be $1.00 for students, $3 for adults. Proceeds will help offset the costs of hosting the event.

For further information contact:

Gary Jensen,[masked]; e-mail -[masked]

Jim Corbett,[masked]; e-mail – [masked]

Robert Ray,[masked]; [masked]

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  • Robert

    As promised, the site for the debate is now live. www.hnpsquestions.org

    May 28, 2012

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