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Sunday Debate - Confront Religion?
Debate: Religious Believers: Confront or Ignore?

Sunday, April 15, 2007, 10:30, Pellissippi State Technical Community College.
(Come a bit early for coffee and socializing.)

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We will debate the topic: "Religious Believers, Confront of Ignore." Michael Lance will lead the "Ignore" team, Carl Ledendecker will lead the "Confront" team, Lorrie Lance will serve as moderator, and Phil King will be the neutral judge.

Paul Kurtz, best known for his prominent role in the United States skeptical community, makes the following comments in an article, "Religion in Conflict: Are 'Evangelical Atheists' Too Outspoken?"

"... The recent publication of four books—The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins; The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, both by Sam Harris; and Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett — has provoked great controversy and consternation.

The fact that books by Dawkins and Harris have made it to The New York Times best-seller list has apparently sent chills down the spines of many commentators; not only conservative religionists but also some otherwise liberal secularists are worried about this unexpected development.

We note that the people now being attacked are affiliated with FREE INQUIRY and the Center for Inquiry. The editors of FREE INQUIRY, of course, are gratified that the views espoused in these pages have received a wider forum. What disturbs us is the preposterous outcry that atheists are "evangelical" and that they have gone too far in their criticism of religion ..."

Posted by pking
Apr. 10, 2007