[ASC-list] The great debate: does God exist?

Mary.Mulcahy at csiro.au Mary.Mulcahy at csiro.au
Wed Aug 6 05:48:45 UTC 2008


The great debate: does God exist?

 

When: 23 August 2008 
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Where: The Wesley Conference Centre
220 Pitt Street, Sydney

 

Michael Shermer, renowned skeptic, and John Lennox, mathematician and
scientist, debate the ultimate question: does God exist? 

Facilitated by Paul Willis from ABC's Catalyst, this debate is sure to
be engaging and entertaining, as the two speakers delve into their pet
topics of intellectual theism, the origins of religion and why people
believe in God?

 

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine and the
Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for
Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science
Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at
Claremont Graduate University. 

 

John Lennox has three degrees in the fields of science and mathematics
and is a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green
College Oxford. His most recent book is 'God's Undertaker: Has Science
Buried God?'.

 

John has recently debated the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins,
while Michael has recently debated William Dembski, an American
proponent of 'intelligent design.'  Brief biographical notes for John
and Michael are below. 

 

This event is free but there are limited seats. Please book your
'tickets' at http://publicchristianity.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=26865
<http://publicchristianity.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=26865>  call 02
9955 0077 or email info at publicchristianity.org
<mailto:info at publicchristianity.org> 

 

The Great Debate is sponsored by Association of Professional Engineers,
Scientists & Managers, Australia (APESMA)

 

Michael Shermer was brought to Australia by the Australian Government
for National Science Week
http://www.scienceweek.info.au/Pages/index.aspx

 

John Lennox was brought to Australia by the Centre for Public
Christianity www.publicchristianity.org

 


Biographies for Dr Michael Shermer and Dr John Lennox

 

The Skeptic: Dr Michael Shermer
Ever wonder why people believe in UFOs and alien abductions,
mind-reading and psychics, reincarnation and life after death,
out-of-body experiences and urban legends? Dr Michael Shermer
investigates these questions and more as an internationally renowned
skeptic.

 

A genuine ghost-buster, Michael is on a crusade against junk science,
bad science and plain old nonsense.

 

Michael is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine (www.skeptic.com),
the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, a monthly columnist for
Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science
Lecture Series at Caltech, and Adjunct Professor of Economics at
Claremont Graduate University.

 

His book How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God,
presents his theory on the origins of religion and why people believe in
God.

 


The Mathematician: John C. Lennox
Dr. John Lennox is a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy and Chaplain
at Green College Oxford, and Senior Fellow of the Whitefield Institute
in Oxford.  In his latter capacity he is interested in the frontier
areas of Science, Philosophy, and Theology and has lectured on Christian
apologetics (particularly on the Science-Religion debate) in many
universities and Academies of Science.  He has also written articles on
such topics for the secular press, particularly in Russia.  He is
co-author of a number of books including the forthcoming 'God's
Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?'.  

 

Far from agreeing that science might ever be 'God's undertaker', he
claims that God is the ground of all explanation, not just to be called
upon in aid when scientists are faced with phenomena which they cannot
at present explain. 

 

 

 

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Mary Mulcahy 

Chair NSW National Science Week Committee 

Communications and Outreach Manager

CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility

Cnr Vimiera and Pembroke Roads
Marsfield NSW 2122

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Epping NSW 1710

Phone: 02 9372 4528

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Email: mary.mulcahy at csiro.au <mailto:mary.mulcahy at csiro.au> 

Web: http://www.atnf.csiro.au

 




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