I read this article in today's news and couldn't help but feel positive. Surely it isn't just another way of putting out the "Christian Message", at least I hope it isn't.

Local News Ohio physicist, minister debate existence of God

June 21, 2014 09:19 EDT CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A northeast Ohio church is grappling head-on with a fundamental question: Does God exist? The Northwest Church of Christ in Canton is hosting a debate on the topic Saturday night that is open to the public. Squaring off will be Mano Singham (MAH'-noh SIHNG'-uhm), a theoretical physicist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Joe Puckett Jr. Puckett is a Christian philosopher and minister for the Hartville Church of Christ. Both men are authors with academic training in their subjects. Puckett hatched the idea for the debate and brought it to the non-theist community, with Singham welcoming the invitation. Both men are promising a frank, civil and open-minded conversation. Polls indicate more than 70 percent of Americans are religious, and about 30 percent nonreligious. 

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Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 23, 2014 at 7:24am

Randall, I imagine it was fun just to be able to attend such an event. Perhaps the idea will spread and become a regular event.  There are so many aspects of theism vs. non-theism I would enjoy hearing discussed.  I just finished reading two books by Sam Harris and I'm eager to discuss them in person or at least hear an honest debate of his writings.  

Comment by Randall Smith on June 23, 2014 at 6:14am

I went to a church sponsored (Meth) debate a few years ago in Zionsville, In (ironic name for a town). The odds were stacked against atheist Dan Barker (from FFRF) as he "debated"  protestant and Jewish theologians. The audience was pretty much divided from the applause I heard (from 150 people?). The actual topic was "Can you be good without God?" In my opinion, that's a fairly inane question. Anyway, it was fun to be there.

Comment by Michael Penn on June 22, 2014 at 12:39pm

I'm curious about it also, and I watch The Atheist Experience from Austin pretty often. They keep me informed and entertained. It will be interesting to see how this goes in Ohio, and see if this idea spreads. What would be nice is to see the religious and non-religious percentages reverse. That will only happen with more attention to the atheist cause. Bring on the debates.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 22, 2014 at 10:44am

I'm curious too. I was driving on the expressway the other day and after seeing a huge sign for a local mega church I wondered how the citizens of San Antonio would react to non-theist billboard such as the ones in Ohio. I hope there is some way for us to either hear or read the script of the debate.  Surely someone will record it. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 22, 2014 at 10:10am

I saw that covered in the Cleveland Plain Dealer a couple days ago.  Considering that plus the billboard campaign which I mentioned a bit ago, it may be that atheists in the northeast Ohio area are looking to get more active and pushing the conversation more than a little.  I'll be curious to see what comes of all of this.



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