Two philosophers debate God’s existence

Oregon State will be the scene of a debate that tackles a subject long troubling the greatest minds. Two well known philosophers will discuss God’s existence, or lack thereof,  at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 1, in the Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center.

Is God the greatest fact or the greatest illusion?  Of all the questions posed by philosophy this is surely the most important.  Has scientific knowledge made belief in God unnecessary and outdated?  Is the universe all there is and God merely a human invention and a fantasy?  Or is there an uncreated being, who is absolute, perfect, eternal, and personal that we call God?  If there is no God man has the potential to free himself from an illusion that no longer casts its transcendental spell.  But if God exists humans can find meaning and purpose in life and a secure foundation for ethical behavior.  These issues will be addressed by two distinguished philosophers who will offer widely differing views.

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Biola University in La Mirada, California.  He is known for his contributions to the philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and historical Jesus studies.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Birmingham in the UK,; and a doctorate in theology from the University of Munich, where he studied under the German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg.  He has authored or edited more than 30 books and has engaged many prominent academic atheists in public dialogue and debate.

Victor J. Stenger is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii and currently Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado.  He received his Ph.D. in physics from UCLA.  He was a pioneer in the emerging fields of neutrino astronomy and very high-energy gamma rays.  Stenger has authored nine books that interface between physics and cosmology and philosophy, religion, and pseudoscience.  His most recent titles are Quantum Gods and The New Atheism:  Taking a Stand for Science and Reason (both 2009).

For more information visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/

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