President D'Souza to Debate the Merits of Religion
D'Souza and renowned atheist will debate at University of Florida
NEW YORK, April 6, 2011—Dinesh D’Souza, president of The King’s College in New York City, will debate atheist Michael Shermer on April 19, 2011, at the University of Florida. The pair will ask, “Is religion the problem?”
The world sees increasing radicalism coming from all corners of the globe, and religion in general bears much of the blame. Historically, it would seem that religion has produced persecution and bloodshed in massive quantities. But is that a fair characterization? Would a secular world actually be a more peaceful world?
D’Souza, who will contend that religion has been beneficial to Western Civilization, is a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He also served as the John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of What’s So Great About Christianity.
Shermer is the Founding Publisher of “Skeptic” magazine, 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 at Claremont Graduate University. He wrote Why Darwin Matters and will contend that religion is, in fact, a problem for society.
The event, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the University Auditorium at the University of Florida, is free and open to the public. The Auditorium is located at the corner of Union Road and Newell Drive in Gainesville, Fla.
The King’s College is located in the Empire State Building in New York City.
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