Debate between Dinesh D'Souza and Michael Shermer in Fresno - April 18th

As you can see, I’ve been away from my blog for a while. Mostly this is for work reasons, but a smaller reason is due to some exciting upcoming events, and possibly even some changes.

For this post, I’ll concentrate on making an announcement that is pretty major to the secular community in the California Central Valley. So, as this post title says -


Michael Shermer will be debating Dinesh D’Souza here in Fresno, on April 18th!

The debate is hosted by the New Covenant Community Church, with some small assistance by the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skeptics. New Covenant asked CVAAS to assist with this event, and perhaps assist with other future events as well.

Also, on April 19th, there will be an apologetics symposium held by the New Covenant church, which will conclude with a moderated table discussion between CVAAS and New Covenant members.

Here is the tentative event agenda:
Debate
Debate between Dinesh D'Souza and Michael Shermer


Debate topic: "Does God Exist?" (Subject to change)

Date: Friday April 18th
Time: 7 PM
Fee: NO FEE is required to attend this event
Location: California State University, Fresno - South Gym
- 5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740
(Google Map, Campus Map)

- Seating is limited to the first 1,000 who show up. Seating opens at 6PM, so come early!

- For those who are coming from out of town to attend this event, please email me and I will save a seat for those in your party.

CVAAS will be hosting two tables at this event. Stop by and say hello!


Apologetics Symposium
(How to witness to nonbelievers and unchurched)

Date: Saturday April 19th
Time: Welcome address at 8:00 AM
Fee: $20 per person for this event
Location: New Covenant Community Church - Main building
- 1744 E. Nees Ave, Fresno CA 93720
(Google map)

Schedule: (Subject to changes)

8:00 AM - Welcome address by Dinesh D'Souza

Speakers: (Starting at 8:30 or 9:00, ending at 12:30 - 1 PM)

- Dr. Craig Hazen, Director of the M.A. Christian Apologetics Program for Biola University
- - Subject: Challenging Religious Pluralism

- Bishop John-David Schofield of the San Joaquin, CA Episcopal Diocese (Fresno Bee Article)
-- Subject: Moral Issues

- Dr. Chap Clark, associate professor and director of youth ministry programs at Fuller Theological Seminary
- - Subject: Parenting

- Alan Shlemon, a speaker for the Stand to Reason Christian radio talk show
- - Subject: Logic and tactics for witnessing

Break for lunch (12:30 AM – 1:15PM)

1:15 PM - Moderated table discussion between CVAAS and New Covenant church members, followed by questions from the audience. Held in the Student Ministries building. The moderator will be Molly Award winner Scott Hatfield of the blog “Monkey Trials”. The theme of this discussion is yet to be decided.
I have been told that Atheist and Skeptic organizations from as far away as Los Angeles and Sacramento will be convoying to attend this event. If you are a Skeptic or Secular person living in the California Central Valley, this is your opportunity to come out and show your support!

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29 Feb 08 - Update:

I forgot to include a link to my description of my first visit to New Covenant Community Church. You can go there and read about my return to (any) church after an absence of 8 or 9 years.

Also, you can find out more about this event from the New Covenant Community Church "In Defense of Faith" debate and symposium website. If you will be attending the April 19th symposium, you must register at their website. However, the symposium on the 19th is free for students.

4 Mar 08 - Update:

I'd like to extend a welcome to those who have found their way here from the Skepticality podcast. Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You aren't much of an Atheist group if you're working with a church, are you?

Scott Hatfield . . . . said...

Interestingly enough, when I look at the Biola University Apologetics page, I discover many Fellows of the Discovery Institute:

Jay Richards
William Lane Craig
Philip Johnson
J.P. Moreland

as well as a fellow-traveler who essentially wrote a puff piece for the DI

Lee Strobel

Calladus said...

Uhm... Anon, that comment isn't very well thought out.

Perhaps you don't see that by working with a church, who is actually hosting a major Skeptic and Atheist in a debate, that our Atheist / Skeptic group will be able to get the word out that we are here. There will be other skeptical / secular attendees at this debate who might be interested in joining with our group.

Before you reply, I'll expect you to read and comply with my comment moderation policy as seen on the right of my blog. Thanks!

Norma said...

This is 'cool'. I didn't know you had a web site.
Ok, here goes ...
The comment from "Anonymous ...
You aren't much of an Atheist group if you're working with a church, are you?"
IMO, that just shows how bigoted some skeptics and atheists are. Of course he meant it as a joke but it didn't sound like it. Because I've known so many so called skeptics that do act that way.

Norma said...

Whoops, had to send it again, sorry!
This is 'cool'. I didn't know you had a web site.
Ok, here goes ...
The comment from "Anonymous ...
"You aren't much of an Atheist group if you're working with a church, are you?"
IMO, that just shows how bigoted some skeptics and atheists are. Of course if he meant it as a joke that's different, but it didn't sound like it. Because I've known so many so called skeptics that do act that way.

Calladus said...

Norma, I think that perhaps you ran into my moderation. You didn't need to double-post.

I've had to set up moderation because some people have been very, ah, childish in their responses in the past. I had one anonymous poster who liked to post expletives, usually the same word or phrase - repeated a hundred times or so in one post.

So now I approve all posts to my blog - which may make it seem as if your post hasn't gone through on the first try.

Still, I pretty much allow everything to be posted. Including this first anonymous person - who I think feels that he or she is being insightfully clever.

Anonymous said...

Will this debate on April 18th be video taped and/or audio taped & made available online or via a podcast, etc.?

I have head Mr. D'souza speak in the past & he is very articulate & passionate. This should be a very exciting debate for all Skeptics to see.

I would love to attend first-hand, but live in San Diego, so travel could be an issue.