Christian philosopher Phil Smith will debate atheist Bernie Dehler in Beaverton on Tue. 11-18-14. All details for the free event can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/kd9dkmp . The topic is “Is Faith in God Warranted?”
Phil Smith is a Christian philosophy professor at George Fox University. His latest book is “Why Faith Is a Virtue” found here: http://tinyurl.com/m4jvgwu . He is also the author of these fiction and non-fiction books:
— “Buying the Bangkok Girl” http://tinyurl.com/mhav4sa
— “The Virtue of Civility in the Practice of Politics” http://tinyurl.com/lugl9st
— “Heart of the Sea” http://tinyurl.com/lrnmpco
Bernie Dehler works in the computer industry, and was an evangelical born-again Christian for over 25 years. Prior to that he was a Roman Catholic. Bernie left the Christian faith in 2009 and became an atheist. He is the author of the free ebook “Modern Science and Philosophy Destroy Christian Theology” found here: http://tinyurl.com/q6kz88k .
Dehler and Smith have debated locally before, and you can freely watch their previous debates here:
1. “Does anything supernatural exist? (2014)” http://tinyurl.com/n6w9tyu
2. “Christian/Atheist Debate On Theodicy (The Problem of Evil) (2012)” http://tinyurl.com/oqvx2lk
Bernie Dehler will be debating many more Christians in the following months. These are all free events located in the Portland Oregon area. (This is an excellent opportunity for Christians to try out their apologetics and evangelism ideas; to see if they have merit.) Here is a upcoming summary of events, and all details can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Philosophical-Naturalists/ .
Date: Tue. 11-18-14
Topic: Is Faith in God Warranted?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Philosophy Prof. Phil Smith
Date: Tue. 12-9-14
Topic: Can a God Become a Human?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Seminary Prof. Gerry Breshears
Date: Tue. 1-13-15
Topic: Which Best Explains Man’s Origin, Creation or Evolution?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Bart Rask, M.D.
Date: Feb. 2015, (Details still TBD)
Preliminary Topic: Can a Christian practice science?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Prof. Ted Davis
Venue: Oregon State University, sponsored by the Socratic Club
Dehler’s other Christian/atheist debates in the Portland area can be freely seen at this YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/pz8bm6x .
Other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
— The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl
— Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
— Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
— Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
— Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
— Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
— Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc