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Do We Need God?

Do We Need God?

Larry Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation went head-to-head in debate against atheist Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine in Seattle's Benaroya Hall on September 30, 2015 for a lively exchange of ideas. Shermer's latest book is The Moral Arc, which argues that humanity is getting morally "better" apart from God, and that society is outgrowing its need for religion. Sponsored by Summer Classics. Pre-order the streaming video here. DVD coming soon.

The Al Jazeera Debate

Al Jazeera Debate

Fixed Point's Larry Taunton represented the Christian view in a debate with atheist Dan Dennett & Muslim Imam Zaid Shakir on Al Jazeera on Sunday, May 17th for the launch of Third Rail, a new current affairs program hosted by Imran Garda. Al Jazeera's global reach is 260 million. The network hasn’t made the full debate video available yet, but you can watch an excerpt from the broadcast here.

Gay Marriage: A Debate

Some would have us believe the debate is over. We don't think so.

To that end, Fixed Point Foundation goes where many fear to tread: a debate on gay marriage. Will Saletan of Slate and Sherif Girgis, author of "What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense," go head-to-head over one of the most hotly contested topics of our time.

Whatever your opinion is on the issue, this debate offers both sides a wonderful opportunity to engage those who do not agree with them in a civil way. Poster image: ©

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God or No God?

Christopher Hitchens vs. Larry Taunton: A Debate

Before a packed house at the Babcock Theater in the picturesque city of Billings, Montana, Christopher Hitchens, famed atheist and author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," debates Larry Taunton, executive director at Fixed Point Foundation.

Curious to many is the fact that Hitchens and Taunton, while categorically disagreeing on this debate's central question, are friends. They have debated one another privately on numerous occasions. This is their first public encounter. The two men go head-to-head on a question with profound implications a question ultimately relevant to everyone.

Through lively and passionate dialogue, God or No God? Provides an excellent opportunity for people of all persuasions to engage with the ideas that are vying for influence in our culture.

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Has Science Buried God?

Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox: A Debate

An enthralling topic for scientists, skeptics, and Christians for nearly 150 years, the answer to this question has implications that reverberate throughout public and private life, from government policy and medical ethics to individual choices made every day.

Two scientists return to the Oxford Museum of Natural History, the famed site of the 1860 evolution debate between Huxley and Wilberforce. Discussing an issue the BBC calls "as fierce as ever," the two go head to head in a remarkable match of intellect.

Holding the atheistic position is Prof. Richard Dawkins, celebrated author of "The God Delusion" and regarded by many as the spokesman for the "New Atheism." Opposing Dawkins is his fellow Oxford professor John Lennox. Lennox, like Dawkins, has dedicated his career to science, but arrives at very different conclusions. "It is the very nature of science," he says "that leads me to belief in God."

In this discussion, these two great minds come together for a lively, entertaining, and thoughtful dialogue on one of the most important questions of our time.

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The God Delusion Debate

Richard Dawkins vs. John Lennox: A Debate

In 2006, world-renowned atheist and scientist Professor Richard Dawkins published his world-wide best-seller "The God Delusion," an all-out assault on religion in general and Christianity in particular. In it, Dawkins asserts that such belief is nothing short of delusional.

One year later, two of the greatest minds in the science-religion debate met to put those assertions to the test.

The God Delusion Debate pits Dawkins against his Oxford University colleague Professor John Lennox, who is both a scientist and a Christian theologian. In this, his first visit to the so-called Bible Belt, Dawkins debates his views as expressed in "The God Delusion" and their validity over and against the Christian faith. The event garnered national and international attention from The Times of London, NPR, BBC, Christian Post, and Fox News Network. Spectator Magazine called the debate remarkable, and still others have called it historic.

The God Delusion Debate was filmed on October 3, 2007 before a sold-out crowd at the University of Alabama-Birmingham's Alys Stephens Center and broadcast to a global audience of over one million.

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Does Atheism Poison Everything?

Christopher Hitchens vs. David Berlinski: A Debate

In front of a sold-out crowd of 1,200 in Birmingham, Alabama, Christopher Hitchens, famed atheist and author of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," debates Dr. David Berlinski, Paris mathematician and author of "The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions."

Hitchens and others of the New Atheism movement have called for the annihilation of religion in order to establish a purely secular society. Berlinski, who describes himself as a secular Jew and an agnostic takes the position that a society absent religious influence is not the kind of place where most of us would want to live.

So the question stands: Is a purely secular society preferable to a religious one? Ultimately, this is a question of importance to everyone. Whether a given society is with or without a religious influence affects people of all persuasions, not just Christians and atheists. Seen the debate? Click here for questions this debate raises.

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Is There a God?

John Lennox vs. Peter Singer: A Debate

In the land Down Under, two intellectual titans go head to head over an age-old question: Is there a God? Oxford scientist and Christian apologist John Lennox takes on bioethicist and philosopher Peter Singer, one of the most controversial and influential atheists of our time. Fixed Point's Larry Taunton moderates the debate in the handsome Town Hall of Melbourne, Australia Singer's home city.

At times philosophical, at times deeply personal, "Is There a God?" is a fascinating debate that grapples with difficult subjects such as suffering, justice, and more - right down to the most fundamental questions of existence: "Who am I?" and "Why am I here?"

"Given what we know about the world now, belief in a deity - particularly a deity of the Bible - is irrational." - Peter Singer

"Just as rationality can be used but cannot ultimately be explained without God, the same is true of morality." - John Lennox

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Can There Be Morality Without God?

Dinesh D'Souza vs. Peter Singer: A Debate

In front of a sold out crowd at Princeton University, cultural commentator Dinesh D'Souza debates bioethicist and philosopher Peter Singer, one of the most controversial and influential atheists of our time. Having both written on the topic, D'Souza and Singer dispute where and how we find the very foundations of morality.

"Can there be Morality Without God?" sees two of the world's brightest minds clash in a dynamic encounter on a provocative subject. And in the end, the question of whether or not our moral codes owe their origin to an authority beyond ourselves is a question that applies to everyone.

"Much of what we call secular morality is itself standing on a Christian pedestal." - Dinesh D'Souza

"We have to use our own judgement. We have to sort out for ourselves what's right and wrong." - Peter Singer

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Is God Great?

Christopher Hitchens vs. John Lennox: A Debate

Asking the question "Is God great?" may seem strange to many. They argue that, in a time when people cannot even agree on God's existence, such a question seems presumptuous at the very least. But the issue continues to arise. "Is God Great?" sees two of the West's very best minds face off on the subject - Christopher Hitchens and professor John Lennox.

Hitchens, who made his opinion clear on the topic with his book "God is not Great," maintains not only that God fails to be great, but denies his existence entirely. Professor Lennox, a convinced Christian and scientist, respectfully disagrees. This event features a unique blend of both planned remarks and fast-paced dialogue that tackles these issues in a refreshing and informative light. It is sure to offer insights to all.

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God on Trial

Christopher Hitchens vs. Dinesh D'Souza: A Debate

"God on Trial" pits two of the most eloquent and influential spokesmen for atheism and Christianity against one another in what is surely one of the most spirited discussions of its kind. Celebrated atheist Christopher Hitchens matches wits with bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza before a packed house of over 2,000 people in St. Louis' elegant Powell Symphony Hall. No matter what you believe, God on Trial will challenge your prejudices and opinions on issues that are relevant to us all: faith, eternity, purpose, justice, and morality.

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Can Atheism Save Europe?

Christopher Hitchens vs. John Lennox: A Debate

A New Europe is emerging from the old order and with it, a modern version of an old philosophy. Dubbed the New Atheism, advocates are calling for the abandonment of Europe's religious heritage and the adoption of an aggressive secularism. Religion is detrimental to society, they argue. Indeed, in the words of Christopher Hitchens, it "poisons everything."

Some, such as professor John Lennox, strongly disagree. They maintain that, far from undermining society, the preservation of religious though, and Christianity in particular, is vital to the survival of Western civilization.

All this leads to the inevitable questions: Should atheism replace Christianity in Europe? Does atheism have a better record than Christianity? And finally: where would the New Atheism lead the New Europe?

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God and the Problem of Suffering

God and the Problem of Suffering At the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Professor Bart Ehrman and Dinesh D'Souza debate whether evil and suffering undermine the possibility of God's existence. The debate focuses on Ehrman's book "God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question -- Why We Suffer."  Ehrman says it was the issue of suffering that led him to reject belief in the God of the Bible.