“Mythinformation”: Robert Price vs Bart Ehrman

 

On October 21/2016, Jesus mythicist and New Testament Bible scholar Dr. Robert Price will be debating New Testament scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman in Milwaukee. Secular activist Matt Dillahunty will be moderating.

The debate will be on whether there was a historical Jesus.  Price (mythicist) and Ehrman (historicist) will present the evidence and address the arguments.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to  Mythinformation Conference III

If you plan to go, and would like to connect with others from CFI Canada, please contact Lee Shields by email: reachout@centreforinquiry.ca

Meaning without a Maker?

Meaning without a Maker?

Sunday,  May 1
7:00 PM

Ottawa Little Theatre
400 King Edward Ave., Ottawa, ON

Dig & Delve, Centre for Inquiry Canada, and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries jointly present a public dialogue between a Christian and an atheist regarding the universal search for meaning.

Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the event to help defray expenses.

You can also donate directly to CFIC to support this event:

Space is limited – please sign up at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dig-delve-dialogue-meaning-without-a-maker-tickets-24114286480 to reserve your spot.

 

The Speakers

Dr. Os Guinness is an author and social critic. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford. http://www.osguinness.com

Dr. Christopher DiCarlo is a philosopher, educator, and author. He currently teaches in the Faculties of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. He also teaches at Sheridan College in Brampton and Oakville, ON. http://www.cdicarlo.com

Space is limited; to ensure your spot, please click here to pre-register.

Bill Nye the Science Guy vs Ken Ham the Young Earth Creationist

About 17 people in Ottawa got together for a group viewing of the Nye vs Ham debate. We ate bowtie pasta, pea soup with ham, black hole black bean dip, and we had a drinking game (using keywords like “kinds”, “creation”, “were you there”, mentions of numbers of years, etc).

Ham talked about how Christianity was crumbling because of people questioning the literal truths proclaimed in genesis. Nye talked about the scientific approach to knowledge used by people in “the outside world”. That one phrase encapsulates the brilliance of Nye`s approach. Someone like Dawkins would probably have used the phrase “the real world”, which both creationists and fence-sitters would have found insulting and demeaning. Nye’s term was rather more neutral (and also fed into the belief of many Christians that they are set apart as the people of God).

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Ask the “religion experts” – a secular humanist perspective

Kevin Smith, chair of the board of CFI Canada, is a member of a panel of “religion experts”  for a weekly column  in the Ottawa Citizen

Here’s an excerpt from Kevin’s response to the question for the week of 20 July which asks: Why should we take the advice of so-called religious experts?

No advice from a self-professed religious expert should be taken as gospel when it violates human equality. It is imperative that we criticize those who call homosexuals intrinsically disordered or treat women as second-class citizens.

Read more here, and check back next week for updates on the latest column.

UBCO Skeptics

Our affiliated student group is UBCO Skeptics.

You can join their Facebook group here.

They have monthly gatherings on the last Monday of the month at 5:30pm at the coffee shop in the Fipke Building.