Metro State Atheists

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Christopher Hitchens Debate

The following was sent to me by Jeanette of Denver Atheists & Freethinkers (DAFT).

Christopher Hitchens will be debating Dinesh D’Souza in Boulder, an event called “What’s So Great About God?” It will be held at Macky Auditorium, on the CU Boulder campus. You can buy tickets (only $10. apiece, + $1.50 service charge) at King Soopers or online through the following link, which also has links to venue information and a map:

http://ticketswest.rd…

It may be hard for group members to find each other there, so if you want to hang out with DAFT members, it might be best to carpool. Boulder’s a long way out there for many of us, and it’s more fun to go to events with others, anyway. (I, Jeanette, live in southeast Denver by D.U., so that’s one potential carpooling hub.)

Note: No RSVP limit, no limit on guests, maybe RSVPs allowed. The only limit is on the number of available tickets, and that has nothing to do with me. biggrin

Thank you to D.A.F.T. member Robert Dixon for passing this info along to me.

Location:

Macky Auditorium

17th St. and University Avenue

Boulder, CO 80309

Time
January 26, 2009 at 7:00pm
That is a Monday
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December 13, 2008 - Posted by | atheism, Events, god, News, religion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. […] Original post by unknown […]

    Pingback by Christopher Hitchens Debate « Metro State Atheists | December 13, 2008

  2. Atheist –“a” theist– Greek for “no god” or “No God” and the problem with that is in order to prove there is no God any person would have to be everywhere at the same time just in case He is hiding from you …. So, the term is a contradiction …

    Comment by timfamilyman | March 4, 2009

  3. First, you’re initial information given is flawed. Theism is “Belief in a deity, or deities, as opposed to atheism. b. Belief in one god, as opposed to polytheism or pantheism; = MONOTHEISM. c. Belief in the existence of God, with denial of revelation: = DEISM. d. esp. Belief in one God as creator and supreme ruler of the universe, without denial of revelation: in this use distinguished from deism.” (Source: Oxford English Dictionary) Please notice that it says “belief in a deity”. Thus, Atheism translates, not as you said it, but to “no belief in a deity”. Thus, your assertion is blatantly false.

    Second, your argument that “to prove there is no God any person would have to be everywhere at the same time just in case He is hiding from you” is also false as I will show. We don’t assert that we can prove there is no god as that would be proving a negative, which is next to impossible for anything. (ie. you can’t prove leprechauns don’t exist can you?) So, this argument is a strawman, relying on a fairly awful understanding of our argument. We assert, for your clarification, that it is highly unlikely that a god or gods exist, given our current knowledge of the universe via science. You are also saying, in essence that one would have to be god, or have god-like properties which doesn’t make sense to the monotheist, in order to prove god doesn’t exist. Can god prove he doesn’t exist? Of course, this question is self-defeating and contradictory. If god was hiding from us, wouldn’t he be hiding from you too? Of course, you’ll say no because of some special ability you seem to have that is solely dependent on some subjective criteria that cannot be independently verified. I can say this because you are not the first, and probably not the last, person to make this claim and this argument.
    In closing, your conclusion “the term [atheist] is a contradiction” is false. I could argue that there is no term or word that is itself internally contradictory due to the nature of language (as I am also a linguist) but the above arguments are sufficient to disprove your claim. Further, if by now you are saying “you gave the definition of theism not theist” I will provide you with the Oxford English Dictionary definition of theist, which is “One who holds the doctrine of theism”. Thus, my argument is sound and requires nothing further.

    Joel

    Comment by Metro State Atheists | March 5, 2009


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