TWU Faith and Science Club, Institute of Christian Apologetics, and Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation Present, Stream and Faculty Panel, “Is God a Figment of our Imagination?”
Our dialogue brings together two leading thinkers who have thoughtfully wrestled with this question, each not only having embarked on a personal pilgrimage, but each bringing a lifetime of erudition, experience, and insights to bear on this theme. Alister McGrath, the athiest who would become a theist, and Michael Shermer, the theist who would become an atheist.
As a former atheist, McGrath is respectful yet critical of the movement. In recent years, he has been especially interested in the emergence of “scientific atheism”, and has researched the distinctive approach to atheist apologetics found in the writings of the Oxford zoologist and scientific populariser Richard Dawkins. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with leading atheists, and is presently researching the iconic role played by Charles Darwin in atheist apologetics, and the appeal to the controversial and problematic concept of the “meme” in recent atheist accounts of the origins of belief in God.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. In addition to teaching a critical thinking course, he also teaches psychology, evolution, and the history of science. As a public intellectual he regularly contributes Opinion Editorials, book reviews, and essays to the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications, along with over 200 consecutive monthly columns in Scientific American, where he has been a regular contributor since 2001. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Tom Snyder, Donahue, Oprah, Lezza, Unsolved Mysteries and other shows as a skeptic of weird and extraordinary claims, as well as interviews in countless science and history documentaries aired on PBS, A&E, Discovery, The History Channel, The Science Channel, and The Learning Channel. Dr. Shermer was the co-host and co-producer of the 13-hour Family Channel television series, Exploring the Unknown.
TWU FACULTY PANELISTS:
Paul Chamberlain, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics and Professor of Apologetics, Philosophy & Ethics (ACTS Seminaries)
Jaime Palmer-Hague, Ph.D. ,Assistant Professor of Psychology (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences)
Myron Penner, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences); Director of Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities; Director of Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning
For more information contact Mark McEwan