It's the type of question that could start a war. Come to think of it, it probably has.
But on October 2nd, two brave souls somehow succeeded in discussing that very question without any (physical or emotional) bloodshed. Instead of name-calling there was friendly jibes, and instead of hard feelings there was laughter. At the end of the discussion the ideological opponents had loved every minute of it, and so did those lucky enough to be there to witness it.
If you were at the Question of God Forum, you know exactly what I mean. And if you weren't, well... don't worry. We are making DVD's. :o)
The "Question of God Forum" was a friendly dialogue between the President of the American Atheists, Dave Silverman, and Christian scholar, professor and author Dr. Glenn Sunshine. It was held at a local college campus and organized entirely by Community Christian Fellowship, the small and fairly-new church where my husband and I are founding members. It's the first time that our church sponsored something like this, and we were excited about bringing this type of event to our community.
|Dean from CCF introduces the speakers|
|Dave Silverman, or as the Atheists called him, "Mr. President"|
(In case you were wondering, that was intended to be a rhetorical question!)
|Dr. Glenn Sunshine, Christian prof/author/scholar. (Notice how he didn't need to use notes. It's all in his brain. Very impressive.)|
|Pat (my hubby) runs the Q&A|
|Attendees were able to talk to the speakers during the intermission, which was so much fun. Thanks to Dave and Glenn for being so approachable and open!|
I know it is.
(Oh, and in case you were wondering, the local paper did eventually print my "letter to the editor" about the Question of God Forum. They printed it the morning of the event, which is not exactly what I was hoping for, but I guess it's better than nothing.)
Next up... the race that almost wasn't.