Mark Tiborsky, an indefatigable member of the Northeast Ohio secular community who is actively involved in the Freethinkers, Center of Inquiry, and Coalition of Reason has issued a press release about my upcoming debate with Rev, Joe Puckett, where I will be affirming the proposition that god does not exist.
Area Minister, Theoretical Physicist to Debate Existence of God
The Northwest Church of Christ in Canton will be hosting a debate on the existence of God on Saturday, June 21 at 6pm. Squaring off in the debate, titled “God Does Not Exist”, will be Case Western Reserve University theoretical physicist Mano Singham and Christian philosopher and Minister for the Hartville Church of Christ, Joe Puckett, Jr. The debate will be free and open to the public.
It was Puckett who approached the local non-theist community with an invitation to debate. Singham readily accepted the offer a day later. Both Puckett and Singham are published authors with considerable academic credentials.
“I am excited about the debate. More than anything, I think we need to show that we can have open and yet civil conversations about issues important to us in which we disagree,” says Puckett. “Without minimizing the differences, believers and unbelievers can get together as human beings to engage in open-minded debate.”
Recent surveys have shown that while the U.S. is still predominantly Christian at 77% of the adult population, the number of religious “nones” is growing. Those who claim “no religion” now make up about 18% of the population, while 6% count themselves as atheists or agnostics.
Singham places himself among the 6%. “While the ancient holy books of religions describe gods involving themselves unambiguously and visibly in the lives of people, we now live in an age where people have to struggle to discern even the faintest sign that gods are doing anything at all,” says Singham. “This naturally raises the question as to whether gods exist or whether they are purely the creations of people’s imaginations. The upcoming debate, which I am honored to participate in, seeks to examine this question seriously and in depth.”
“I hope we both can show what a frank and civil conversation can look like,” adds Puckett. “The way I see it, this is not a debate involving two people against each other. It is about presenting two ways of looking at the world and letting the listeners decide for themselves.”
When: Saturday, June 21 at 6pm
Where: Northwest Church of Christ, 3904 38th Street NW, Canton, OH
The debate may be livestreamed (I am not quite sure yet) and will be put on YouTube later. I’ll give more details later as I get them.