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Hitchens and Haldane Debate Secularism and Faith in the Public Square

Last month, John Haldane and Christopher Hitchens participated in a discussion at Oxford University. The dialogue, organized by the Veritas Forum, considered whether secularism or religion provides a superior public philosophy.  The issue of whether the public square should be free of appeals to faith is fiercely contested today in the Western world. Both speakers give their opinions on this question, as well as examining which worldview can deliver a better foundation for human rights, liberties, and shared ideals. John Haldane is the Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the Director of their Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Christopher Hitchens is a essayist, journalist and author several books, including God is Not Great.

The video from the exchange has just gone up on YouTube in ten parts (H/T: Edward Feser) and the audio can be found here. I’ve embedded the Vimeo video below (courtesy of the Veritas Forum).

‘We Don’t Do God’? Secularism and Faith in the Public Square from The Veritas Forum on Vimeo.

The New Veritas Forum Website

The Veritas Forum have just launched their new website. Began in 1992 at Harvard, the campus ministry was established to provide a context for students to explore the ultimate questions of life. Today the organization works with more than 60 leading schools throughout North American and Europe, coordinating events with leading Christian thinkers such as Os Guinness, Alister McGrath, Dallas Willard and many more.

The website offers many great videos and resources that I encourage you to explore.

Here are a few:

The Existence of Evil and the Problem of God
Alvin Plantinga and Richard Gale Ph.D.
University of Tennessee

A Conversation with Tim Keller: Belief in an Age of Skepticism?
Timothy J. Keller
University of California, Berkeley

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, Part 1 of 2
N. T. Wright
Georgetown University

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Time for Truth
Os Guinness
University of California, Los Angeles

Relativism
JP Moreland
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo