Perspectives from An Atheist Philosopher and a Christian Theologian

What is a well-lived life? How do we decide if our choices are worthwhile or good? Examining the assumptions we have about life can help us to start to answer these questions. In this forum two well-respected scholars with vastly different worldviews discussed how their assumptions lead to their distinctive understandings of our historical, personal, and public selves.

The discussion was held on May 5th, 2014, at the Stanford Faculty Club.


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The Speakers

N.T. Wright

N.T. Wright

N.T. WRIGHT is one of the world's leading Bible scholars and currently serves as the Chair of Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He taught New Testament Studies at Cambridge and Oxford University for twenty years, and has authored many award-winning books, including The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God.

Moderator: Rev Scotty McLennan

Rev. Scotty McLennan

SCOTTY McLENNAN is the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford. He has degrees in divinity and law from Harvard, is ordained to the ministry (Unitarian Universalist) and has been admitted to the Massachusetts bar as an attorney. He has taught various undergraduate courses at Stanford as well as at the Graduate School of Business ("The Business World: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry Through Literature"). His primary research interests are in the interface of religion, ethics and the professions. Dean McLennan is the author of several books, including Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning (Harper San Francisco, 1999) and Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All (Palgrave Macmillan 2009)."


This event was organized and sponsored in collaboration among the following Stanford student groups and organizations:

  • Intervarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • RUF
  • Cardinal Life
  • Chi Alpha
  • GSC
  • ASSU
  • Veritas Forum