Recurring Group Meetings
every Wednesday, 8-9:30pm
Monday, October 10, 2005
Admission: $2 students, $5 general
Conversation on "Does God Belong in Science?"
Paul Nelson is a philosopher of biology specializing in the foundations of evolutionary theory, the relationship of science and theology, and the design argument. He has written and lectured extensively on the topic of human origins, biology, and intelligent design. He is a fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute and an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science and Religion at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in Philosophy in 1998.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Advance Screening of Film
Admission charge: $5 ($3 for students),
tickets available at the door
The God Who Wasn't There is a new documentary directed by Brian Flemming. It will come out in commercial theaters on June 6, 2005. Community groups affiliated with American Atheists were given the opportunity to pre-screen the film before its official release date. The world premiere of the film will be on Saturday, May 21 in San Francisco.
This event is brought to you in collaboration with the Atheists of Silicon Valley (http://www.godlessgeeks.com).
Partial funding for this event is provided by the GSC (http://gsc.stanford.edu) and from the President and Provost of Stanford University through the Dean of Students (http://www.stanford.edu/dept/DOS)
The following is from the movie's webpage at http://thegodmovie.com:
Bowling for Columbine did it to the gun culture.
Super Size Me did it to fast food.
Now The God Who Wasn't There does it to religion.
Holding modern Christianity up to a merciless spotlight, this bold and hilarious new film asks the questions few dare to ask. And when it finds out how crazy the answers are, it dares to call them crazy.
Your guide through the bizarre world of Christendom is former fundamentalist Brian Flemming, who unflinchingly explores the absurdity of belief and believers. Along the way, you will discover:
And God simply isn't there.
The God Who Wasn't There may delight you or anger you. Perhaps it will do both. But you'll never look at Christianity the same again.
Hold on to your faith. It's in for a bumpy ride.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Richard Carrier (Freelance Writer and Historian)
Richard Carrier is the author of "Sense and Goodness without God" and a contributing author to "The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave".
For more information: http://www.columbia.edu/~rcc20
Partial funding for this event is provided by the GSC (http://gsc.stanford.edu).
Monday, May 16, 2005
Prof. Denis Phillips (Dept. of Philosophy)
Friday, May 06, 2005
Veritas Forum Follow-Up Event:
Format: Short Presentation (approx. 30 min) followed by Discussion Open to All
Most scientists would agree that Intelligent Design (ID) is not a serious contender to the theory of naturalistic evolution. In fact, ID is not considered science by most standards. Proponents of ID subscribe in general to a very specific worldview, and their uniformity greatly influences the explanations that are being put forward. Now, if the scientific case for ID is so shaky, why are we even talking about it? The answer to that may be found in the realization that the questions that ID tries to address have deep consequences for our understanding of our place in nature. The debate over ID is cultural in origin, not scientific. Come hear why this distinction matters, and contribute to the discussion about the relationship between ID, evolution and science.
not related to our group, but of relevance:
May 1 - 5, 2005
Veritas Forum at Stanford
The Veritas Forum is a nationwide Christian Apologetic organization dedicated to advancing their particular worldview. Among others, the Forum will feature Dr. Michael Behe, one of the most prominent proponents of the Intelligent Design (ID) theory at the Discovery Institute.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Screening of video from debate "Does God Exist?" between Austin Dacey (Center for Inquiry) and William Lane Craig (Talbot School of Theology)
This debate was held at Purdue University in March 2004, and about 4000 people were in attendance. The video was supplied to us through the CFI-On Campus program.
Monday, January 24, 2005
Debate between Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. R. Douglas Geivett:
This debate pushes the boundaries of our faith and how we believe. While
three of the world's most widespread religions, Islam, Judaism, and
Catholicism, sit atop the headlines, there are no clear answers to who's
right and who's wrong. Dr. Michael Shermer, founder of the Skeptics
Society squares off against Dr. Doug Geivett, professor of theology at
Biola University. They challenge the audience to look directly into the
eye of their beliefs and affirm their faith in God or to cast religion
aside as an outdated way to explain the unexplainable.
Admittance is free for the Stanford community (faculty, staff and students). We request a $10 payment for non-Stanford attendees to cover part of our expenses.
Event co-hosted by Rational Thought and Mosaic, an interdenominational Christian fellowship at Stanford, with sponsoring by the Office for Religious Life and the Graduate Student Council.
Monday, November 22, 2004
Talk by DJ Grothe (Center for Inquiry):
About DJ Grothe and the Center for Inquiry: Mr. Grothe serves as a program director for the Center for Inquiry, a secular, pro-science, public-education organization. He has traveled and lectured widely throughout North America, speaking on ethics, religious-political extremism, church-state separation and science advocacy. His writings have been published in newspapers throughout the United States, and he has spoken on numerous radio and television programs.
More information: Center for Inquiry - On Campus
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Presentation by Fabian Lischka:
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Presentation by Martin Mueller:
The above is just one example of the ways in which proponents of creationism attempt to sway people's opinion on scientific inquiry into human nature. These attacks are fraudulent and try suppress a crucial human trait: our ability to make informed choices. In this presentation, I will give an introduction to the bones of contention that creationism has with the theory of evolution and the alternatives that Intelligent Design puts forth. I will include an overview of the major players in the debate. The motivation for the fierce stands taken by both sides interests me, and I will attempt to illuminate some of the issues at stake: the science curriculum in public schools, scientism, the place of religion in today's society and critical thinking skills in the general population.
Last updated: 10/22/05