Past Events: God, Science and the Universe (2016) and Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Alister McGrath (2017)

Has a scientific explanation of the universe replaced the need for God as cause of its origins? Could life on our planet exist apart from divine intervention? Is there evidence for a designer? 

Our first event of the Religion and Society Series - God, Science and the Universe - took place on March 19th, live at Convocation Hall and streamed live at dozens of venues across the globe. At the event, we explored whether or not God was necessary to explain our universe. We brought together the top minds for this 2-hour dialogue at this hugely successful event.

  • Lawrence M. Krauss - Theoretical Physicist, Director of the Origins Project, Arizona State University

  • Stephen C. Meyer - Intelligent Design Advocate & NYT Bestselling Author

  • Denis O. Lamoureaux - Associate Professor of Science & Religion, St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta


Sept 15th, 2017 with Dr. Michael Shermer and Dr. Alister McGrath

The event was livestreamed and is now available on our YouTube channel!

Paul Dirac, the British theoretical physicist, famously said, “If we are honest — and scientists have to be — we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality. The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination.” The question remains, in an age of scientific reason, whether or not claims of God merit our attention and whether or not there is any coherence with reality. Is religious belief a vestige of a past age, destined for extinction, and are the many religious adherents of the world, merely ignorant and misguided?  Or is there within the theistic framework a resonance with reality that presses the notion of God beyond the mere subjective musings of those that claim it to be so?

Our dialogue brings together two leading thinkers who have thoughtfully wrestled with this question, each not only having embarked on a personal pilgrimage, but each bringing a lifetime of erudition, experience, and insights to bear on this theme. Alister McGrath, the athiest who would become a theist, and Michael Shermer, the theist who would become an atheist. Join us at Convocation Hall, University of Toronto or live on YouTube for what will surely be one of the most engaging two hours of thoughtful dialogue on one of histories greatest questions. 


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