Collision Screening with Me in Chicago Tonight

Tonight, I’ll be appearing in a panel discussion about the movie Collision which documents a series of debates on the topic: Is Christianity Good for the World?

It features Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great, and evangelical theologian Doug Wilson.

The event is being sponsored by me and The Painted Door, a Chicago church. Following the screening will be a discussion about the movie featuring myself and Chad Meister, editor of of the forthcoming God is Great, God is Good, a refutation of Hitchens’ book.

It’s not a debate. Just a discussion of ideas discussed in the movie.

Tickets cost $5 (you pay when you get there), but you must RSVP here so we can add you to the list.

Here’s the pertinent info:

What: Screening of Collision followed by a panel discussion.

Where: Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall Street, 38 S Peoria St., Chicago, IL 60607

When: Tonight! 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Hope you can make it!

  • http://alessamendes.blogspot.com Alessa Mendes

    Aw, nuts! Maybe if it was in Toronto…

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    If I lived anywhere near Chicago, I would definitely go!

    Be sure to point out that a non-existent entity is neither good nor bad. It is the ideas and concepts attributed to the non-existent entity that are good or bad.

    For example, eternal (infinite) punishment for finite transgression is bad. Being punished for the transgressions of ancestors is bad. Being eternally rewarded for believing things without evidence is bad.

    On the other hand, the golden rule is good (but we don’t need God to have the golden rule).

  • CatBallou

    Please forgive me–I just can’t refrain from this:
    For the love of all that is good and reasonable and just, stop using “myself” this way! “This event is being sponsored by myself”? “A discussion…featuring myself”?? WHY WOULD YOU WRITE THAT??
    It should be “me”! There’s nothing wrong with “me”! (Or “you,” as the case may be.)
    In short, please stop abusing the reflexive this way.
    Thank you. I’ll try to calm down now.

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Hemant Mehta

    CatBallou — Umm… I did it just to see if anyone would notice :) And now that you have, I have changed the word to “me” Thanks for the catch!

  • Dennis Kim

    I attended this event and was glad to see the movie and the following panel discussion. However, I was disappointed with the several atheists who used the opportunity to engage the panel to soapbox and agitate about topics that were largely irrelevant to the movie and discussion.

    I did find it odd that the focus of Messrs. Wilson and Meister was the question of what anchors the morals of atheists. They seem to rest confidently that their basis is a specific god of hundreds (which does beg the question, contrary to what Wilson insists in the movie) but do not accept that morality is simply an emergent property of society and not dependent on the direction of some higher power.

    Mr. Meister also tended to fall back on the recounting of dialogues he’s had with conveniently stupid or ignorant atheists rather than argue a point with those present. Perhaps it was to maintain the congenial atmosphere, but I found it to be disingenuous.

  • Audrey

    My husband and I really enjoyed this event!

    I thought it was kind of funny that even though it felt like most of the people there were from the church that met in that room, most of the people who got up to talk were atheists.

    I felt like the movie may have been slightly biased to the religious point of view, but that’s probably just because I’ve always found Hitchens to be the least convincing of the 4 horsemen in person. I always feel like he dances around his points and likes to hear himself talk but never really hits the nail on the head.

  • W

    I wonder if the church is aware that “The Painted Door” is also the name of a short story about a woman who cheats on her husband, written by a homosexual man by the name of Sinclair Ross.


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