Another debate so soon?

Tomorrow I jet off for Santa Cruz where I’ll be debating Peter Payne who is the managing director of the Institute for Credible Christianity.  The topic is “Does ethics need a foundation in god?”  I say nay!  The event will take place at the Stevenson Event Center on the UCSC campus at 7pm and is free to get in.

So come say hi if you’re in the area!  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    I like the implication of a group named “Institute for Credible Christianity.” I’m imagining someone saying ” Seriously guys, trust me on this one. *This* version of Christianity is credible.”

  • Andrew Kohler

    It is rather like the label “compassionate conservative,” which implies that normally conservativism is not compassionate (because, if it were, whence the need to specify it as such?) Similarly, the title of the institute implies that there are non-credible (if not necessarily incredible) versions of Christianity. I would not wish to be espousing that position if I were they.

  • eric

    My response to anyone saying we need god for morality is to ask them if they actually want to rape and murder me right then and there and the only reason they aren’t is because their magic book says they shouldn’t.

    If they say no they don’t want to rape and murder me because they have empathy and care about my well being because they’re a decent human, then no we don’t need god for morals.

  • Jasper

    “Institute for Credible Christianity”? Is that like the “Institute of Peaceful Muslim Terrorists”?

  • Glodson

    I have always been confused as to why ethics or morality needs any deity. And this is coming from a person who spent the first three decades and some change as a theist.

  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Credible: One semantic shade away from “plausible”, and only two shades from “spurious”.

  • William

    incredible name for his organisation
    facepalm me now

  • invivoMark

    I don’t believe you. You’re debating Peter Payne? Yeah, right, and I’m fencing Captian Hook this weekend. Say hi to Tinker Bell for me.

    (Oh damn, I’m a horrible person!)

  • baal

    ” I say nay! ”
    I say how could it since this god thing is notoriously vague about its own existence?
    I’m probably being circular but “Does ethics need a foundation in god?” reads as, ““Does ethics need a foundation in my imaginary friend?” to me.