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Debates: Religion, Theism, Atheism, Antitheism …

A collection of insightful debates and discussions between proponents of both theism and atheism. Among the theists are primarily Christians and Rabbis. Debating in opposition to religion, theism, and the supernatural are atheists, antitheists, and materialists such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins.

Missing altogether from these debates are for example Imams, representatives of non-theistic religions such as Buddhism, and polytheistic religions such as Hinduism. In case you find other debates you think I should add please leave a comment with the link to the video.

(I should mention that I am a materialist and my cosmogonical position is that of an agnostic pandeist, which does not impinge on my former ontological position.)

I will keep this post updated with the latest debates marked as *new*

Some Debates to Watch First:

Theists Vs. Atheists:
Hitchens, Harris, Dennett Vs. D’Souza, Boteach, Taleb. Neutral: Wright [11.2009]

Atheists on Atheism:
The Four Horsemen [09.2007]

Christianity Vs. Atheism:
Debate: Is Christianity Good for the World? [10.2008]

Judaism Vs. Atheism:
Wolpe Vs. Hitchens: The Great God Debate [03.2010]

New Age Theists Vs. Atheists:
The Nightline Face-Off: Does God Have a Future? [03.2010]

Atheist Exploring Morality (lecture):
Sam Harris @Google [2010]

Physicist on the Nature of the Universe (lecture)
‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss [10.2009] Read the full story

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TED Talks – Sam Harris on How Science can Answer Moral Questions

Sam Harris talks about the relationship between science, human values and how the seperation between the two is an illusion. There are truths to be known about how human communities flourish and how  morality relates to these truths. Moral values are also a certain kind of fact that talk about the well-being of conscious creatures. In other words Sam Harris is saying that science is not only descriptive (by helping us get what we value) but can also be prescriptive (by telling us what we should value).

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Mohandas Gandhi – Quotes

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mohandas Gandhi

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Rabbi Mark Miller – Quotes

Rabbi Mark Miller

“Although we don’t live in the past, we live with the past.” – Rabbi Mark Miller

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Marianne Williamson – Quotes

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” (Williamson, 1992, p. 165)

Willliamson, M. (1992). A return to love: Reflections on the principles of a course in miracles. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

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Michel de Montaigne – Quotes

“If I study, I seek only the learning that … instructs me in how to die well and live well.” – Michel de Montaigne (p. 297) Read the full story

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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John Stuart Mill – Quotes

John Stuart Mill

“The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” (Mill, 1859, p. 27) Read the full story

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Howard Thurman – Quotes

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. – Quotes

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

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Mandell Creighton – Quotes

“The one real object of education is to leave a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” – Mandel Creighton

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Lao Tzu – Quotes

“In pursuit of knowledge, every day something is acquired; in pursuit of wisdom, every day something is dropped.” – Lao Tzu

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Henry David Thoreau – Quotes

“The soul grows by subtraction, not addition.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George OrwellIn many ways Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) by George Orwell in 1949 is like an interesting thought experiment about what people with too much control might do and how it would shape society, politics, and individual people’s lives. And by too much power I am referring to a grave imbalance of power shifted from the people to a few “chosen” individuals. Sure, there have been people such as Stalin who tried to make something along the same lines happen but it has turned out nothing like what Orwell is portraying. Though contextually maybe not as relevant as it was when it was first published, the wealth of information and topics being addressed in this little book are in many ways timeless and should not be missed. Read the full story

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