On February 9, 2013, Ratio Christi UAH and the UAH Non-Theists are co-sponsoring a debate on "Is the Christian Faith Reasonable?" between Dr. David Marshall and Dr. Richard Carrier.
David Marshall speaks frequently on the New Atheism, the history of Asian Christianity, and how Christianity relates to other religions. Dr. Marshall served for thirteen years as a missionary and lecturer at schools in East Asia, including at Siebold and Nagasaki Universities. He has a doctorate in theology of world religions from Oxford Centre for Missions Studies, and an MA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Marshall is sole author of five books, including Jesus and the Religions of Man, Why the Jesus Seminar can't find Jesus, and Grandma Marshall Could, and The Truth Behind the New Atheism. His newest book, just published in September, is called Faith Seeking Understanding, featuring contributions from (among others) philosopher Alvin Plantinga, quantum physicist Don Page, Oxford historian of science Allan Chapman, sociologist Rodney Stark, Chinese reformer Yuan Zhiming, and anthropologist Miriam Adeney. David has also written for Christianity Today, First Things, Books and Culture, Touchstone, and contributed two chapters to the anthology, True Reason. His dissertation formulating a "fulfillment model" of religions in the context of Chinese tradition, is due to be published in 2013.
Richard Carrier is a historian and published philosopher.His books and articles have also received international attention. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ancient history, specializing in the intellectual history of Greece and Rome, particularly ancient philosophy, religion, and science, with emphasis on the origins of Christianity and the use and progress of science under the Roman empire. He is best known as the author of Sense and Goodness without God, Not the Impossible Faith, and Why I Am Not a Christian, and a major contributor to The Empty Tomb, The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, and Sources of the Jesus Tradition, as well as writer and editor-in-chief (now emeritus) for the Secular Web, and for his copious work in history and philosophy online and in print. His latest book is Proving History: Bayes's Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus. He is currently working on his next books, On the Historicity of Jesus Christ, The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire, and Science Education in the Early Roman Empire.
This will be a lively debate between two very capable men. It will be held in Chan Auditorium at 6pm on February 9, 2013. A Q&A time for the audience is scheduled for the latter portion of the debate.
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