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Flogging a dead horse: Can we make a positive case for atheism today?

A series of three panel debates in early 2008 will interrogate the state of secularism today. Taking inspiration from Bishopsgate Institute’s renowned collection on free-thought and secularism, the debates aim to continue in the long tradition of critical inquiry of religion and of its opponents.

7:00pm, Thursday 3 April 2008, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH

From the Renaissance through to the 20th century, intellectuals have challenged religion and religious privilege. The past few years have seen the ‘New Atheists’, as they have been dubbed, take up the mantle. But why has religion persisted for so long? Are religious believers just wrong, or does religion answer questions that secular society can’t? What do today’s atheists propose, beyond mere unbelief? Can one make a positive case for atheism?


Julian Baggini - editor, The Philosphers’ Magazine; author, Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
Brendan O’Neill - editor, spiked
Martin Summers - corporate affairs advisor; producer, Battle of Ideas 2006 religion debate
Dr Mark Vernon - journalist and author, After Atheism: Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life

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