Islam, Atheism, Hinduism and Christianity: A weekend of religious debate in Whitby, Ontario
If you’re in or around the city of Whitby this Friday and/or Saturday, a big set of debates is being held. The two day event is titled the 2008 Decide for Yourself Debates. The intellectual War of the Worldviews will be waged by debators Christopher DiCarlo (atheism), Dave Hunt (Christianity), Budhendranauth Doobay (Hinduism), and Shabir Ally (Islam). Frank Sherwin, Colorado-based Christian Creationist biologist and fellow of the Institute for Creation Research (i.e., an institute that starts from the premise of Creationism and selectively looks for anything that could be remotely consistent with this worldview while minimizing the importance of the overwhelming evidence against Creationism and for evolution) will subject his worldview to debate with the audience. The event is being hosted and moderated by Michael Coren. See the event website for speaker bios. Click here to read an article on the event published in the numerous regional newspapers.
Friday Feb. 22 – 7:00pm Hinduism vs. Christianity debate (Budhendranauth Doobay vs. Dave Hunt)
Saturday Feb.23 – 12 noon Christianity vs. Atheism debate (Dave Hunt vs. Christopher DiCarlo)
3:00pm Darwin vs. Design (YOU vs Frank Sherwin—audience Q&A)
5:45pm Dinner break & film
7:00pm Islam vs. Christianity debate (Shabir Ally vs. Dave Hunt)
Location and Directions:
All Saints Catholic High School (Whitby, ON)
Exit 401 at Brock Street (not Brock Road) Go north 4km to Rossland Road
Go west on Rossland 1km to school on right
I must say that this event seems to be somewhat loaded in the favour of Christianity, having a Christian host, being set at a Christian school, and being organized by a local Christian literalist, Paul MacGregor. I give MacGregor credit, though, for actively looking for strong defenders of the different positions. I am familiar with Chris DiCarlo, and know from experience that he is a great speaker. I am not familiar with the other speakers, but given his invitation of DiCarlo, I trust MacGregor when he says that he actively looked for the best within each community. This should be a very good set of debates.