I received details of the debate below from the philosopher Nigel Warburton, with whom I have spent some recent bursts of time. He’s a lovely chap, and his booksÂ are well worth reading.Â
Online, there are some great articles to be found on his blog, virtual philosopher, and some fascinating podcasts on philosophy bites, where he interviews philosophers on a variety of topics. Do have a listen, they are utterly enlightening.Â
Later in June Nigel is taking part in a debate for the group ‘Discussion with Islam’, proposing that we are better offÂ withoutÂ religion. Details below.Â
DEBATE: IS RELIGION A FORCE FOR GOOD OR EVIL?
THURSDAY 18TH JUNE 2009, 6:30PM
Dr Nigel Warburton
Philosophy Lecturer & Author
Hamza Andreas Tzortzis
International Public Speaker &
Researcher for the Hittin Institute
Dr Mark Vernon
Writer, Author & Broadcaster
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
18 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7PA
Please book your place:Â firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets: Â£2.00 at the door
According to a recent poll carried out by YouGov nearly half of the British public think that religion is harmful. However more than half also believe in God or â€œsomethingâ€.
Many argue that belief in God is irrational and harmful to society, they also maintain that religion fuels hatred, bigotry and war.
Critics on the other hand say that religion produces great good such as charities, dealing with bereavement and that is the only rational basis for morality.
So who is right? Are we better off without religion or should society have more of it?
To discuss this and other related issues join our distinguished panel.