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March 9, 2009
Two well-known American philosophers, Dr. Richard Carrier and Dr. William Lane Craig, will debate the question "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Northwest's Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Performing Arts Center).
The debate is being hosted by the Philosophy Club, a student organization that serves as the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, a national honor society whose mission is to promote academic excellence in philosophical study.
Admission to the debate is free, and the event is open to the public.
Carrier is a historian and author best known for his Internet writings on "The Secular Web," which he edited for several years. A noted advocate of metaphysical naturalism, he has published articles on elements of naturalist and atheist philosophy and frequently writes and speaks in defense of naturalism as a world view. Carrier was featured in the documentary film, "The God Who Wasn't There," in which he questions the historicity of Jesus.
Craig, who maintains the "Reasonable Faith" Web site, is a theologian, New Testament historian and Christian apologist. He writes and lectures widely on issues related to the philosophy of religion, the historical Jesus, the coherence of the Christian world view and natural theology. The author of more than 30 books, Craig has served as a research professor of philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., since 1994.
The debate will be moderated by Dr. Janice Brandon-Falcone, professor of history at Northwest, and should last about two hours. Each scholar will make a 20-minute opening statement to be followed 12-minute rebuttals, eight-minute counter-rebuttals and five-minute closing statements. Afterward, both speakers will take questions from the audience.
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