The existence of God is one of the perennial questions of philosophical inquiry. Indeed, in the minds of many, it is the very greatest question one can ask.
But not everyone agrees. While the existence of God may have long occupied the spotlight, the critics believe that that time is past. The time has now come to leave belief in God behind and to join the rational, scientifically literate, secular denizens of the 21st century. Belief in God, says the critic, is no longer a rational option for the thinking person.
So how is this disagreement ever going to be settled?
Simple: a debate! 😉
On February 1st, 2016 Concordia University in Edmonton hosted a debate on the rationality of God with two philosophers: Jonathan Strand, theist, is Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University, while Paul Beach, atheist, is a sessional instructor in philosophy, also at Concordia University. Following the debate I invited Professor Strand and Professor Beach for a sit down discussion to explore at more length the themes raised in their animated yet irenic public exchange.
This is that conversation.