Company of Disciples: Is Dawkins Right?

Date(s) - May 20, 2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Vancouver Club

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Is Dawkins’ Right? Are Christians Dumb, Delusional and Dangerous? 

Our First of Two Executive Lunches

Quotes from Richard Dawkins’ book “The God Delusion”

“Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.” 
“One of the truly bad effects of religion is that it teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding.” 
“Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God’s approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That’s not morality, that’s just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though.” 
“There is something infantile in the presumption that somebody else has a responsibility to give your life meaning and point… The truly adult view, by contrast, is that our life is as meaningful, as full and as wonderful as we choose to make it.” 
Is Dawkins right? Join Dr. John Stackhouse as he facilitates our conversation to help us understand Dawkins’ arguments and enrich us with a better understanding of how the world perceives Christianity in the 21st century. Cost $35 online or $50 at door. Includes Lunch buffet and talk.  

Who is Dr. John Stackhouse?

Born in Canada, and raised in southwestern England and northern Ontario, John Stackhouse was educated in history and religious studies at three of North America’s leading institutions: Queen’s University in Ontario (B.A., First Class Honours), Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois (M.A., with Highest Honors), and The University of Chicago (Ph.D.).

Formerly a professor of European history at Northwestern College in Iowa and a professor of religion at the University of Manitoba, currently John holds the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture atRegent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies at one of Canada’s premier universities, the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He has served also as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University and UBC, responsible for supervising Ph.D. students.

John is the author of seven books, the editor of four more, and the author of over five hundred articles, book chapters, and reviews in academic publications, major newspapers, and magazines. His writings range over history, sociology, philosophy, theology, ethics, and comparative religion. He has spoken throughout North America, in the United Kingdom, and in China, India, Israel, Korea, and Malaysia. His commentary on religion and contemporary culture has been sought by major broadcast and print media as diverse as The New York Times, The Atlantic, ABC News, CBC Radio, Time, and Reader’s Digest.

Married for more than thirty years and the father of three sons, John enjoys skiing and hiking the Vancouver-area mountains with his family and hitting the road on the motorcycle he inherited from his father. He is also a jazz musician, and gives the occasional performance on piano, guitar, trumpet, or electric bass. (His instruments include a Grotrian piano, Martin D-35 flat-top guitar, Godin electric guitar, Olds Super trumpet, and Fender 5-string electric bass.)

More information can be found in Canadian Who’s Who (University of Toronto Press), the Directory of American Scholars, and Contemporary Authors.

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