A Question of Offence – Defending God’s Honour

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Des Allen Suite

Ballymena Showgrounds

Warden Street

Ballymena

BT43 7DR

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Do theists too readily ‘play the offence card’ when challenged by non-theists to deflect from a lack of proof of the existence of gods?

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As a precautionary measure we have postponed this event until further notice. We will reschedule as soon as possible, and keep everyone up to date.

In an increasingly secular society, tolerance among atheists and theists is declining, and given that social media content is on the rise, more people are openly questioning claims about divinity by established religions and, in-turn, the validity of believing in gods.

The resulting conversations between both points of view often lead to claims and counter-claims of offence, but is it rational or reasonable for theists to take offence at non-theists’ verbal disregard for a god?

This event marks the first in a series of open-forum roadshows aimed at developing new channels for civil discourse, where people talk TO each other and not PAST each other. During the evening, participants will address three specific questions:

Can offence be given or does it have to be taken?

Where does assuming the role of God’s moral crusaders leave the free speech of non-theists?

Are theists over-sensitive when engaging with non-believers in conversations about God?

We will also explore the objective legitimacy of claiming to be offended when challenged about gods. Come along and be part of the conversation, or if you’re simply curious you’re equally welcome to come and lend your support. We encourage participation with an open mind.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available on arrival.

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A percentage of every ticket sold will be donated to a local charity. On this occasion it’s ‘Good Morning Ballymena’ - a free and friendly telephone service which calls older people every morning to make sure they’re okay. They also have a small cafe where members can meet for a cuppa and chat. Read more

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Des Allen Suite

Ballymena Showgrounds

Warden Street

Ballymena

BT43 7DR

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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