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Can life have meaning without God? - Public Debate
Wed 1 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:30 GMT
A public debate between Andrew Copson (CEO of the British Humanist Association) and Andy Bannister (Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity) to explore what is arguably the biggest question of all. Both speakers are eminently qualified to address the issues, albeit from very different perspectives, in what promises to be a culturally enriching and thought-provoking evening. There will be opportunities for audience participation during the debate through a Q&A session.
If possible, please submit questions beforehand to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterstones will be running a book table on the evening at discounted rates. The arts cafe facilities will be open from 6pm to 10pm for refreshments before and after the event.
Andrew Copson is the Chief Executive for the British Humanist Association (BHA). His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals and he has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television and radio. He is a former director of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and is currently also President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He has represented humanist organisations at various governmental departments, Westminster, the EU and the UN. Together with A C Grayling, Andrew edited ‘The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism’.
Andrew studied Classics and Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford and was a member of the winning team of the 2005 Young Educational Thinker of the Year Programme. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University.
Dr Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audiences of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, USA, UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology. Andy is the author of two books, including ‘The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist’, a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and they have two children, Caitriona and Christopher. They live in Scotland.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No children under 12 please, seating is limited.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Parking is permitted in the designated bays on campus without a permit after 6pm.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Admission is free but you need to show either your printed ticket or mobile ticket to help us manage numbers.
We acknowledge funding from a number of local charities and individuals, including the Sir James Reckitt charity.