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Jason Kumar and Stuart McEwing on “Do we Need God to be Good?”

August 8th, 2009 by Madeleine

You are invited to a Thinking Matters Auckland, God, Morality and Society, event:

What: Jason Kumar and Stuart McEwing speaking on “Do we need God to be good?”
When: Tuesday 18th August – 7:00pm
Where: Lecture Room 2, Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, West Auckland
Format: Talk followed by questions, answers and discussion.
Cost: Free but donations are appreciated

In recent years we have seen a groundswell of belief that religion is a threat to society. God, it is said, is not necessary for an ethical life. But is that the case? Stuart and Jason will explore these ideas to see if we need God to be good.

Jason Kumar is a Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Auckland Student with a passion for philosophy and hermeneutics. Stuart McEwing holds a Bachelor of Design and is currently studying theology at Laidlaw College. Jason and Stuart are the founders of Thinking Matters NZ and recently debated the University of Auckland Atheist Club on the topic they will be speaking on above.

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    <p><span>It is a shame I have a prior commitment.<span>  </span>I would have been interested in attending the debate at the </span><span>University</span><span> of </span><span>Auckland</span><span>.<span>  </span></span>
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    <p><span>I certainly do not believe that religion particularly the Christian religion is a threat to society.<span>  </span>On the other hand I do not believe that belief in </span><span>God is necessary for an ethical life.</span>
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    <span style="">I base my belief on personal experience rather than theory. I know plenty of people who are atheist, agnostics or deists who lead an ethical life.<span>  </span>I also know people who class themselves as Christian who I would consider untrustworthy and hardly ethical.<span>  </span>I of course know plenty of Christians who are good ethical people.
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  • It is a shame I have a prior commitment.  I would have been interested in attending the debate at the University of Auckland. 

    I certainly do not believe that religion particularly the Christian religion is a threat to society.  On the other hand I do not believe that belief in God is necessary for an ethical life.

    I base my belief on personal experience rather than theory. I know plenty of people who are atheist, agnostics or deists who lead an ethical life.  I also know people who class themselves as Christian who I would consider untrustworthy and hardly ethical.  I of course know plenty of Christians who are good ethical people.