Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Would Society Be Better Off Without Religion? An Atheist and a Christian Discuss

January 30, 2019 at 7:30pm / Cal Poly Performing Arts Center

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Wednesday, January 30th:

Would Society Be Better Off Without Religion?: An Atheist and a Christian Discuss

The moral fabric of American society is fraught with questions: What is good? How do we know 'the good'? Where do our individual and collective notions of morality come from? What is the role of religion in generating, motivating and informing the moral landscape of America? Is religion a thing of the past, or does it have a place in imagining a mutually benefiting society?

This year's Veritas Forum at Cal Poly will be a dialogue between Dr. Herb Silverman, an atheist/secular humanist Mathematics professor emeritus at the College of Charleston and Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, a Christian professor of Literature at Liberty University. Our two informed and engaging dialogue partners will consider questions of moral imagination, religion and humanism. Come with an open mind and any questions you might have!

Presenters: Dr. Herb Silverman (College of Charleston) and Dr. Karen Swallow Prior (Liberty University).

Moderator: Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett (Cal Poly Professor of Religious Studies).

Q&R from the audience following.

7:30-9:00pm in the PAC. Doors open at 7:00p.m.

Reception to follow.

These events are free and open to students, faculty, and members of the campus community.


Karen Swallow Prior

Professor of English

Liberty University

Herb Silverman

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

College of Charleston
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo