The God Debate II: Is the Foundation of Moral Values Natural or Supernatural?


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall

Back by popular demand, the God Debate is bigger and better than ever. Two new speakers take the stage in the most contentious debate Notre Dame has seen yet.

Two powerhouses of the religious and scientific worlds take each other on in the fight for religious relevance in a rapidly changing world. Sam Harris, one of the “Four Horsemen of Atheism,” a neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author, will seek to show that the separation between scientific facts and human values is an illusion. Harris will prove that science, not religion, should provide the basis for morality.

William Lane Craig is an American Evangelical Christian apologist, theologian, and analytic philosopher known for his work in the philosophy of religion, historical Jesus studies, and the philosophy of time. One of the foremost apologists in the field, Craig has faced some of the best and has been known to hold nothing back in his sharpshooting style of debate. Point by point, Craig will show that morality must be based upon the bedrock foundation of divine revelation, defending the vital role of religion in our modern times.

Sam Harris is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape. He is co-founder and CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles.

William Lane Craig is a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and the author of books such as God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible (with Chad Meister), Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus, and Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom. He received an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and Ph.D.s from the University of Birmingham (England) and the University of Munich (Germany).

Tickets for the event are free to University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College students, faculty, and staff for a limited time. Those presenting a valid ND, SMC, or HC ID may collect one ticket per person from the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on the pre-sale dates, which run from Wednesday, March 23, until Friday, March 25. Pre-sale tickets are available only at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office windows.

On Saturday, March 26, remaining tickets go on sale for $10.00 to the general public. For general public tickets, call (574) 631-2800 or visit the ticket office during regular hours (12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday).

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This event is sponsored by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts and the College of Arts and Letters Henkels Lecture Series. Additional generous support has been given by the Center for Philosophy of Religion, College of Science, College of Arts and Letters, Mendoza College of Business, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, Campus Ministry, the Notre Dame Office of Sustainability, the Glynn Family Honors Program, Department of Classics, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Program of Liberal Studies, Department of History, and the Career Center.