Who defines "good" and "evil," "right" and "wrong"? Some argue that only God can. Others claim that God is irrelevant to living a moral life and understanding ethics. Do we need God
to direct our morality, to understand how we ought to live? Is it a mistake to attribute morality to God, is it misleading, even dangerous? Our distinguished speakers will address these
questions, presenting divergent views. Michael Gurney will argue that genuine moral values and principles are ultimately grounded in God. Austin Dacey will argue that society can engage
in a vigorous illuminating discussion of morality in exclusively secular terms.
Dr. Michael Gurney (PhD Aberdeen University-Highland) is Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Multnomah University. Among his current research interests are exploring the historical
interaction between philosophy and theology, developing a realist theistic epistemology in light of postmodern critical theory, and advocating a Christan ethic that is publicly plausible and
relevant. This marks his fourth appearance at the Socratic Club.
Dr. Austin Dacey is a philosopher and the author of "The Secular Conscience: Why Belief Belongs in Public Life" and "The Future of Blasphemy: Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human
Rights." He is known as a defender of a form of secularism that attempts to be neither atheist nor theist, neither anti-religious nor religious, but "orthogonal to God." In recent years
he has worked with the International Humanist and Ethical Union to defend the right to blaspheme at the United Nations and under international human rights law.