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Atheist, theologian to debate 'Can There Be Morality Without God?'

October 11, 2006

A prominent philosopher and atheist from Dartmouth College and a theologian from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will debate the question “Can There Be Morality Without God?” at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Wake Forest University.

The free, public event, hosted by the University Philosophy Society, will focus on the alleged dependence of moral truth on the existence of God. It will take place in Pugh Auditorium in Wake Forest’s Benson University Center.

The featured debaters for the event are Bruce A. Little, professor of Christian philosophy and associate dean of theological studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, professor of philosophy and Hardy Professor of Legal Studies at Dartmouth in New Hampshire.

Little, a native of central Maine, has served as a minister to congregations in a variety of different states since 1969. He served as minister of Grace Bible Church in Winston-Salem from 1985 to 2001. Although he is no longer the pastor, he is still involved with the church through his work with the Forum For Christian Thought,

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Little travels to various countries throughout the year, serving as a guest lecturer and teacher as part of his work with the Forum For Christian Thought. He has published in several professional journals and is the author of “A Creation-Order Theodicy: God and Gratuitous Evil.”

Sinnott-Armstrong has served as a visiting professor at The Johns Hopkins and Princeton universities, among others. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is also the author of several books, including “Moral Dilemmas,” “God? A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist,” “Understanding Arguments: An Introduction to Informal Logic” and “Moral Skepticisms.”

An outspoken atheist who argues that God is nothing more than a comfortable fiction, Sinnott-Armstrong’s scholarship includes work on ethics, philosophy of law, epistemology, informal logic, psychology and brain science.

For more information, contact (336) 758-5359 or visit the Web site for the Wake Forest philosophy department at

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