If God does not exist, anything is permitted,” concludes Ivan Karamazov, a character in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov. “Anything is permitted” – leads to ethics. What is the right thing to do? How has evolution influenced our ethical behavior? Has religion influenced our behavior? Are our values defined by our culture or our biology? As emotions develop, how do they help form our morality and values?
On Sunday, November 20, Dr. Grant Steves will speak to Minnesota Atheists members on “Ethics, Science, or Religion – Which Has the Answer?” The above questions will be addressed in this presentation.
Grant is a former Board member of MNA and a past chairperson. He served as host for the Minnesota Atheists television show Atheists Talk and has been interviewed on the Minnesota Atheists radio show. He has also contributed articles and reviewed books for this newsletter. In the past, he has lectured on cults and fundamentalism. Grant has also delivered speeches at the Day of Reason. Listening to him is a real treat; some have said he has “the voice of God,” which we know is untrue since Grant is not mute. Nevertheless, he is a commanding speaker. Please join us!
If You Go...
Sunday, November 20, 2011
2180 Hamline Avenue
(at corner of Hamline and B2)
1:00-1:15 p.m. – Social time
1:15-1:45 p.m. – Business Meeting
1:45-2:00 p.m. – Break
2:00-3:30 p.m. – Presentation
4:00-whenever – Dinner