Four high school students–two atheists, two Christians–debate tonight over the existence of The Big Guy.
The God v. No God debate sprang from the mind of Sean
McDowell, son of Christian author Josh McDowell and the head of Capistrano Valley Christian Schools' Bible Department.
His teachings on Philosophy, Theology and Apologetics to high school students often delve into the beliefs of believers and non-believers.
So, McDowell had a meeting of the minds with Bruce
Gleason, director of the Freethought Alliance coalition of Orange County secular groups, to come up with tonight's program.
The coalition has
been in the news of late for participating in a second annual
conference in Irvine and the hoisting of billboard in Westminster
assuring passersby that not everyone believes in God.
than labeling such folks as being hell-bound and returning to the
collection plate, McDowell explains he wants to get to the bottom of why more than 15% of Americans reportedly say they don't believe in a Supreme Being.
Understanding where each side is coming from, McDowell and Gleason agree, is a first step toward tolerance.
And so, tonight's event is co-sponsored by Capistrano Valley Church and the Freethought Alliance, and proceeds
from the $10 admission tickets will be split among charities each
chooses. It all begins at 7 p.m. at the church, 32032 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano.