Feb. 14, 2012 COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org
WTAMU Lecture to Debate Christian and Atheist Doctrines
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Willson Lecture Series has partnered with Freethought Oasis to bring a debate on the topic “Should America Be a Nation Under God?” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Alumni Banquet Facility on campus.
Matt Dillahunty, president of Atheist Community of Austin, and Abdu Murray, president and founder of Aletheia International, will be the keynote speakers of the annual lecture series. Dillahunty was a fundamentalist Christian for more than 20 years, but his studies in faith and religion were weakened when he discovered works by Robert Ingersoll, Voltaire, Richard Dawkins and more. He changed his plans to attend seminary and embraced studies in such areas as religion, philosophy and history to better understand reality and enjoy life without the compartmentalized religious beliefs he grew up with in a loving southern Baptist home. His organization, the Atheist Community of Austin, is a nonprofit educational corporation that supports the atheist community, promotes secular viewpoints, encourages a positive atheist culture and defends the first amendment principle of state-church separation. He also hosts The Atheist Experience, a cable access television show in Austin. The show is a two-time winner of the “Best Public Access TV Show" in the Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Awards.
Murray was born into a Muslim family, where he was encouraged to study the Qur’an, Islamic doctrine and Islamic history. It was during his study of historical and philosophical underpinnings of the major world religions that he realized the evidence for the historical Christian faith could withstand the toughest challenges. This led him to put his faith in Jesus, and he has dedicated his ministry to reaching non-Christians, especially Muslins, with the Gospel and teaching Christians to do the same. He is an author and national and international presenter and has appeared numerous times on radio and television. He is a member of the Evangelical philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society and maintains active relationships with such ministries as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ and the North American Mission Board.
The Dillahunty/Murray presentation is sponsored by Freethought Oasis, Jo and John Mazola and The Willson Lecture Series. The Willson Lecture Series at WTAMU was established in 1947 by the J.M. Willson family of Floydada to provide colleges and universities with a religious emphasis on campus.
The Thursday night lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the First United Bank Center with free shuttle runs from 6-9 p.m.
For more information about the presentation, call 806-651-2044.