Sept 15: Does God exist?

Or is God a figment of our imagination? Two great minds – Alister McGrath, theologian, and Michael Shermer, skeptic – go head to head at Convocation Hall, U of T, on Friday, September 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. to debate this very question.

0915 debate McGrath Shermer

Alister McGrath, who will be arguing that God is real, is a professor at Oxford with a particular interest in science and religion. He is also a theologian, intellectual historian, and a Christian apologist, and he currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford. From time to time he has entered into public debates about the relevance and rationality of Christianity, debating not only whether God exists, but topics such as whether religious belief harms or helps society.

Michael Shermer, who will be arguing that God is an invention of our own minds, is a science writer, professor, and founder of The Skeptics Society. The Society devotes itself to investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal claims and debunking unfounded beliefs. Shermer also writes a column, The Skeptic, for Scientific American. He has written books and been interviewed on television about topics ranging from psychic ability and Holocaust denial to the historical accuracy of biblical texts.

Wycliffe College is sponsoring the debate, and Karen Stiller, Senior Editor of Faith Today, is moderating. Rev. Drew recommends that those interested in the rational or historical justifications for Christianity consider attending the debate – it promises to be a most thoughtful and engaging evening.

Purchase tickets online now from or at the door to be a part of this event. Prices are as follows:

  • $25 – Adult, online purchase
  • $10 – Student, online purchase
  • $30 – At the door

The event will also be on YouTube as it happens. Watch it live here:


Is God a Figment of Our Imagination?
Alister McGrath, Theologian
Michael Shermer, Skeptic

Friday, September 15, 2017
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Convocation Hall
University of Toronto

Tickets and information at


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