WEST JEFFERSON-Two strikingly different belief systems square off Saturday for an evening of public discourse and understanding at Faith Fellowship Church in Jefferson.
J. Andrew Payne, who identifies as a Christian, and self proclaimed atheist Phillip Drum will be the featured speakers during the church’s special debate presentation, “Is it Reasonable to Believe in God?”
The debate, which will be held 6-8 p.m., is open to the public and there will be time built into the program to allow both speakers ample time to speak along with a questioning and answering session.
Faith Fellowship is located at 676 S. Main St. in Jefferson. For more information call (336) 877-3346.
Although the idea of a church allowing a person, who seemingly stands at polar opposites of its core message, the opportunity to come within its sanctuary walls and deny the existence of a deity may seem odd, it is not uncommon as it might sound.
Last year in Torrance, Cali., six panelists comprised of pastors and science-based freethinkers came together to convince another of their world views, according to the dailybreeeze.com.
This meeting of the opposites could be the start of a growing trend locally. Earlier this year, the Ashe County Republican Party invited Melissa Edmondson to one of its spring monthly meetings. The left-leaning writer, whose viewpoints were met with a few jeers from the audience, spoke about why she endorsed presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and the controversial Charlotte transgender bathroom law and HB2.
It is no secret that like politics, communities nationally and worldwide have come at an impasse on issues of religion as evident by consistent turmoil in the Middle East.
Saturday’s debate could be just microcosm of a long standing debate that is held weekly in communities nationwide.
By exploring spiritual conundrums and what makes a secular humanist reject the notion of a supreme being, audience members will be allowed to make a decision concerning their belief system.
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.