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Atheism: The Contemporary Debate

The Florida State University Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, The Friends of the FSU Libraries, the FSU Center for the Humanities and Society, and the FSU Libraries invite you to attend a full day symposium on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, titled, “Atheism: The Contemporary Debate.”  This event is a celebration and exploration of major themes addressed by The Oxford Handbook to Atheism, edited by Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse.  Several contributors will participate, made possible by the Werkmeister Bequest to FSU’s Program in the History and Philosophy of Science.  

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM (Lunch break 12:30-1:45 PM)

Strozier Library, Scholars Commons Reading Room

8:45-9:15 Greetings and Coffee

9:15-9:30 Introductions

9.30-10:25 John Schneider, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Calvin College, "Aesthetic Goods, God, and Evolutionary Evils"

10:30-11:25 Stephen Bullivant, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham 

11:30-12:25 Kimberly Blessing, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, SUNY Buffalo State, “Theism, Atheism, and The Meaning of Life”

12:30-1:45 Lunch

1.45-2.30 Jeffrey O'Connell, Ph.D. Student in Philosophy, FSU, “Nietzsche and Atheism”

2.35-3.10 Kirk Essary, Ph.D. Student in Religion, FSU, "The Silence of God from Calvin to Cormac McCarthy"

3.10-3.30  Tea Break 

3.30-4.25  John Kelsay, Professor of Ethics and Religion, FSU, “Atheism in the History of Religions”


Introductions and Comments provided by Michael Ruse

For more information about this event please contact Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba at or (850) 645-2600.

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