Friday, July 3, 2015

CFI event: God, Religion, and The Bible - Sat 19th Sept. Conway Hall WC1R

Old Bible With Sword
Join Professors Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Dr Keith Ward and Dr Stephen Law in debate and discussion of God and the Bible.

10.30 Registration

11.00-12.10: Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou: The real religions of the Bible

Francesca Stavrakopoulou is Professor of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient religion at Exeter's Department of Theology and Religion. She presented the BBC TV series The Bible's Buried Secrets and also contributed to Channel 4's The Bible: A History. Prof Stavrakopoulou is an atheist. Her books include Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judea.

12.10 - 1.10 Break for lunch

1.10 - 2.40 Keith Ward and Stephen Law: Does God exist?

A conversation (with extended audience Q&A) between theologian and priest Keith Ward and humanist philosopher Stephen Law, looking at evidence for and against the existence of God. Keith Ward is one of the world's leading philosopher theologians, and also author of many popular books on God, including his recent  The Evidence for God. Stephen Law is Provost of CFI UK and author of a number of introductions to philosophy including The Philosophy Gym.

2.50-3.30 Plenary Session

Q&A with Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Keith Ward, and Stephen Law. 3.30 END.

September 19th, 2015 10:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
Holborn, WC1R 4RL
United Kingdom

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Muslim-produced image of Mohammad

Image source here. This five-storey mural was commissioned by the Iranian Government in 2008.

As this article points out, the tradition of depicting  Mohammad in human form 'is common in Shia Iran, where until recently postcards, pictures and even carpets depicting the prophet could be found on sale.'

POSTSCRIPT: Below is a postcard on sale in Iran in 2001. Prophet holding the Quran. Source.CORRECTION despite what the source says this is not an image of the Prophet. It is an image of Imam Ali ibn abi Talib.