Atheists A.C Grayling and David silverman debate Austin Pastors.
Several pastors from Austin and several notable Atheist leaders sat down to ask - and answer - some tough questions, and came away with a better understanding where each other comes from. This was not an attempt to pretend that we agree on everything - nor was it an attempt to "win over" the other in one night. That's what made this evening so special: both sides were seeking to clarify positions so that there can be an open line for conversation in the future ... so that co-workers and neighbors and family members who disagree don't have to avoid spiritual conversations. This, and more, was accomplished on this historic evening in Austin.
David Silverman is the current president of the American Atheists, a non-profit organization that supports the rights of atheists and the removal of expressions of religion in public when possibly interpretable as governmental endorsement, in accordance with the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
David Silverman began publicly challenging religion in high school and often states in interviews that he became an atheist at the age of six.Although he was never in the closet about his disbelief, he was forced to do his Bar mitzvah. He calls this the turning point in his life where he decided never to lie about his atheism again because he had gotten up on stage and told all the people he knew that he believed in God. Seventeen years later his father admitted to him that he also was an atheist. He received a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University and a Marketing MBA from Penn State University. Silverman is an inventor with seventy four patents, and has authored several articles, including a cover story for Inventors Digest. evolution debate.
Silverman has worked with the American Atheists organization since 1996, and has held a variety of roles, including: New Jersey State Director, Communications Director, and Vice President. He was elected president of American Atheists on September 16, 2010, following Ed Buckner. Silverman also cohosts the Atheist Viewpoint television program, writes for the NoGodBlog, attends protests, debates and conferences for atheism and freethought, across the country.
Anthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling is a British philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London.