Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." ~Carl Sagan
There will be a free Christian/atheist debate in Beaverton on Wed. September 17, 2014 at 7 pm. All event details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/np6838y . The title of the debate is "Where do morals come from?"
Representing a Christian viewpoint is Ben Clifton. Ben teaches part-time at an evangelical Christian seminary, and also leads two local Christian apologetics groups ("apologetics" is the name of the field of study in defending attacks against the Christian religion; it has noting to do with "apologizing").
Representing an atheist viewpoint is Bernie Dehler, former evangelical Christian and now atheist. Bernie is the author of a free online e-book called "Modern Science and Philosophy Destroy Christian Theology (Second Edition)" at this link: http://tinyurl.com/q6kz88k .
Both Ben and Bernie are employed full-time in the computer field, and do this as a voluntary effort. The debate features extensive time for audience interaction in Q&A, and will also be uploaded to this YouTube channel for later viewing: http://tinyurl.com/pcz2ak5 .
Other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl
-- Westside Science & Religion Disc.: http://tinyurl.com/bkmhdl5
-- Sunday Assembly: http://tinyurl.com/kkc8nyw
-- Center for Inquiry: http://tinyurl.com/mps923r
-- Humanists of Greater Portland: http://tinyurl.com/kmbmt57
-- Atheists Etcetera: http://tinyurl.com/nhjr3ha
-- Philosophy Workshop: http://tinyurl.com/pzs4ajc