On April 9th, there was a debate at Portland State University entitled "Does anything Supernatural Exist?" The video is now available online for free viewing: http://tinyurl.com/n6w9tyu .
Does anything supernatural exist? Phil Smith is a Christian philosophy professor at George Fox University, and answers in the affirmative. Bernie Dehler is an atheist (and former born-again evangelical Christian) and takes the opposite viewpoint. This debate/discussion was jointly sponsored by The Portland State University Freethinker's Student Group and The Center for Philosophical Naturalism. The event was moderated by Marko Balogh, of the PSU Freethinker's student group. An opening statement was also made by Addie Lass, also of the Freethinker's student group.
Phil Smith is the author of several books, both fiction and nonfiction, including:
-- "Why Faith Is a Virtue."
-- "The Heart of the Sea"
-- "Buying the Bangkok Girl"
-- "Being at Home in the World: A New Christian Apologetic"
Bernie Dehler has debated many Christians in the Portland area. Some of the Christians he has debated include: national evangelist Eric Hovind, George Fox University Philosophy Prof. Phil Smith, Pastor Nathan Lewis, Pastor Ron Kincaid, author Dennis Marcellino, Christian radio host Rick Livingston, Prof. David McCorkle, Christian radio host and author Steve Gregg, Dr. Bart Rask, and young earth creationist Brandon Church. These debates can be freely viewed at this YouTube channel: http://tinyurl.com/pa6gsz5 .
If you are interested in other similar events, other Portland-area community, secular, and philosophical groups can also be found at meetup.com, such as these:
-- 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
-- The Center for Philosophical Naturalism: http://tinyurl.com/l6rd4sl