Following a massive turnout at their first debate, the Rogers State University Secular Student Alliance is hosting another one.
This time activists Dean Meadows and Nathaniel Walter will argue for and against the question, “Did Jesus rise from the grave?”
Meadows serves as executive director of The Daily Apologist and is a former Marine. Meadows holds a Bachelor’s in Bible from Amherst College and a Bachelor’s in Theology from Bear Valley Bible Institute International.
Walter is an open agnostic atheist who has been an activist throughout Texas and the mid-west for the past decade.
Walter hosts and speaks at events for American Atheists, Freedom from Religion Foundation and other secular organizations. Recently he has been an aggressive advocate for comprehensive sex education in all Texas public schools and is involved with StudentMarch.org and the March for Science.
SSA President Jen Stemmer said this debate will be a great opportunity to see views represented that people are not used to seeing in Oklahoma.
“We want to have as many people as possible come in and get used to hearing two people that disagree about something that is very important to them, and talk about it very civilly without getting emotional and remaining friendly throughout the whole discussion,” Stemmer said.
The speakers chose the topic of the debate.
“In the realm of Christianity, Jesus rising from the grave is pivotal to all of it. If Jesus didn’t rise from the grave, the story doesn’t matter,” Stemmer said. “It is the most pivotal question to answer whenever it comes to Christian theology.”
Stemmer asked the public to remain friendly and civil during the debate and during the question and answer segment to follow.
The debate is free and open to the public in the Baird Hall Performance Studio, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.