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The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

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  • A.C. Grayling: Most Christians Cherry-Pick Scripture

    Clip: During a debate hosted by Intelligence Squared US A.C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, argues why the world would be better off without religion.

  • Rabbi David Wolpe: Why the World Is Better with Religion

    Clip: Rabbi David Wolpe argues why the world is better off with religion. "If you want to measure altruism and empathy, the best measure is not age, gender, income, education," says Wolpe. "It's whether you're involved in a religious community."

  • Grayling: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

    Clip: A.C. Grayling, author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, argues that morality is possible without religion, and implies that those who "cherry-pick" religious beliefs are hypocrites.

  • Dinesh D'Souza: Why the World Is Better with Religion

    Clip: New York Times bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza argues that religious people aren't hypocrites simply because they aspire for higher morals and ideals. "Holding up to a standard and falling short of it isn't hypocrisy," he says.

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In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction.” Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior?

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For the motion

Matthew Chapman

Author, Filmmaker and Co-Founder of Science Debate

A journalist, screenwriter, and director, Matthew Chapman is the Co-founder and President of Science Debate, an organization seeking to get political... Read More

A.C. Grayling

Renowned Atheist and Professor of Philosophy

A.C. Grayling, a British philosopher and professor, has written over 20 books on philosophy, religion and reason including Against all Gods and The... Read More

Against the motion

Dinesh D'Souza

Author, What's So Great About Christianity

A New York Times bestselling author, Dinesh D’Souza, has had a distinguished 25-year career as a writer, scholar and intellectual. A former Policy... Read More

Rabbi David Wolpe

Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America by Newsweek

Named the #1 Pulpit Rabbi in America and the second most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple... Read More

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