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Published on Nov 20, 2011
If moral and ethical values change over time and from culture to culture, is there any solid basis for determining what is right and what is wrong? "Is There an Absolute Basis for Morality?" Do unchanging moral truths exist in the universe?
Father Lucas Laborde was born in Argentina, where he earned his Masters in Philosophy at the Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino in 2000. He joined the Saint John Society, a society of apostolic life dedicated to evangelization among students, professionals and the poor. He studied Theology at San Carlos Borromeo Seminary in Rosario, Argentina, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. Fr. Laborde passed the last five years as a Campus Minister at the OSU Newman Center and as a Parochial Vicar at St. Mary's Parish in Corvallis. He is a member of the St. John Society in Oregon, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Portland, and director of the Portland State University Newman Center, where he teaches courses in philosophy, theology, and apologetics.
Dan Barker is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national organization of atheists and agnostics working to keep state and church separate. He is co-host of the national radio show, Freethought Radio, with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor. He regularly travels the world lecturing, performing concerts, and participating in debates with theists. A former minister who preached for 19 years, Dan gave up his faith in 1983. He is author of Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (2008) and The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God (2011). This will be his second appearance at the OSU Socratic Club.