Saturday, August 28, 2010

Is God the Source of Morality? Join the Debate at Socrates in the City

"Is God the Source of Morality?" will be the question when Socrates in the City offers its first debate 7 pm Monday, Sept. 13 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th St. at Central Park West..

NY Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, left, ("What's So Great About Christianity') will go against Peter Singer, below right, professor of bioethics at Princeton University. D'Souza will be taking the pro side of the question; Singer will take the con side.

Tickets are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at or call 646-201-3375.

DeSousa's book is a comprehensive answer to a spate of atheist books denouncing theism in general and Christianity in particular. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, DeSousa was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of America's most influential conservative thinkers. The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation's 500 leading authorities on international issues.

Singer, born in Austrailia, first became well-known internationally after the publication of "Animal Liberation." He is the co-founder, and President, of The Great Ape Project, an international effort to obtain basic rights for chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. He is also President of Animal Rights International.

The debate will be moderated by host and SITC founder Eric Metaxas.

Meanwhile, Metaxas, left, will be the speaker at the second SITC event in Chicago 7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 16 at the Union League Club. He'll speak about his latest book: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy."

To register, or for more information, visit

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light ( and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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