On April 15, 2014, Power to Change, the University of Toronto Socratic Club, and the University of Toronto Secular Alliance, co-hosted a debate: “Is God the Source of Morality?”
The debate featured George Simopolous representing the affirmative and Tarun Iyer presenting the negative.
GEORGE SIMOPOLOUS, President of the University of Toronto Socratic Club, is currently in his final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, specializing in Political Science, with a secondary major in Ethics, Society and Law. His academic interests include early modern and ancient political thought and the role of religion in the public sphere. He is currently a part-time apologist with Evangelium and Apologia Ministries, a Canadian based Christian organization created to share the hope of the gospel through teaching and academic presentations. This coming year, George hopes to work as an intern for Power to Change to continue engaging campus life by asking the big questions not often discussed in class.
TARUN IYER is a 3rd year undergraduate student at Trinity College studying International Relations and South Asian Studies and Communications Director of the University of Toronto Secular Alliance (UTSA). Although raised as a devout Hindu, he “converted” to Atheism in 2012 and has since become a vocal proponent of the New Atheism movement and specifically interested in challenging pseudoscientific beliefs.
DANIEL CHORNOOK is the Vice-President of the University of Toronto Socratic Club. He recently completed his Masters of Theological Studies from the University of Toronto (Wycliffe College). He has a B.A., also from U of T, in History and Christianity and Culture.
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GIANNI CASTIGLIONE is a Ph.D candidate in the department of Cell and Systems Biology, whose thesis concerns the molecular evolution of visual proteins. He has a B.Sc. in Bioethics and Philosophy, and is the current president of the University of Toronto Secular Alliance.