Themes Is There a God?

Is There a God? Andrew Geiger's long-exposure photograph of the night sky above Baja California, Mexico.

While TED has no official stance on religion, speakers do occasionally venture (bravely) into this contentious territory.

At TED's 2006 conference, best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren argued that an exceptional life must be driven by spiritual purpose. But he was immediately challenged by atheist philosopher Dan Dennett, who argued that Warren's claims couldn't be true. (If you're feeling courageous, you can join this ongoing debate on our forum, at right.)

Email to a friend »

Subscribe to RSS feed ยป

Play_iconKwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

14:40 Posted: Jun 2014

Views: 1,108,501 | Comments: 408

Play_iconLesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith

13:45 Posted: Jun 2013

Views: 1,053,483 | Comments: 370

Play_botw_iconChris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to

12:08 Posted: Mar 2012

Views: 605,539 | Comments: 414

Play_iconAlain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

19:20 Posted: Jan 2012

Views: 1,494,645 | Comments: 1250

Play_iconMustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

Mustafa Akyol: Faith versus tradition in Islam

17:11 Posted: May 2011

Views: 881,880 | Comments: 556

Play_iconLesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran

Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran

09:33 Posted: Jan 2011

Views: 1,318,836 | Comments: 2287

Play_iconStacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived

Stacey Kramer: The best gift I ever survived

03:17 Posted: Oct 2010

Views: 2,286,620 | Comments: 472

Play_botw_iconDiane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

Diane J. Savino: The case for same-sex marriage

07:33 Posted: Aug 2010

Views: 270,896 | Comments: 667

Play_iconMichael Specter: The danger of science denial

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

19:01 Posted: Apr 2010

Views: 1,521,020 | Comments: 2128

Play_iconSam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

Sam Harris: Science can answer moral questions

23:06 Posted: Mar 2010

Views: 2,470,572 | Comments: 3156

Comment on this Idea

4642 total comments

This comment will be attributed to . Not ? Sign Out.

Characters remaining: 2000

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

This comment will be attributed to . Not ? Sign Out.

Characters remaining: 2000