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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.)

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Play_iconKaren Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

Karen Armstrong: My wish: The Charter for Compassion

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Play_iconRobert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas

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Play_iconRichard Dawkins: Militant atheism

Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism

29:10 Posted: Apr 2007

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Play_iconTom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

Tom Honey: Why would God create a tsunami?

19:32 Posted: Apr 2007

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Play_iconDavid Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

David Deutsch: Chemical scum that dream of distant quasars

19:00 Posted: Sep 2006

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Play_iconRick Warren: A life of purpose

Rick Warren: A life of purpose

21:02 Posted: Jul 2006

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Play_iconDan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

Dan Dennett: Let's teach religion -- all religion -- in schools

24:45 Posted: Jul 2006

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Play_iconJulia Sweeney: Letting go of God

Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God

16:32 Posted: Jul 2006

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