POSTPONED If Beliefs Divide Us and Values Unite Us … Does God Matter? | Hartford Seminary

POSTPONED If Beliefs Divide Us and Values Unite Us … Does God Matter?

Please join Hartford Seminary, Chai Mitzvah, and First Church, West Hartford, for a lively discussion moderated by Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show.”

Scott A. Shay’s recent book In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism makes a cogent argument for the rational belief in God. He defends monotheism against those who claim that religion has done more to divide us than unite us. Tom Krattenmaker, author of Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, argues from a secular humanist perspective that we can all agree on values to live by and focus on making this world a better place without a concept of an overarching deity. Colin McEnroe, himself on a much-discussed spiritual journey, will engage Scott, Krattenmaker, and the audience in a lively discussion. We expect this to be a sold out evening.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Hartford Seminary students and faculty are free but must register. To purchase for a group of more than 5, please contact Susan Schoenberger at or 860-509-9519.

Note: Hartford Seminary is committed to providing accessibility for all. Please contact Susan Schoenberger at or 860-509-9519 at least 3 days in advance if you have questions about our accessibility or need reasonable accommodations for this event.

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About the Speakers

Scott A. Shay, author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism, has had a successful business career spanning Wall Street, private equity, venture capital, and banking. He co-founded Signature Bank of New York and has served as its Chairman since its formation. He has been a provocative commentator on many financial issues, including among others, how the banking system should best function to help society, the implications of a cashless world, and tax reform. Shay called for the re-imposition of Glass-Steagall and breaking up the big banks at a TEDx talk at the NY Stock Exchange in 2012. Throughout his life, he has been a student of religion and how religion ought to apply to the world outside of the synagogue, church, or mosque. In addition to authoring articles relating to the Jewish community, Scott authored the best-selling Getting Our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry.

Tom Krattenmaker is a writer specializing in religion in public life and author of Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower, honored as one of the top two religion books of the year by the Religion News Association. His first book, Onward Christian Athletes, examined Christianity in professional sports. Krattenmaker’s second book, The Evangelicals You Don’t Know, on the “new evangelicals” in post-Christian America, was a winner in the best books competition of the Religion Newswriters Association in 2014. Krattenmaker writes regularly for USA Today’s op-ed page as a member of the newspaper’s editorial Board of Contributors. His work has also appeared in recent years in the Washington Post, Religion News Service, and Huffington Post, among numerous other media outlets.

About the Moderator

Colin McEnroe is an author, playwright, professor, columnist, and blogger, who is allergic to penicillin and enjoys photographing his dog wearing hats and publishing those photos to the internet.




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