iERA has been actively engaged with academics and thinkers for over four years. Their speakers and lecturers have been at the forefront of intellectual debate and dialogue with the world’s prominent academics and activists. The topics have included “Does God Exist?”, “Can We Live Better Lives Without Religion?”, “Can Consciousness Best Be Explained By God’s Existence?”, “Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?”, “Is Islam or Atheism More Rational?” and “Was The Qur’an Reliably Transmitted?”. A range of academics and thinkers have taken part in these discussions, including Professor Simon Blackburn, Dr. Brendan Larvor, Dr. Stephen Law, Professor Richard Norman, Dr. Nigel Warburton , Professor Peter Simons, Dr. Peter Cave, Professor Graham Thompson, Dr. Lars Gule, Dan Barker, Professor Lawrence Krauss, Andrew Compson and Dr. Ed Buckner.
Although these discussions have been sometimes rigourous and passionate, iERA has tried to ensure that all debates and discussions are of the highest standard. A particular milestone in this effort was the recent discussion on consciousness with Professor Peter Simons and Hamza Andreas Tzortzis. The discussion was well-mannered and friendly, even to the point where the two embraced and exchanged gifts. As a direct result of this exchange, Mr Tzortzis received the following endorsement by Professor Peter Simons:
On several occasions I have engaged with Hamza Tzortzis in public discussion about the issue of theism versus atheism, and the implications of taking one side or the other in the debate. At all times I have found him to be an articulate, well-informed and challenging debater, yet at the same time someone who is restrained, respectful and affable in discussion. There has been in our discussions none of the rancour that often mars debates in this area. While reserving the right to disagree with him, I am happy to endorse him as an honest and engaging speaker and debater on theism, Islam, morality and society, one in whose company it is a pleasure to exchange views.
Peter Simons FBA MRIA
Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837)
Trinity College Dublin
iERA will continue to promote intellectual dialogue and discussion, as well as take the necessary steps to ensure that all present and future discussions reflect Professor Simons’ experience, insha’Allah (God willing).