Sunday Debate

Matt Dillahunty debates “Should one believe in god?”


NaNoCon is a Saturday event, but the next day, our keynote speaker has agreed to engage in a Sunday afternoon debate with a member of our community.  Facing off with Matt Dillahunty on the question of “Should one believe in god?” will be Phillip Christie, honors graduate of APSU’s Philosophy Department.  This maintains the NaNoCon tradition set in 2016 of the keynote speaker supporting a free event for a smaller community near Nashville, such as Clarksville, TN.

This debate is hosted by APSU’s Philosophy Club, Students for Secular Humanism, several faith-based groups, and the APSU Philosophy Department. The moderated debate will be followed by audience questions. The event is free, but contributions will be accepted to help cover the speakers’ travel expenses. Clement Auditorium seats only 550, so first come first served!

Matt Dillahunty


Matt Dillahunty is the host of the popular call-in show The Atheist Experience, based out of Austin, TX. He has debated many high-profile Christian apologists, including Ray Comfort and Sye Ten Bruggencate. He is also a founder of the comprehensive counter-apologetics Wiki “Iron Chariots“. In 2015, he toured Australia alongside fellow activists Seth Andrews and Aron Ra as a member of the “Unholy Trinity Tour”. Show Less  This November he hosted “Richard Dawkins and Matt Dillahunty in Conversation” in Vancouver. He’s been known to say “Science is the only things that disproves science, and it does it all the time.”

Raised a fundamentalist Southern Baptist, Dillahunty initially considered seminary to become a minister; however, he discovered that the more he studied religion, the less believable he found it. After eight years in the US Navy, he served from 2006 to 2013 as the president of the Atheist Community of Austin.  With casual Texas charm and logical precision, armed with a thorough understanding of biblical fundamentalism, Matt is an ambassador for the power of debate to engage and enlighten.

Phillip Christie


Phillip Christie was the 2016 Honors graduate of the Philosophy Department of Austin Peay State University, recognized with the distinction of magna cum laude. While at APSU, Mr. Christie served as the president of the Philosophy Club, and he was a presenter for the Society of Student Scholars.  He presented original papers at conferences, entitled “Belief, Doubt, and Inquiry” and “On the Ontology of Moral Values and Duties, a Critique of Kant.” Outside of his academic achievements, Mr. Christie served as a volunteer firefighter from 2006-2008 and became an emergency medical technician from 2008-2013. His experiences with death, dying, pain, and suffering during his EMS career led him to ask questions and seek answers about truth, God, and religion. He eventually decided to leave his EMS career and become a philosopher, landing on the side of Christianity.  He intends to pursue a doctorate in philosophy.

Phillip Christie

Date and Time

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Doors open: 3:00 PM
Debate: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Clement Auditorium, Clement Hall
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN