There was a debate at NYU’s Skirball Center that was part of the Intelligence Squared debate series, “Resolved: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion”. Supporting the atheist side were Matthew Chapman and A.C. Grayling, while Dinesh D’Souza and David Wolpe were arguing on behalf of religion. You can read the NYT’s recap or just watch the video below …
They started out with 52% supporting the motion, then after the debate that had climbed to 59%.
It is also worth checking out the NYT article, they tout it as … “Pascal’s wager met American Idol”.
In the end it was what you might expect … the religious remained religious, the non-religious stayed non-religious, and the undecided, who were open to reason and logic went with the rationality and so bumped the 52% to 59%.