Is belief in God dangerous? Is it something we need to eradicate from society, or does it give us hope, purpose, and meaning?

Larry Taunton of Fixed Point Foundation goes head-to-head against atheist Michael Shermer of Skeptic magazine for an electric encounter in America’s most secular city: Seattle. According to Taunton, “Every meaningful movement in the history of the West has been fueled by Christianity, because they all appealed to a higher law.” God, he believes, is far from irrelevant.

On the other side, Michael Shermer of Skeptic magazine asserts that religion is largely to blame for some of the worst atrocities in human history. He maintains that mankind’s progress has brought us to a place where faith should be abandoned altogether.

It’s the biggest question of all time: Do we need God?