Christian and atheist religious advocates argued about the role of religion in society during a “Christianity vs. Atheism” debate on the UW-Madison campus Thursday.

Dinesh D’Souza, author of “What’s So Great About Christianity?” and Dan Barker, former preacher and co-founder of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, participated in the debate.

The UW Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics and Badger Catholic sponsored event, which filled the Memorial Union Theater to capacity and drew an estimated crowd of 1,300.

D’Souza said he would structure his arguments around history, philosophy, science and skepticism, without reliance on scriptures, revelations or other forms of sacred text. According to D’Souza, Christianity has played a crucial role in Western Civilization.

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