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You Don't Gotta Believe

What's eating Vincent Bugliosi? Maybe he's been spending too much time taking on the world's evildoers — Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson, Lee Harvey Oswald — or maybe at the age of 76 he's hedging his bets on whether he'll end up frying in hell or welcomed at the pearly gates. The country's pre-eminent attorney is now taking on the ultimate opponent — God. But he's not going the way of Christopher Hitchens and advocating balls-out atheism. Tonight, Bugliosi makes a compelling case for agnosticism as he discusses and signs his highly controversial book, Divinity of Doubt: The God Question, a treatise that knocks down both theism and atheism. He believes that no religion has a corner on the truth. Rather than believe in myths and fairy tales (Original sin? C'mon. Virgin birth? Puh-leeze), he makes a sound argument for believing only in what can be proved and following the age-old credo, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." By drawing such simple conclusions, as well as disputing fundamental religious doctrine, he has single-handedly managed to outrage followers of all practices, including Christians, Protestants, Jews, Mormons, Buddhists, Wiccans, Sikhs, Muslims and atheists.
Tue., June 21, 7 p.m., 2011

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