The audio for the God or Godless Edmonton Debate is Here!

Posted on 06/11/13 9 Comments

RenfrewOf the three debates we had on the “God or Godless Alberta Tour”, the final night in Edmonton was the liveliest. So even if you’ve already listened to the first debate in Calgary, you can find something worth checking out here: different conversations, different questions, and a different moderator in Myron Penner. Myron definitely added his own perspective on the value of apologetics and debate to the God or Godless mix, and the result was definitely a heady brew of burbling debate. So turn up the speakers, pull up a chair and enjoy a really interesting evening of rigorous debate and irenic discussion about the existence of God:

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  • markpm

    Loved the first debate. Real feisty. So if this one is supposed to be even livelier, then I think I am in for a treat :) Also, was the Red Deer one recorded at all?

    • http://www.randalrauser.com/ Randal Rauser

      Sadly no. Red Deer brought up its own set of unique topics in the Q&A including evolution and unicorns. (Surprisingly neither topic came up in the other two debates!)

      • http://www.randalrauser.com/ Randal Rauser

        By the way, there is about 5 minutes missing right at the beginning of the Q&A right as I begin to talk about what apologetics is. The recording begins again as John is answering another question.

        • markpm

          :( Still, 2 hours of intellectual goodness :)

  • RonH

    John and Randal, I gotta say that was one of the most entertaining debates I’ve heard in a long, long time. And I enjoyed the “meta” three-way with Myron as well.

    I’m 60% through the book. It’s a great intro to a wide field of arguments. I’ve found myself wishing the the rebuttal parts could have been a bit longer at times, but I understand the format constraints and all-in-all I think the book works really well. It’s also actually been a fun read. Is this the first time in the history of apologetics where we’ve seen the “butt sniffing” defense employed?

    • http://www.randalrauser.com/ Randal Rauser

      Thanks for the comments RonH. John’s “dog butt sniffing” argument is a token of a general type of objections to objective aesthetics which parallel the general type of objection to objective ethics that proceeds “Eskimos sometimes leave their infants on ice floes to die of exposure. Therefore there is no objective good.”

      But John’s appeal to dogs butt-sniffing is indeed, to my understanding, a novel token of the argument type.

      • RonH

        In the world of theist/atheist apologetics debates, “novel” is refreshing.

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