A couple of months ago, Joe Schmid of the Majesty of Reason blog and YouTube channel invited me to participate in a devil’s advocate debate in which I defend atheism and Joe, an agnostic, defends theism. After some twists and turns, it ended up that the debate was hosted by Cameron Bertuzzi of “Capturing Christianity”. […]
That’s the principle behind the devil’s advocate debate I participated in on Saturday, June 13: if you’re a theist, how would you defend atheism? If you’re an atheist, how would you defend theism? In this debate, I defended atheism and Ben Watkins of Real Atheology defended theism. You can be the judge.
In “The Problem with Debates” I pointed out that debates tend to be poor vehicles for providing illumination. On the contrary, given their polarizing and competitive nature, debates tend to lead to retrenchment across deep divisions. And so, while I have participated in several debates over the years, I participated in all of them with […]
My Devil’s Advocate Unbelievable Debate with Michael Ruse is now available online. You can listen to it here. I wrote out some statements in advance, but unfortunately given the time constraints (the clock moves way faster on radio; it’s a proven scientific fact!; I think it has something to do with relativity theory) I had […]
Gee, the title of this article just stole my opening line. Oh well, at the risk of redundancy, I did indeed just finish debating Michael Ruse. As I mentioned a couple days ago, this was planned as a sort of “devil’s advocate” debate in which Ruse, a world-famous atheist, would defend theism; meanwhile, I, a […]