October 16, 2009

Debate Resources

Posted in Atheism, Debates tagged , at 11:46 am by Andrew

I’ve added a link to the Agnostic Popular Front, a website devoted to critiquing all of the debates in Luke’s archive.

The archive of my “Advice for Debating…” series can be found here.

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May 8, 2009

Chris Matthews Goes 1-for-2

Posted in Atheism, Debates tagged , , , at 1:05 pm by Andrew

After nailing Mike Pence for waffling about evolution a few days ago, Chris Matthews falls down on the job in confronting actual creationist Tom Tancredo.

If you’re in a good mood and can stomach creationist nonsense being delivered without question, click through for the video and transcript. This is why I called Matthews’ interview with Pence “his usual Hardball schtick” the other day; it isn’t that Matthews is a friend of good science, it’s that the relishes in trapping politicians in uncomfortable situations. For the Tancredos of the world — unabashed moron creationists — there’s no smoking gun, and Matthews loses interest.

HT: Hemant Mehta.

April 25, 2009

Advice for Debating William Lane Craig, part 5

Posted in Advice for Debating..., Atheism, Debates tagged , , , , at 9:32 am by Andrew

You can find the previous posts in this series here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and
Part 4, or you can click on the “Advice for Debating…” tag.

1. One of the most important things you should be doing to prepare for any kind of formal debate — and I can’t believe I didn’t mention this earlier — is to practice debating the other side. Atheists, that means you should find the best debater you know (other than yourself) and set up a practice round in which they come in with a case for atheism that you haven’t seen, and you play the role of William Lane Craig.
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April 23, 2009

Advice for Debating William Lane Craig, part 4 (answering Loftus)

Posted in Advice for Debating..., Atheism, Debates tagged , , , , at 1:14 pm by Andrew

In the comments section to part 3, John Loftus — who would like to debate Craig — weighs in again:
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April 17, 2009

Advice for Debating William Lane Craig, part 3

Posted in Advice for Debating..., Answering Apologists, Atheism, Debates tagged , , , , , , , at 12:27 pm by Andrew

Another prominent atheist has chimed in on my posts offering advice for debating William Lane Craig (Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here); this time it’s Christopher Hallquist, whose stuff I also typically enjoy.

As with John Loftus’s response, I find myself puzzled by Hallquist’s overall evaluation — here, he says that my advice is “somewhat misguided.” This is strange, since as far as I can tell, Hallquist and I agree on virtually everything I said! Let’s take a look:
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April 16, 2009

Debate Archives

Posted in Atheism, Debates tagged , , at 1:35 pm by Andrew

If you’re looking for a specific atheist debate, check out Luke’s excellent archive of 400+ debates (in both video and audio format where available) that relate to atheism/theism issues. It is without question the most comprehensive such list on the Internet; if he doesn’t have it, my guess is that it’s not available online. A great resource, and while you’re at it, check out the rest of his site, Common Sense Atheism.

Advice for Debating William Lane Craig, part 2

Posted in Advice for Debating..., Answering Apologists, Atheism, Debates tagged , , , , , , , , at 10:29 am by Andrew

My first post on this subject went to number one on Google and attracted the attention of Richard Carrier (who has previously debated Craig) and John Loftus (who would like to). Let me expand on my previous remarks.
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April 14, 2009

An Appropriate Use of Christopher Hitchens’ Talents

Posted in Atheism, Debates, Questions For Atheists tagged , , , , , , , at 2:28 pm by Andrew

After giving Hitch a bit of a hard time about his debate with William Lane Craig, it’s time to pat him on the back for demolishing Way of the Master alum Todd Friel:

Part 1:

Part 2:

I do view this as a bit of a service to the Christian community, or at least to the handful of folks who still think this is a good script.

HT: Pharyngula, of course.

April 10, 2009

Hitchens v. Strobel, Craig, et al.

Posted in Answering Apologists, Atheism, Debates, Interviews, Science tagged , , , , , , , at 3:19 pm by Andrew

Courtesy of the Christian Booksellers’ Association, and it’s a fair summary of the common apologetic arguments and the way in which they fall on atheistic ears.

I continue to be stumped — even angry — when the supposed “leading lights” of the Christian apologetics movements (Strobel, Craig) can repeat obvious scientific falsehoods with a straight face. Make whatever argument you want, but when you stand in front of several hundred people and affirm that “information in DNA requires an intelligent source,” you are spouting nonsense at best and outright lies at worst. I’m shocked more Christians don’t disavow these sorts of tactics.