Some interesting discussion/debate links
Greetings to all.
It looks like I get the privilege to kick-off this new section on the Board, so I'll begin by explaining what information will be found in the links that I'll be including in this post. The attached links are YouTube videos involving debates and discussions given by some of the more recognized and respected atheists/deists/agnostics and skeptics that routinely engage in "the battle of the wits" with Christian apologists. Much can be learned by believers and non-believers by just being open-minded and using reason/logic when watching the debates and discussions. One important point to note is that basically all of the Christian apologists don't do much in the way of 'defending Christianity' per se, but defend the proposition of "is there a God or not". Obviously, there is no way to disprove that "God" does not exist, since it becomes obvious in the videos that God can be anything from Yahweh of the OT, to a mystical, primary force that we don't understand. Some of the apologists will go as far as alluding to a "personal God" concept, but will usually retreat once the skeptic starts to hone-in on that supposition. Just once, I'd love to see one of the "Christian" or "Jewish" apologist actually attempt to defend the "God" that over 150 million people in the US alone believes in and use honesty in admitting that this belief is based on the Bible being the "inspired Word of God"...and then the fun would really begin. Anyway, hope you enjoy...and I will continue updating this thread as time permits.
I'll post the lead link into each series and you can locate each consecutive link on the face-page of the first link ...sometimes you may have to get a little 'creative' and type in the search what the next similar title should be, if you don't see the link on the primary link page.
1) Hitchens vs Hitchens (Christopher Hitchens debating his brother Peter Hitchens)
2) Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry debating with Catholic leadership on the topic of "Is the Catholic Church a Source of Good in the World"
3) Sam Harris vs William Lane Craig debating "Does Good come from God"
4) Richard Dawkins at the "Big Debate" -The Place for Religion in a 21st Century Modern School
5) Daniel Dennett vs Dinesh D'Souza
...several hours worth of intellectual stimulation!
Facing the East,
Frater Rosae Crucis
"It is only by the exercise of Reason, that man can discover God."
~ Thomas Paine