Video of a debate I did recently

This is a video of a debate I did with Pastor Mark Glanville in Langley, BC last week. After watching the debate, you can find the post-debate Q&A here.

About Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has applied his craft to numerous documentaries, feature films and shorts. Recent projects include "The Chicken Manure Incident," "Hellbound?," "Drop Gun," "No Saints for Sinners," "spOILed," "Sex+Money," "With God On Our Side," "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed," "After..." and the upcoming biopic "The Divine Comedy of Thomas Merton." In addition to his work in film, Kevin has written, co-written and edited over 45 books. He lives in Kimberley, BC, Canada with his wife and four children.

  • Ryan Robinson

    Great debate. It was a rare one where I agreed with most of what each speaker was saying. I found it interesting he focused his arguments against your idea of justice being restorative. That’s actually the one I find completely convincing and necessary for a healthy understanding of God and how we should live. I’m all on board with the idea that God’s goal is to restore the world and everyone in it, not just dole out punishments. It’s your other argument of God overriding free will that I found a little lacking – starting with an Anabaptist framework so free will is very important to me – even though I sincerely hope that it turns out to be true. It’s too bad that he didn’t respond more to that argument.

    • Kevin Miller

      I highly recommend you read John Kronen and Eric Reitan’s book “God’s Final Victory” for a more precise version of the argument vs. free will that I was giving. Thomas Talbott’s “The Inescapable Love of God” is also very good in this department. In sum, I was arguing that overriding our choices is not the same as negating our choices. Furthermore, unless a choice is fully informed and made in a state where you are free from sinful desires or negative emotional states, it can hardly be considered free. Free choices will always converge on God, b/c God is the truth, and we are hardwired rationally and emotionally to seek truth. Finally, I will say the only force that can free the will is the grace of God. Therefore, it’s always up to God to make the first move–otherwise we will have to argue we are capable of choosing God on our own. So if God makes the first move for some people, why can’t he (or why doesn’t he) make the first move for all people? Nothing in his character precludes this, no power in the universe is capable of preventing God from doing this, and God has many morally acceptable means at his disposal. Therefore, I see no barriers to ultimate reconciliation.