Announcing New Index of Our Debates

You'll notice on the menu bar near the top of The Secular Outpost site a link to "Our Debates." If you click on that link, you'll see an index of our debates on God's existence, God and morality, and Christianity. If available, we provide links to the relevant video, audio, transcript, summary, and assessment. The "scope" of this page is limited only to our debates (e.g., debates sponsored by Internet Infidels, debates involving at least one debater affiliated with the Internet Infidels, etc.). … [Read more...]

LINK: Audio of Russell-Copleston Debate on God’s Existence (Part 2 of 2)

For a transcript of the debate (including other topics discussed), follow this link:http://evans-experientialism.freewebspace.com/copleston.htmYou can download the audio here:http://www.archive.org/details/DebateOnTheExistenceOfGodBertrandRussellV.Fr.F... … [Read more...]

LINK: Audio of Russell-Copleston Debate on God’s Existence (Part 1 of 2)

This is an excerpt from the famous BBC Radio debate between Father Frederick C. Copleston and Bertrand Russell. In this section, they discuss Leibniz's Argument from Contingency, which is a form of the Cosmological Argument. It differs from other Cosmological arguments (e.g. Kalam) in that it is consistent with an eternal universe, as it doesn't appeal to first causes, but rather the principle of sufficient reason. It can be summarized in this way:(1) Everything that exists contingently has a … [Read more...]

LINK: Nicholas Everitt’s Review of God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist

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Repost: Shameless Self-Promotion of My Debate with Phil Fernandes

This is a re-post. Please pardon the shameless self-promotion, but the video of my 1999 debate with Phil Fernandes on naturalism vs. theism was uploaded to YouTube some time ago. If you haven't already seen it, I invite you to view it here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl2lUIku-zo … [Read more...]

Flanagan’s Response to Me (Re: Jerry Coyne on Explaining Morality)

Matthew Flanagan has written a response to my post on Jerry Coyne and explaining morality. I am quoting his response in its entirety, with Flannagan's permission. Hi Jeffery, I tried posting this on your site but couldn’t, feel free to do so. You write: ”I suspect that C.S. Lewis’ moral argument for God’s existence is probably much more influential among the average reader of USA Today than the work of Robert Adams. And Lewis does appeal to a variety of moral phenomena in in Mere Christianity as … [Read more...]

Craig’s “Altar Calls”

(This is an old post from my archives, originally written around 2006.)I was watching the video of Craig's old debate with Henry Morgentaler, and the altar call at the end of his first rebuttal struck me. Craig invited Morgentaler to become a Christian. This isn't the first time he's done this; he did the same thing to Paul Kurtz when they debated.This led me to ask half-seriously, "What if Craig's opponent did the same thing to him?" For example, in the atheist's conclusion of their first … [Read more...]

Stephen Law’s Opening Statement In Debate with William Lane Craig

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