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Category Archive: email debate

Oct 10 2011

Why you should argue in public and private

Greta asks a question of the FTB community today: Atheist Arguments — Public or Private?  My answer is: both. There’s no pat answer to how you should conduct yourself in an argument, any more than you can encapsulate morality in a set of ten laws that are followed unfailingly without question.  Obviously, I’m a big …

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Dec 22 2010

On changing minds

In a previous thread, someone wrote: “While debating with a theist can be as invigorating as playing chess, one should bear in mind that it’s doing them harm. It’s driving them deeper into their psychosis.” This is simply not true, and yet it’s unfortunately a very common meme among the “Don’t be a dick” crowd. …

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Jun 27 2010

Not quite the double standard you were thinking

Hey, kids. Yes, I’m back. Been back a few days in fact. And I’m finally ready to post again, so here’s my first, in reply to a letter received responding to the conversation with Behe fan “Garry” on the last show I did with Matt. Our correspondent begins: I am an undergraduate student at the …

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May 18 2010

A Zacharias follow-up

Because there was no indication Matt had done it, I thought it would be interesting to email the link to his post answering Ravi Zacharias’ “Six Questions to Ask an Atheist” to the contact address I found at the RZIM website. Monday afternoon I received this response, not from Zacharias himself, but the ministry staffer …

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Nov 17 2009

We get creationist email #2

This is a follow-up to this dialogue. Martin has politely asked me if I would increase my blogging activity over the next few weeks, so that we can make up for the lack of new shows. Since I enjoy writing posts that react to something else, I’ll probably carry on with this sort of thing …

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Nov 13 2009

We get creationist email

I’ve alerted the author that I will be posting this, and even obtained his consent, so… everybody wave hello! From: thelambstruthI’m a creationist fundie first off, and I was wondering how one could be an evolutionists. Hello, creationist fundie, nice to meet you. The reason someone would accept evolution is pretty straightforward: It’s because neo-Darwinian …

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Aug 24 2009

On keeping your cool

An email friend, whom I’ll call “Carl,” (he can identify himself in the comments if he feels like it) sent me a message with the subject “Could you help?” It contained a few letters exchanged with a pastor named Jesse. It seems that some of Carl’s well-meaning friends don’t care for his atheism, and therefore …

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Jul 16 2009

Last Muslim email, I’m done. Your turn.

All right, seriously, we’re going around in circles. I’m bored. You can talk to Muhammad if you want. Parts 1 , 2, 3. Why do you think your god just existed without anything happening that caused the god? Because it makes sense to say that god led to the creation of something then to say …

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Jul 15 2009

We get Muslim email (part 3)

Yep, I went another round with Muhammad. He sent two emails and here’s the resulting response. This was part 1 and part 2. Muhammad’s first reply: What additional information do you get from calling it “God?” Even assuming that “dimensions interacting with each other” made sense as something other than a bunch of words strung …

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Jul 15 2009

We get Muslim email (part 2)

Here’s part 1 in case you missed it. Muhammad’s second message to me: Hey thanks for reply I forgot to mention one more proof of why god exists and it has to do with Prophet Muhammad. Please look at this and then I will go back and make a comment on all the comments you …

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