Joe Puckett, Jr, a minister at the Hartville Church of Christ that is about an hour’s drive from where I live, has invited me to a debate. The topic we have agreed upon is God Does Not Exist that I will affirm and he will deny. I know the proposition is a counter-intuitive one but I have reasons for choosing it.
As part of the format, we both agreed that sometimes these kinds of debates tend to have people talking through each other because they have wrong assumptions about what the other believes and is using as a framework. To avoid this and to have a more meaningful exchange, we decided that before the debate we would each ask the other a set of questions about what he believes. The questions and answers for each person must fit on a single page and a one-page document will be created with each set on either side and distributed to all who attend.
I have some ideas about the questions I want to ask but am throwing it out to the readership here to suggest what they think are the important things to know about the ‘god exists’ side before the debate.
[UPDATE: As a clarification, the questions should be such as to be simple to answer in a few words, so deep questions should be avoided.]
The debate will be held on Saturday June 21, 2014 at Northwest Church of Christ, 3904 38th St NW, Canton, OH 44718, which seats 800 people. It will run from 6:00-8:50 pm and allow time for an intermission and questions from the audience. Joe seems to think that there will be a huge amount of interest. I am not sure that we can fill such a large auditorium since I am not a big name, though perhaps Joe has a large following. The debate will be streamed live and will also be uploaded later on YouTube.
Joe and I have had cordial exchanges about the arrangements and I think it will be a friendly, thoughtful, and fun evening.