This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

 
Existence of God: In the News

Search :

Public Debate This Thursday

by  Kyle Butt, M.A.

The inspired apostle Peter instructed Christians to “always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). At Apologetics Press, we strive not only to provide materials that equip Christians to give a defense, but we also try to be on the front lines of that defense ourselves. In our efforts to provide a reasonable defense of New Testament Christianity, we are sometimes called upon to publically engage those who attack God and Christianity.

On Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m., I will be participating in a formal debate with atheist Blair Scott, the Director of Communications for the American Atheist organization. He was the recipient of the American Atheist of the Year award in 2007 and again in 2010. The proposition for the debate is: “God Does Not Exist.” Mr. Scott will affirm that God does not exist, and I will deny that affirmation.

The debate will be held on the campus of the University of North Alabama (UNA) in the Norton Auditorium. Norton Auditorium seats about 1,700. The seating will be on a first come, first served basis, and there will not be any tickets or any cost to attend the event. The doors will open at 5:30, so we would encourage all who want a good seat to be there as close to that time as possible. In the case that the auditorium fills up, there will be several venues within a few blocks that will be showing the Internet live stream of the debate. Directions to those sites will be available at the auditorium that evening. (For information about the live stream see: http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=6&article=2698.)

At Apologetics Press, we believe that a debate format offers a unique perspective on important issues. It combines the personalities of the disputants, with the strengths or weaknesses of each position, in a way that encourages interaction between two views. In many cases, publicly debating a proposition can help uncover the flaws and inconsistencies of a particular position, while at the same time bringing to light the truth and validity of other beliefs. In some ways, a debate is one of the most valuable ways to analyze the truth of any position.

It is our prayer that the upcoming debate will be an excellent opportunity to bring glory to the Creator of the Universe. In the process, we believe it will also strengthen the resolve of those who believe in God and challenge the beliefs and the hearts of those who do not. We hope that you will pray for the success of this event and make your plans to be a part of it.




Copyright © 2011 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

We are happy to grant permission for items in the "Existence of God" section to be reproduced in their entirety, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) the author’s name must remain attached to the materials; (4) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (5) alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, quotations, etc. must be reproduced exactly as they appear in the original); (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
U.S.A.
Phone (334) 272-8558

http://www.apologeticspress.org