Full Preterism vs. Orthodox Preterism – Don Preston vs. Justin Wallace

September 25, 2015


Hell: Eternal Suffering or Annihilation?-Chris Date vs. William Albrecht

August 22, 2015

Published on Sep 1, 2013

The following debate took place on 08/24/13. This debate was aired on live radio, on the show HEALING X OUTREACH RADIO, with host Agustin Astacio moderating. Chris Date took the position that Annihilationism was a valid theological viewpoint. William Albrecht took the position that the traditional Christian teaching has always been Eternal suffering in eternal torment. The debate lasted 3 hours and was a lively exchange that was followed by live Q and A call in!”

Christian’s against Abortion debate Abolitionism – Incrementalism vs. Immediatism Gregg Cunningham vs. T. Russell Hunter

May 27, 2015

Shawn McCraney vs. Matt Slick – Total Reconciliationism vs. Calvinism

May 14, 2015

Joel McDurmon vs. JD Hall – Theonomy Debate – Are the Mosaic civil laws obligatory for today?

May 14, 2015

Are the Mosaic civil laws obligatory for today?

Christopher Hitchens vs. Peter Hitchens – On God, War, Politics, and Culture

November 5, 2014

Hitchens vs Hitchens Debate – On God, War, Politics, and Culture

See the fold for videos of the Hitchens vs Hitchens Debate

In April, Center for Inquiry | Michigan, in partnership with the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, hosted an historic debate between Christopher and Peter Hitchens. The brothers, long estranged and recently reconciled, had clashed before in print and on the radio. But this event marked the first time that they appeared together on stage, one-on-one, before a live audience, to debate religion and foreign policy.

And this was not just any stage. This stage was set in Grand Rapids, home to the world’s largest Bible publisher, a half dozen Christian colleges, world headquarters of both the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church of America, and Mars Hill — a church so large they actually bought a shopping mall to hold 10,000 churchgoers each Sunday. This stage was housed in ultra-liberal Fountain Street Church, a speaking venue over the years for the likes of Clarence Darrow, Susan B. Anthony, Hellen Keller, Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost, Alan Watts, Malcolm X, Michael Moore, and many others.

One wall of the sanctuary is lined with stained glass windows depicting traditional Biblical personalities. Windows on the opposite wall feature more enlightened figures such as Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, Roger Williams, George Washington, Desiderius Erasmus, Louis Pasteur, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and yes, even Charles Darwin.

It was on this stage that brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens stepped out before an audience of almost 1400 people anxious to see sibling rivalry at its finest.

“Of all the places in all the world where I could have held what I think will be my last debate with my brother Christopher, Grand Rapids would have struck me as the least likely location,” Peter reflected later. “There is a very strong chance that this will be the last time we do this.”

Christopher Hitchens’ name is, of course, well known to many naturalists and super-naturalists alike. His positions on religion and the War in Iraq are often polarizing and have created admirers and detractors on both sides.

Younger brother, Peter, is a Londoner, and although less well known here in the States, is also an accomplished author, journalist, and media pundit in his own right.

James McIntyre, a fellow journalist and friend to both brothers, described them this way: “As individuals, they could hardly seem more different. One [is] a conservative, traditionalist, church-going Anglican; the other a liberal, louche, drinking-and-smoking atheist.”

Christopher, to be sure, knows how to rule the stage with a fierce and flamboyant erudition that could overshadow any younger sibling. But despite Peter Hitchens’ comparatively reserved demeanor and buttoned-up style, he displays a bit of Christopher’s acerbity and haughty charm when telling of the time that then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, told him to “sit down and stop being bad.”

The first blows of the evening were landed over the proposition “The Invasion of Iraq was wrong” with Peter winning the coin toss — and winning the audience’s allegiance for his position against the war. “I don’t want to make this too easy for myself,” Peter opined, “because it seems to me that it is actually a fantastically easy position to take.” And so it seemed to most of the crowd as Peter bemoaned “the rank stupidity of arguments in its favor” and recounted many examples to underline what he sees as the carelessness and callousness with which the war has been waged.

The final and most anticipated round of the brotherly brawl was over the proposition “God does not exist and he is not great”. “Okay, let me see,” Christopher began, “I don’t think it’s going to take 10 minutes to disprove the existence of God.”

After Christopher had “rehearsed” a number of arguments against God’s existence for the crowd, he went on to emphasize that, not only is believing in a “celestial dictator” absurd, but he’s “glad that it’s not true.”

Religion is, Christopher asserts, the desire for a tyrannical authority who can, indeed must, “subject you to total surveillance around the clock… and even worse, and where the fun really begins, after you’re dead — a celestial North Korea.” “Who but a slave desires such a ghastly fate?” he asks. “I’ve been to North Korea… It has a dead man as its president… Kim Jong-Il is only head of the party, not head of the government or the state. That office belongs to his deceased father.” What’s more, “It’s a necrocracy,” says Christopher. “The son is a reincarnation of the father. It is the most revolting, and utter, and absolute, and heartless tyranny the human species has ever evolved. But at least you can fucking die and leave North Korea.”

James White vs. Dr. Richard Hopkins, (Biblical Mormonism), on the need for Temples as a part of the New Testament Church.

November 2, 2014

James White debates Dr. Richard Hopkins, (Biblical Mormonism), on the need for Temples as a part of the New Testament Church.

Craig vs. Hector Avalos – Resurrection

October 29, 2014

Craig vs. Marcus Borg – Resurrection (with additional commentators)

October 29, 2014

Craig vs. Robert M. Price -Resurrection

October 29, 2014