Here is a video of my debate challenge
(Flattering af, amirite?)
Here is a transcript of the video PLUS the links I've included in the Info Section
TranscriptHello YouTube land! I'm Joe, lifelong Lord Protector of the Nation of Joe.
I'm a big fan of debates, especially those on topics relating to theism, critical thinking, and science.
In the past I have informally debated people on many different subjects and these debates or dialogues can be found on my YouTube channel.
But now I am interested in testing my formal debating skills.
That is, I've never argued about the topics I'm interested in in a rigorous and timed debate format, the kind of format associated with the classic and popular debates held between religious apologists and popular critics of religion like one of my heroes, the late Christopher Hitchens.
I'd like to try this formal debate format out. But because I've never done it before, I want to take it nice and slow.
What I mean by that is that I wanna try the formal debate style employed by the very good Reasonable Doubts Podcast. I'll link to the debates they've hosted in the Info Section below.
Since at least 2012, Reasonable Doubts has released several formal debates using the following format: Instead of being live and in front of an audience the debate I'd like to do would instead be comprised of a series of audio exchanges between debaters.
These exchanges will follow an agreed upon time limitation for each section of the debate.
For each of the several sections, the debaters will be given a week to analyze, script, and record their entries and then exchange them with one another. There would be four sections in total: Each speaker will have an Opening Statement, then statements for two Rebuttal Rounds, followed be a Closing Statement.
Once the debate is finished, all the statements will be edited together in the agreed upon order -- as one debater's section ends, their opponent's section will follow without interruption.
Once this post-production is finished, I'll then release the full debate on my channel and allow you to host the debate on your channel or whatever.
SO, here is the debate schedule I'd like to follow:
Each debater will make a 20 minute Opening Statement followed by a First Rebuttal Round 15 minutes in length, then a Second Rebuttal Round 10 minutes in length after which each debater will make a 5 minute long Closing Statement.
This us each 50 minutes of time to make our cases, resulting in an hour and forty minutes long debate.
Again, both the format and schedule are written in the Info Section of this video.
I rather like this debate format and schedule, but of course I'm willing to tweak it a bit if you'd like a revision somewhere.
For example, I'd be fine with a 2-3 day interval instead.
Any such details can be negotiated if and when anyone is actually interested in taking up my challenge.
I'd also like to do this thing with included ppt presentations, as well.
I'm pretty much looking to ape the 2014 JJ Lowder-Kevin Vandergriff Debate which followed the format and schedule I mentioned. They also posted a debate transcript with presentation slides on their blogs along with a video of the entire debate audio synced to their individual slide presentations.
I have a link to that debate in the Info, btw.
NOW, we got the debate FORMAT and SCHEDULE out in the open, so let's look at the debate TOPICS I'm interested in debating.
1. Did Jesus Christ Rise Bodily from the Dead?
2. Does the Christian God Exist?
3. Does God Exist? or Is Theism True? or Does the Evidence Support Theism? or...something in the same vein.
4. Biological Evolutionary Theory or Intelligent Design/Creation: Which Does the Evidence Support?
5. Is the Genesis Flood Account of the Old Testament Scientifically Accurate? or Is it Supported by the Available Evidence?
For all of these debate topics, I will defend the atheist/naturalist/skeptic position. That is, for all sans topic number four, I will be arguing the negative position and for that fourth topic I will argue in support of biological evolutionary theory.
ALL of these topics can be tweaked a little, too.
ALSO, for all these I wouldn't mind going second, either.
PLUS, here are some more debate topics I'm interested in, but would need a bit more time to prepare for, and thus am a bit more hesitant tackle.
6. Naturalism/Atheism vs (Christian) Theism: Where Does the Evidence Point?
7. Is God Necessary for Morality?
8. Should Intelligent Design/Creation be taught in the Classroom?
9. Is the United States Government founded on the Christian Religion?
10. Is there Sufficient Evidence to Support an Alternative 911 Conspiracy Theory?
AGAIN, these topics will be listed in the info section.
NOW I have a few ambitions with this debate challenge, I'm not sure if I'll have a screening process or anything of that nature...
I mean, I don't wanna debate a 5 year old or something.
My ultimate goal is to see if I can pull this thing off. If I can defend the worldview(s) and/or positions that I hold with force and clarity, in a formal debate format.
So how about it? Is there anyone who would like to debate me on the topics listed above?
If you are interested or have any ideas AT ALL, please message me or leave a comment on this video and we can go from there!
As you can see I'm new at this. I've been listening to debates for years and even run a blog reviewing them but I've never actually officially attempted to participate in a legit debate with another person. I realized that I don't know how to go about doing this...or rather, I can think of ways of doing this but they seem like pretty weak avenues to follow.
So what I'm doing is making this video and posting it with a transcript in the Info section and then I'll start peddling it to the skeptic and religious blogosphere until I get an opponent.
Well, thanks for watching! Please read the Info Section and I dunno, tell others about this, what I assume is, pivotal experience in your life.
Reasonable Doubts Debates in the format I'm interested inhttp://tinyurl.com/AndrewsvsSchieber2013