Debating Delusions – Proclaiming Christ in the Public Square

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 09.11.02As I have gradually got back into public speaking its been a privilege to speak at the Universities of Aberdeen, Abertay, Dundee….The CU’s generally do a remarkable work.  I think what I personally enjoy more than anything are the discussions and debates with non-believers.  They don’t always have to be hostile.  As the following example shows – this was held in the Glasgow Uni Student Uni with one of my favourite atheist speakers – Gary McLelland – who is now the International director of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.   Gary is a lapsed Catholic – articulate, intelligent and gracious.  I have a lot of time for him.   This particular debate covered many of the normal questions and objections – what I remember about it was the discussion in the bar afterwards with some of the atheists….it both challenged and reinforced my faith.   Atheism is the ultimate delusion –

I have been asked several times in the past few weeks to give examples of debates so this is perhaps the clearest.

 

Here is another that we did in Strathclyde –

Is Belief in God Reasonable? Debate with Gary McLelland

Finally if you want an example of a debate that is not quite so peaceful – I guess my favourites are the two I did on Premier with Matt Dillahunty – I found him to be the opposite of Gary – smug and self-righteous – getting caught in the trap of his self-awareness of his own genius.  He was a classic example of the ‘give them enough rope and they will hang themselves principle’!    The atheist backlash on this one was furious – which showed to me that it had touched a nerve.

The Atheist Experience – First Debate with Matt Dillahunty – Why I am not an Atheist

2 thoughts on “Debating Delusions – Proclaiming Christ in the Public Square

  1. I’ve listen to both of your exchanges with Dillahunty on Premier a number of times – I quite enjoyed them. The last thing I came away thinking was that Matt was “smug and self-righteous”, there are a few occasions where his tone seems to suggest frustration or irritation but that’s because of your own tendency to talk over the top of him.

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