Last night I had the privilege of speaking at this debate in St Andrews – I believe it was the first of this kind that the CU have organised. I loved it. The place was relatively full, the chairman was excellent and my opponent, Dr Manfredi La Manna, reader of Economics at University of St Andrews, was pleasant, affable and spoke well. However I found his … Continue reading Debating Delusions in St Andrews
In much of the Western World it is assumed that debating with people is somehow impolite, a refusal to respect their beliefs and an attempt to coerce people into faith. This session looks at how public debates in different formats can be excellent vehicles for communicating the Gospel and can bring people into contact with Jesus Christ for the first time. This is a … Continue reading Persuasive Debating
As 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 … Continue reading Debating Delusions – Proclaiming Christ in the Public Square
This is the latest in my Revelation series in Christian Today – you can read Here The unedited original is below…. I originally entitled it – The Open Door There is an old limerick “ Two men looked out of prison bars, one saw earth and one saw stars”. What do you see when you look at the Church in the West today? Some churches copy … Continue reading Why Christians Need to Stop Worrying about the End Times – (Revelation no.7)
The following is a full transcript of the theological conversation between Rev Scott McKenna (Minister, Church of Scotland) and Rev David Robertson, Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and Director of Solas Centre for Public Christianity. The conversation was chaired by the Very Rev John Chalmers, Principal Clerk to, and former Moderator of, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. It took place in Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland, Edinburgh on 30th September, 2015 at 7:30pm.
My reflections on this can be found here –
Despite written assurances that video and audio footage would be made available, the Church of Scotland has deleted the recordings.
Thanks to Ally Smith for the hard work of transcribing and laying out the full discussion. Please remember that this is a verbatim account of a spoken debate and therefore the grammar etc is not what you would expect for a written debate!
A low quality audio recording of the discussion can be listened to here: http://tapesfromscotland.org/mayfie…
Angus McIntyre: (Session Clerk of Mayfield Salisbury Church of Scotland)
On behalf of Mayfield Salisbury Church I should like to extend our welcome to our audience this evening and to thank you for attending the public conversation featuring the Rev David Robertson and the Rev Scott McKenna.
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Should Christians be Nice in dealing with Nasty atheists My latest article in Christian Today – There is a fascinating YouTube video of Richard Dawkins (scroll down to watch) speaking at a ‘Rally for Reason” in the USA where in front of his devoted followers he urges his fellow atheists to mock and ridicule the religious in public, to challenge the claims of religion with … Continue reading Should Christians be Nice in dealing with Nasty Atheists
This is the debate I did last week with Ted Ammon, a philosophy lecturer in Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi. It was very different from the Matt Dillahunty debate. In some ways I felt that Ted was not all that far from the kingdom…. further to the whole robust thing as well, I read the following this morning as I was preparing to preach – I … Continue reading Debate with Dr Ted Ammon
On Friday the 7th I went into the Premier Studios in London and recorded two shows with Matt Dillahunty from ‘The Atheist Experience’. I was not really looking forward to it – Matt does a kind of atheist apologetic that I actually find distasteful. It is mocking, self congratulatory, smug and superior. Anyway recording the two shows was a tough experience and a spiritual battle. … Continue reading The Atheist Experience – First Debate with Matt Dillahunty – Why I am not an Atheist
The world is a surreal place. 36 hours ago I left Dundee and took the train to Edinburgh. Tonight I am writing this on the return journey. In between I have been in Malaga debating Peter Tatchell, live on Revelation TV. I find that surreal because we live in a world where it is as easy to go to Malaga for a day, as it … Continue reading The Tatchell Debate on Same Sex Marriage
Debating Peter Tatchell on SSM This seems somewhat surreal but I am preparing today to go to Malaga tomorrow to debate Peter Tatchell, live on Revelation TV, on the subject of Same Sex Marriage. Peter is one of the most committed, intelligent and brave gay activists. He will be a formidable opponent and prayer is much appreciated! The link above is to the Scotsman’s report … Continue reading Debating Peter Tatchell on SSM