A new website addition: Debate Points
Added: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 23:00:00 UTC
I thought we might try a new section here at RichardDawkins.net called "Debate Points". A lot of people have mentioned that we need to stay on top of the arguments for and against the debate points we will meet. Some seem to never die (Hitler/Stalin, Morality), and we can always improve our arguments. Let's use the comment space on this post to brainstorm some points that we can start discussions on. We can then use the Debate Points category to list some of these, and users can post their thoughts or rebuttals in the comment space. Let's try and be clear and concise, as if these were to be used in a real debate. For example, what would you say if you were to debate Dinesh D'Souza in front of a Christian College?
The link to the Debate Points area is:
Here are some we can start with (click on each topic to go to its own thread):
Arguments Against Evolution
Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc. were atheists, and they were terrible!
You can't be moral without God!
Religion is not incompatible with Science: 'Non-Overlapping Magisteria'
Atheism is a religion and you're as bad as the fundamentalists
That's not MY God you're criticising
Science and Religion BOTH make faith claims
I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist
A Rational Universe Implies a Creator, Science points towards Theism
Arguments From Design, First Cause, Something Rather Than Nothing, Fundamental Constants
You can't prove that you love someone, so don't expect proof of God
Science can answer how questions but only religion can answer why questions
If you don't accept the supernatural, you obviously think life is depressing, meaningless and cold
The Transcendental Argument for God
Was religion beneficial to the development of society? Is it now?
The US is a Christian Nation
Science owes its origins to Christianity or Religion
Most religious people are moderate, and don't hurt anybody
Atheists don't believe in anything
What's the evolutionary advantage of offering your place to an old woman on a bus?
So what other common debate points can you think of? Please list them below!
UPDATE: Thanks to a couple of you for pointing out AskTheAtheists.com - I've linked that at the top of the Debate Points page as well.
UPDATE #2: Be sure to login and use our new "Rank this comment" feature (right under each comment while logged in) to help score your favorite responses. Comments can now be sorted by highest rank on all articles, including Debate Points.
Kyle Hill - JREF Comments
If we want people to understand the full range of skepticism we have to also stress the affirmatives. We need to live up to the charge of promoting science and critical thinking
Jon White - New Scientist Comments
Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku faces a Catholic backlash after insisting that the "holy" water dripping from a statue of Christ came from a leaky drain
Matthew Hutson - Wired Comments
"If there's no obvious responsible party, we find a scapegoat. And what happens if no acceptable scapegoats are in sight? We credit a supernatural one."
Jonah Lehrer - The New Yorker 106 Comments
While philosophers, economists, and social scientists had assumed for centuries that human beings are rational agents—reason was our Promethean gift—Kahneman, the late Amos Tversky, and others demonstrated that we’re not nearly as rational as we like to believe.
Chris Michaud - Reuters 91 Comments
Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012.
Daisy Grewal - Scientific American 41 Comments
How Critical Thinkers Lose Their Faith in God