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How to debate theology: Jonathan Miller vs. Denys Turner

It's hard to deal with theologians in debate. They aren't using the same kind of language as scientists. They are using outdated philosophy combined with appeals to emotion. Again and again we can watch debates that get nowhere. Atkins vs. Lane Craig is one example. What is needed to effectively counter their views is philosophical skills and an ability to debate with the same language.

I thought this discussion from a few years ago would be interesting to people here.

This is a masterpiece of debate: Jonathan Miller vs Denys Turner, from "The Atheism Tapes". Watch Miller slowly and politely push Turner into a corner where he has to admit that his views are based only on faith. I think this also emphasizes the strength of the moderator-free discussion format that Richard has been increasingly using.

Enjoy:

Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSTAagcaFN0

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIxWcVXRxjU&feature=related

Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpPxuk61SdM&feature=related

TAGGED: ATHEISM, DEBATE POINTS, RELIGION


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