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Is it OK for Christians to debate?

Is it OK for Christians to debate?

The truth is that debating is encouraged throughout the Bible. The prophet Isaiah shows his support of debate by making these statements in Isaiah 1:18; 41:21: “Come now, and let us reason together…

How do you tell a Christian you’re an atheist?

Make sure that you frame the conversation around your lack of religion and not the fact that you find the other person’s belief to be “wrong.” Try saying things like “I personally do not believe that God is real,” in place of things like “Believing in God is absolutely absurd. There is no proof!”

What is the God debate?

That in turn has prompted the emergence of a trend known as “The New Atheism” and a series of attacks on religious belief that has come to be called the “God Debate.” This course will examine this current controversy and seek to provide students with its larger intellectual background.

What does the Bible say about arguing with family?

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.”

Why do you fight Bible verse?

You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Can you pray for someone who doesn’t believe in God?

For the atheist, such as myself, there is no great chance that God is listening or will respond, but that does not matter. One does not need to believe in God for prayer to work. It is possible to be a praying atheist, a “pray-theist” if you like.

Are there debates between atheists and Christian apologists?

Recently there seems to have been a rash of debates between atheists and Christian apologists. Of course, we had the much-ballyhooed debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye on creationism versus evolution (“Ham on Nye”), which only served the purpose of giving Ham’s ridiculous beliefs attention they did not deserve.

What’s the best way to debate a Christian?

A relaxed attitude helps. Confidence helps. Kindness and charity toward our opponents, some well-turned phrases and pithy one-liners, an attitude of honesty help. Sometimes an audience member will walk away with nothing more than an impression, a leaning toward or away from one of the debaters, which will influence their future learning.

Who is the most experienced atheist debater?

Dan Barker, who is probably the most experienced atheist debater, with over a hundred under his belt, offers this advice: “Debating is tough. As you say, there are so many ways the ball can bounce. But you are right that we should try to touch on every point raised, at least minimally.

What makes a bad impression in a debate?

In a debate, impressions are more important than the substance of an argument and not answering a point makes a bad impression. In what follows I will provide a primer on the most common arguments made by apologists and suggest canned responses.