Kevin vs Eloise: Atheism / Theism Showdown (Semi-Formal Debate)
Welcome to semi-formal, peer-reviewed debate between myself and Eloise. To start things off, I am simply going to go over the format and rules for the debate for the sake of the reader:
The debate will consist of opening statements by Eloise and myself, detailing our worldviews, the evidence for our worldviews, and our reasons and evidence for finding atheism / theism (respectively) fallacious / irrational.
Each opponent will then write a rebuttal to the opening statement, and their opponent will write a response to this rebuttal. Opponents will then rebut and counter-rebut 4 more times.
DeludedGod and Hambydammit have agreed to be an impartial, credible peer-reviewing body during the debate. As such, the debate will be paused twice for them to review the arguments leveled so far, pull-apart the statements of Eloise and myself and examine their veracity, and state their opinion as to who has the stronger position based on what they've reviewed.
After the final rebuttal is posted, the peer reviewers will weigh-in with concluding statements regarding the strengths / weaknesses of the debating positions, an encapsulation of their own thoughts on the issues raised here, and a mutual decision of whom they feel won the debate.
A visual idea of what the debate will look like:
K's Statement -> E's Rebut -> K's Rebut -> -> E's Rebut -> K's Rebut -> ->E's Rebut -> K's Rebut
-> Panel -> Panel -> Verdict
E's Statement -> K's Rebut -> E's Rebut -> -> K's Rebut -> E's Rebut -> ->K's Rebut -> E's Rebut
1.) The debate will be civil. No swearing or name-calling (this should prove far tougher for me than Eloise. )
2.) The debate is between Eloise and myself. Mods, is it possible to have this thread locked so that only Eloise, myself and the peer reviewers may talk in it? If not, I would simply really appreciate everyone's cooperation in being readers, and not just jumping-in (if you do, you'll be ignored).
3.) Neither party is to argue with the peer reviewers. For all intents and purposes, they will focus on their opponent, and under no circumstances bring what the peer reviewing body may have to say directly into the discussion.
Hamby or Deluded, would you mind starting us off with a coin toss? Heads will have Eloise posting her opening statement first, tails will have me posting mine first. That should be a fair way of arbitrating who posts first.
EDIT IN BY SAPIENT: I've created the "ONE on ONE debate" forum to make moderation duties more simply. Both Eloise and Kevin have been given a special role via our site to allow them to post in this forum. Only high level mods and RRS housemates have moderating or editing privs in this forum. That means that not even Kevin can currently mod this forum, it's on lockdown. So enjoy the show. Here is the peanut gallery thread. Feel free to spread the word about this discussion(digg, reddit, stumble, etc) , I know both parties to be both intellectual and civil.
"Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full."
- Leon Trotsky, Last Will & Testament
February 27, 1940