Naturalism vs. Theism debate (Lowder vs. Fernandes)

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Jeffery Jay Lowder just passed on a link to a free copy of one of his debates to the Squad.


On September 26, 1999 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jeffery Jay Lowder, President of Internet Infidels, Inc., and Phil Fernandes, President of the Institute of Biblical Defense, discussed the following important issues:

  • Why does the universe exist? Where did it come from?
  • What is the origin of living things?
  • Is morality objective? What can morality tell us about the existence of God?
  • Is there a meaning of life?
  • Is there an afterlife?
  • Is evil evidence against the existence of God?
  • Why is God silent in the face of tragedies?
  • Why are there so many different religions in the world?
  • Why isn't there better evidence for the existence of God?

The debate was skillfully moderated by Dr. Doug Jesseph, Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University.

Praise for the Lowder-Fernandes Debate:

"I thought [Lowder] did a terrific job. I'm not as impressed as [he is] by [some of his arguments], but I thought [he] presented them very well. ... [Lowder's] rebuttals were masterful. [His] opponent never knew what had hit him. ... Throughout, [Lowder was] clear, spoke right to the point, and [was] right on top of the argument throughout the debate." -- Wes Morriston, Christian and Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Wonderful debate! Fernandes articulated many informed and powerful arguments for theism . . . and Lowder methodically dismantled them all. Fernandes put up a cordial and conversant fight, but only managed to stab at half
of Lowder's well-reasoned arguments for naturalism, which Lowder defended deftly and equally cordially. After watching this event, no one will be able to say that naturalism has no case -- or that it lacks a good defender."
-- Dan Barker, Public Relations
Director, Freedom From Religion Foundation

"Jeffery Jay Lowder and Dr. Phil Fernandes set a high standard for debates between theists and non-theists. The debaters presented arguments commmanding the respect of scholars but accessible to the layman, engaging the concern felt by people on both sides of the question of God's existence. Equally important, each treated his opponent with consummate courtesy, creating an atmosphere of genuine cordiality not only between themselves, but with the audience." -- Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy, Southeastern Lousiana University