Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dinesh D'souza VS Peter Singer Debate

Dinesh D'Souza debates Peter Singer at Biola University. They will address the topic of God’s existence and it’s meaning for human flourishing.

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A debate between well known Christian Apologists Dinesh D'souza and atheist Peter singer on a wide range of topics touching on God's existence problem of evil and suffering etc.

I must say i was very disappointed by dinesh's performance on this debate.Peter singer's arguments were nothing new.The classical arguments against God's existence.mainly focusing on the problem of evil.
Dinesh seemed not to have a proper grasp on the counter arguments of the problem of evil,and he did miserably in defending his position on the matter.

Dinesh did not even use the free will defense by alvin plantinga to properly argue against the problem of evil.Even at one time saying that he did not know why there is evil and suffering.

Peter singer in my own view,was ok.In fact he's a very "mild" atheist. But dinesh did not capitalize on the opportunity.Instead he opened his speech on a totally unrelated topic about the problems of atheism,the injustices of former atheists,and the dangers of eliminating religion from society.I agree with some of his points,but that was not the topic of discussion.The topic was on God's existence and he should have started off with arguments in support of this position first.

When the question time from the audience reached,D'souza answered well,but at times strayed off the topic of the questions asked.He sometimes had very long answers to the questions.

Peter singer,well,there is really nothing much i can say about him,he wasn't exceptional,he was not the crowd's favorite.Compared to very loud Christopher Hitchens,the vial spitting Richard dawkins and other prominent atheists,Peter singer was rather dull.

In conclusion,Peter Singer was more on point than Dinesh.Peter failed to account for the source of moraliy in an atheistic worldview.Dinesh failed to substatially mount good arguments for God's existence.

11 comments:

Frank said...

Hey nice article. I am a "fan" of Dinesh's work...I will make sure to check out that article, God bless.

Anonymous said...

And what would the real "free will defense" to the Problem of Evil look like?

Singer addressed the issues. The Problem of Evil remains fatal to the concept of the Christian God.

Tico said...

Just watched the debate and I think you've written a fair review of the event. I'd like to add a couple of points. Dinesh really came to this event trying to capitalise on points that he know he could score on given the background of the audience. I have to give him credit though, in his closing statement he rouses the audience to applaud him for a baseless rebuttal. Peter Singer highlighted the fact that within each religion the majority of its followers are due to the religious education they received from their parents.
That is a valid argument since it emphasises that it is more probable that faith works the same within each religion and does not consist of supernatural guidance. It undermines the plausability of one religion being superior over another, an indispensable ingredient of Christianity and monotheistic religions in general. Dinesh didn't even come close to answering that and I doubt that was because he didn't grasp what Peter Singer was getting at.

In conclusion whereas Peter Singer always was to the point, Dinesh's agenda was scoring cheap shots and gaining the favour of the audience. Looking from an ethical point of view at the debate, Peter Singer behaved much more as a Christian than Dinesh.

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The debate is a topic for this chat and manifest itself logica.Lo bad it is a dead end because everything that is said for or against is not based on solid arguments but abstract and based on faith.

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