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Knights of Contention: Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer

Tonight, Feb 22nd, at 9:30 p.m. CST we will host our next semi-regular “Knights of Contention” online discussion using voice, video, and chat.

The topic: The 5 Challenges Apologetics Can’t Answer.

Due to the wide scope, this conversation can go anywhere. I have summarized the 5 challenges below with links to each of the 3 parts in which I have detailed them.

To learn more about the “Knights of Contention” click here.

Direct link to the discussion: http://connectpro58388802.na5.acrobat.com/knightcon/

5 Challenges, with summaries

What they all have in common: the belief, or acting as though one believes, that Christianity isn’t actually real. It’s just one’s private faith. No correspondence to reality exists, or is expected. ‘Apologetics’ can’t answer them because they have more to do with attitude or obedience than facts and evidence.

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PZ Myers Should be Fired for Labeling Aborted Babies as ‘Meat’: A Debate

Tomorrow night, Tuesday Feb 1st, for our next Knights of Contention, we will debate the following proposition: PZ Myers Should be Fired!

Click here for information about past Knights of Contention.

His latest incendiary remarks involve dismissing unborn children (he calls them fetuses) as mere ‘meat’ that practical, scientific minded individuals are indifferent to. He also made news for his over the top, foaming at the mouth mockery of the Catholic faith regarding the elements of the eucharist smuggled out by what appeared to be a budding atheist activist. PZ Myer’s frequently visited blog is permeated with crude, rude, crass and sometimes positively fascistic ravings. Oh, and by the way he is professor at the University of Minnesota.

So, the issues to be debated are: Are there limits to academic freedom? Does a person or institution supported by the public dime have an obligation to show a modicum of respect to the public it allegedly serves? Does the public have the right to speak to the values they want their public institutions to transmit- or not? (PZ and his defenders are likely to manifest great hypocrisy on this point and others since they have no problem actively fighting and denouncing proponents of Intelligent Design and Creationism.)

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Tonight’s Knights of Contention: Are Lutherans Christian? What about Catholics, Baptists, and Cats?

Tonight, Nov. 9 2011, I’ll be hosting our third “Knights of Contention” real time streaming audio/visual debate. Direct link to the ‘debate hall.’

There is no requirement that you actually speak. You will want speakers to hear any conversation. You will want a microphone if you want to dialog via voice. A webcam is ok, too, but not required.

Tonight’s topic: Just what is a Christian? Are Lutherans Christian? Are Catholics Christian? What about Baptists, atheists, or cats?

This will be the initial topic but its pretty fluid and informal and who knows where we’ll end up.

Previous Knights of Contention posts can be found browsing the archive of this blog.

For further reading on how I will be approaching this topic, you may consider these blog entries of old:

Christians United on Core Beliefs

Defining ‘Christianity’ Propositionally

I will be alluding to Bertrand Russell to begin with (as I did in the propositionally blog entry above) and his essay, “Why I am Not a Christian.”

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Knights of Contention, Episode 3

Not too long ago, I began hosting what I hope will be bi-weekly open discussions via chat/voice. Another one is coming up. Tuesday, Nov 9th, at 9:30 p.m. CST.

The topic has not yet been decided. Last time we debated whether or not we should exterminate the human race. And if that would be wrong. heh heh

Here is the direct link to the conference ‘room’ where the conversation will take place. I’ll be in there in the evening to help people with technical problems and the like. Direct Link: Knights of Contention

If you want a reminder, drop a comment here or email me at sntjohnny@sntjohnny.com and request it.

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