There Are Good Secular Reasons to Disallow Same-Sex Marriage

Contradiction

HonestDiscussioner and I have agreed on terms. I will launch immediately into my opening statement.~The state regulates marriage for a reason. It dispenses benefits for a reason. Understanding what this reason is will tell us what criteria are and are not relevant to marriage, and thus whether any rights are being denied. If the state excludes same-sex couples from entering into legal marriages on the basis of criteria relevant to the public purpose of marri...

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The Problem of Hell Redux (2)

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KeytarHero

I thank KeytarHero for agreeing to debate this with me. IntroductionI have already done two debates on this subject but I hope to tackle this issue yet again. [1][2]To reiterate, my position is that the existence of hell - conceived of as eternal, conscious torment (e.g. the "traditional" doctrine of hell) - is, in all likelihood, incompatible with the existence of a God who is concei...

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The Teleological Argument is a sound argument for the existence of God.

KeytarHero

I wish to challenge Mestari to a debate on the Teleological Argument. As two Theists, the purpose of this debate is not to show whether or not the existence of God is probably, but simply to show whether or not the Teleological Argument (i.e. the argument from design) is a sound argument for God's existence.The form of the argument I will be defending is as follows:1) The universe resulted either from design or from chance.2) It...

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Bioshock is a work of art

FourTrouble

Bioshock is a survival horror first-person shooter video game designed by Ken Levine and developed by 2k Boston. The game plays off of Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged: led by Andrew Ryan, industrialists, artists, and scientists have retreated from the world and built Rapture, a dystopian city at the bottom of the Atlantic. When the game begins, however, the city and its citizens have been c...

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There are no good reasons to think theism is true

unitedandy

DefinitionsTheism - By theism, I mean the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, wholly good, personal being who created the universe, and is (to a greater or lesser extent) active within the universe.The ResolutionIn my first round, I will present an argument to try and establish that no such being exists. I'll leave it to...

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Pro Life Advocates Present Plan to Eliminate Abortion is Failing!

HistoryNotHisStory

Pro-Lifers make it an issue to determine whether or not an elected official is Pro-Life or Pro-Choice. The reality is that it does not matter who gets voted into office. In the Eighties, Ronald "Pro-Life" Reagan could not reverse Roe Vs. Wade. George H. Bush and George W. Bush made no impact on Roe Vs. Wade. If Pro-Lifers think that electing Pro-Lifers to an elected office will change Roe vs. Wade, their campaign is doomed. The Supreme Court made the Decision and the President of the Unit...

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Video Games is Ruining Society

rsgather

The argument shall go as follows: 1. Intro (No argument points to be brought up this round) 2. Body/Main Case 3. Cross Examination 4. Conclusion I will be arguing that video games is ruining the people of today....

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The USFG should reinstate and substantially fund the Constellation program.

willyxiao

3 Reasons: 1. Space development - The private sector is not willing to take the risk that the federal government is willing to take. Thus, the status quo hinders the further development of cost-effective launch vehicles and space exploration. We are utterly defenseless against many problems on our planet including warming, resource scarcity, and wars. Only by expanding to space can we continue to our existence. (For a good article on this search Collins and Autino 2010). Constellation all...

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Abortion

Deathbeforedishonour

I propose that we debate abortion. First round is for acceptance. Defintions and arguments will be in later rounds....

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the Naturalist has better reason for the assumption that nature is uniform then the Christian

Meatros

This is the second time I've attempted to debate this topic. The first one kind of fizzled. I will be arguing that the naturalist has better reason for the assuming that nature is uniform then the Christian.The debate is structured as follows:1. Acceptance (no arguments)2. Opening Statements (Pro's and Con's)3. Rebuttal4. Closing statements...

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