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In a theist vs atheist debate, the former has the burden of proof.

dylancatlow
RationalMadman

I will be supporting the notion that in any theist vs atheist debate (religious vs non-religion) debate, people supporting theism have the burden of proof. Definitions:Theism : Belief in the existence of a god or gods, esp. belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creaturesAtheism: The theory or belief that God does not exist.Debate: A formal discussion on a particular topi...

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Updated 1 Year Ago

Resolved: Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs) confirm common ancestry (evidence for evolution)

mecap
GodSands

Resolution: Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs) confirm common ancestry (which is evidence for evolution). Definition: "Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are retroviruses derived from ancient infections of germ cells in humans, mammals and other vertebrates; as such their proviruses are passed on to the next generation and now remain in the genome. Retroviruses are viruses that reverse-transcribe their RNA into DNA for integration into the host's genome."(1) Proposition 1. Humans and Chimpanzees s...

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142 Comments
Updated 5 Years Ago

There exists a scientific miracle in the Qur'an

NiqashMotawadi3
LoopsEye

Due to the nature of the debate, the burden of proof is solely on my opponent. I take the Con position as an agnostic on the issue. That is to say, my opponent has to provide only one scientific miracle in the Qur'an, and I have to disprove it effectively.Scientific miracle: Accurate scientific knowledge revealed in the Qur'anic verses even though it was not present in that a...

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Updated 6 Months Ago

WTC 7 was a controlled demolition

TOMlive
RoyLatham

I am here to scientifically prove the world trade center seven was a controlled demolition. Here are the forces that destroy buildings; Fires Controlled demolition earthquake or an explosion http://www.ae911truth.org/ppt_web/2hour/slideshow.php?i=25 A typical controlled demolition has several characteristics 1. A sudden onset of destruction at base of structure 2. strait down, symmetrical collapse into footprint 3. Demolition waves remove column support 4. Free-fall speed...

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Updated 4 Years Ago

Atheism is a Religion

Illegalcombatant
medic0506

medic0506 has said recently a few times that "atheism is a religion". Now this has being said by medic in forums with some arguments/claims to go with it. I have not being impressed. But such is the nature of forum threads is that they usually have a lower standard of rigor than debates, as among other things debates tend to keep the subject in focus and is harder to derail and more time can be spent on the arguments and counter arguments. As such I would like medic to enlighten us all as...

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141 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

We should take action against Global Warming

Derek.Gunn
HandsOff

There is clear evidence that the world is warming. There is no reason to believe it won't continue warming. This will be disastrous for many people and other species in the world. Therefore it is hypocritical and unethical not to act against it....

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140 Comments
Updated 5 Years Ago

Islam is a religion of terror

Zarroette
donald.keller

Islam is a religion of terror Hello, Donald. We both know exactly why I’ve proposed this debate. If you accept, I will retract my comments about you being a coward. Of course, if you don’t, my comments will stand. It’s your choice, choose carefull...

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139 Comments
Updated 1 Month Ago

Capitalism

jimtimmy
unitedandy

I argue that Capitalism has brought prosperity and freedom to Millions. Capitalism has, again and again, proven to be a successful system. It brings increased prosperity to all classes, from top to bottom. If you look accross the world's nations, you can see how successful Capitalism is. The nations with Free Markets, Lower Taxes, Lower Spending, and more Stable Monetary Base are the most successful. I don't just argue that capitalism is more successful than Socialism, but I also argue...

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138 Comments
Updated 2 Years Ago

The US Constitution Legislates Morality

wrichcirw
DanT

I am curious to see how anyone can argue that any law does not legislate morality. To this end, I made the statement that the Constitution legislates morality, a point to which CON contested.Resolution:The US Constitution Legislates Morality(i.e., the purpose of the Constitution is to legislate morality - obviously the...

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137 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Scientific Evidence Supports the Theory of Evolution

Muted
Wnope

This is in response to "Wnope"s Evolution Corner" http://debate.org/forums/religion/topic/26562/, where he has made the claim that creationists wet their pants when presented with the "actual math." As such, I want to see what Wnope is really made of and sent this challenge. The last debate he had was made solely to gain voting rights. For this debate, Definitions: Scientific evidence : Data gained through the scientific method, which can be summarized as "testable, repeatable, falsifia...

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137 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago