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There Are Good Secular Reasons to Disallow Same-Sex Marriage

Contradiction
HonestDiscussioner

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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211 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Atheism is the default position.

qopel
KRFournier

For this debate, it must be accepted that the definition of Atheism is "The Lack of the Belief in a God"....

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211 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Evolution does NOT preclude Christianity

Avalanche
Avamys

Topic:Evolution does NOT preclude ChristianityAs I'm on the Pro side of the debate, I will argue that evolution as scientific fact doesn't invalidate anything about Christianity.Definitions:Christianity: The monotheistic religion based on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. A Christian follows the teachings of Jesus. For the purposes of this debate, we should put denominatio...

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210 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

God is a logical impossibility

000ike
thett3

This is designed to be a quick and straightforward debate. God: The divine author of all things; the creator of the universe and the laws thereof. An omniscient, and omnipotent being. At no point can this definition be questioned or altered by either side in the course of this debate. 5000 character limit, Round 1 is for acceptance. ...

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205 Comments
Updated 2 Years Ago

Resolved: Hitler vs Justin Bieber

imabench
YYW

After doing thorough research I have failed to find a single debate that addresses the issue of who is more evil, Hitler or Justin Bieber? This is an issue that millions of people ask themselves every day, and it is apalling that this topic has not been debated here on DDO. After making this discovery I realized that as the head troll of the site it is my sworn duty to bring this legendary debate ready to happen into fruition, and I will be...

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205 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

Convert Me

Cerebral_Narcissist
Mirza

Though the instigator normally bears the burden of proof by taking this debate my opponent accepts the burden of proof. The Rules. 1: My opponent as Pro is to make a case for the truth of their religion. 2: I as Con am to critically examine this case and attempt to test it to destruction. 3: Pro's case must consist of one or more of the following. An argument of logic/science, a test or experiment that can be recreated or performed by a non-believer or actual physical evidence (scientific...

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202 Comments
Updated 4 Years Ago

Violence in video games does not significantly contribute to real world violence.

debatability
Wylted

Wylted and I will be debating this topic.DefinitionsSignificantly- in a way that is relevant or has an important effect on somethingObservationsThis debate is about the impact of violence in video games, not about the impact of video games themselves. I am looking forward to a great debate!!...

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201 Comments
Updated 4 Months Ago

The Cause of the Universe is Plausibly Personal if the KCA is True

Apeiron
Illegalcombatant

DefinitionsFirst Cause: The aggregate of all first causesIntroductionsI thank Illegalcombatant (Con hereafter) for his willingness to debate this topic. This debate will concern the content discussed in this forum over the last couple of posts,

200 Comments
Updated 1 Year Ago

The Resurrection of Jesus meets the criteria of historicity

Bible-Defender
CosmicAlfonzo

I believe that the Resurrection of Jesus is a historical event that probably happened. It is impossible to reach 100% certainty. However, that should not detract from the discussion since that is the way it is in all of history. One can only prove what probably happened. The historical methodology used to ascertain whether something is to be considered a historical fact is the same that secular historians use, is whether the reasons for accepting it outweighs the reasons for rejecting it....

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198 Comments
Updated 3 Years Ago

Does God exist?

Toviyah
Envisage

Thanks Envisage for accepting this debate. First round for acceptance I'm pro, Envisage will be Con. BOP is on me. 'God' is the Deistic concept of God. (Creator, transcendent, powerful) Enjoy!...

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196 Comments
Updated 5 Months Ago