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Wallstreetatheist
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10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Islam
Christianity
Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law
Science
etc.
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10/19/2012 9:33:57 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence

WLC

Islam
Christianity

WLC

Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law

Define "law". John Lott often debates about conceal carry laws.

Science
etc.
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10/19/2012 12:45:49 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence

- Richard Dawkins
- Sam Harris
- William Lane Craig
- John Lennox

Islam

- Zakir Naik

Christianity

- William Lane Craig
- John Lennox
- Dinesh D'Souza

Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law
Science
etc.
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Nur-Ab-Sal
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10/19/2012 12:47:30 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 12:45:49 PM, Nur-Ab-Sal wrote:
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence

- Richard Dawkins
- Sam Harris
- William Lane Craig
- John Lennox
- Michael Shermer

Islam

- Zakir Naik

Christianity

- William Lane Craig
- John Lennox
- Dinesh D'Souza

Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law
Science
etc.
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10/19/2012 5:05:59 PM
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At 10/19/2012 4:16:57 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Are there any famous Liberal debaters?

Debaters? Don't know of any. I know of several liberal pundits though.
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10/19/2012 5:09:11 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Islam
Christianity
Judaism

Mr. Fallacy
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10/19/2012 5:09:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Ravi Zacharias
Islam
Christianity
Doctor Phil Fernandes
Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law
Science
etc.
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10/19/2012 6:02:15 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Islam
Christianity
Catholicism

Tim Staples (I suppose)

Judaism
Guns
Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Law
Science
etc.
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10/19/2012 7:28:47 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 4:16:57 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Are there any famous Liberal debaters?

Robert Reich is probably one.
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"Americans are better off in a dynamic, free-enterprise-based economy that fosters economic growth, opportunity and upward mobility." - Paul Ryan
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10/20/2012 12:36:52 AM
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At 10/19/2012 11:44:13 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are the best debaters on the abortion issue?

Peter Singer, though I'm not sure if he does formal debates on it and if so to what extent.
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10/20/2012 6:59:46 AM
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Is this only good debaters? Because one can cite the numerous Conservative hacks (de Souza) who are well known for their debates. Also, are we talking about American debates? For one can include Blair, Cameron, Milibands, Thatcher, and many MPs and Cabinet Members of Britain to that list.
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10/20/2012 7:05:15 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/20/2012 12:36:52 AM, jat93 wrote:
At 10/19/2012 11:44:13 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
What are the best debaters on the abortion issue?

Peter Singer, though I'm not sure if he does formal debates on it and if so to what extent.

He did a large series of them in Germany, however many people usually turn up, shout at him for his ideas regarding euthanasia (without understanding what he says) and rights (again without understanding what he says) and then gets shut down.

His preface and appendix in Practical Ethics goes over this.

However, Singer is the best for Animal Rights and Euthanasia and Abortion all three, due to his stance on ethics in general. I'd plea to that as him being there the best debater.
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10/20/2012 7:19:17 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/20/2012 6:59:46 AM, Stephen_Hawkins wrote:
Is this only good debaters? Because one can cite the numerous Conservative hacks (de Souza) who are well known for their debates. Also, are we talking about American debates? For one can include Blair, Cameron, Milibands, Thatcher, and many MPs and Cabinet Members of Britain to that list.

I mentioned D'Souza, but I like him.
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10/20/2012 9:48:28 AM
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There aren't many lengthy debates these days, so there is not a lot of data to judge.

For American conservative politics, I'd say Charles Krauthammer is the best. George Will is very good.

Among politicians, when Newt Gingrich is at his best he's unbeatable -- but he isn't consistently at his best.

In days of yore, William Buckley had a long-running debate program called Firing Line on public television. Buckley was brilliant, and he got the very best liberal debaters to oppose him. There are videos floating around from that series. We have nothing up to those standards today.
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10/20/2012 11:47:20 AM
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Christianity: William Lane Craig.

Islam: Shabir Ally for philosophical and well-structured arguments on the existence of God and the truth of Islam. Zakir Naik for great question/answer sessions. (He has a very logical mind, but can often be too dismissive of counter-arguments.) Hamzah Tzortzis, same as Shabir Ally.
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10/20/2012 12:03:01 PM
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At 10/20/2012 9:48:28 AM, RoyLatham wrote:
Among politicians, when Newt Gingrich is at his best he's unbeatable -- but he isn't consistently at his best.
I wish to add someone alongside this: John Sununu. I've read that he has one of the highest IQ's in the world, and I could sense his extraordinary intellect when watching some of his discussion. I think he'd be able to beat out almost anyone in a political debate.
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10/20/2012 12:20:27 PM
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Molyneux has done some pretty good debates on anarchism.
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10/20/2012 12:51:31 PM
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10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,
William Lane Craig,
Islam
(see above excluding Craig)
Christianity
(see above)
Judaism
(see above)
Guns
Wayne LaPierre
Rebecca Peters

Prostitution
Foreign Policy
Hitchens,
Chomsky,

Libertarianism
Republicanism (modern)
Liberalism (modern)
Economics
Chomsky,
Robert Reich,
Hitchens,
David Harvey,
Naomi Klein,
Joseph Stiglitz,
Law
Edward Greenspan,
Brian Greenspan,
Pierre Trudeau,

Science
Neil Tyson Degrasse,
Carl Sagan,
Bill Nye,

etc.

One well noted Canadian with unmatchable 'rhetoric' for the beginnings of the conservatives is John Diefenbaker I highly recommend looking him up too.
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10/20/2012 2:56:44 PM
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10/20/2012 3:00:43 PM
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At 10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM, TheHitchslap wrote:
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,
William Lane Craig,
Islam
(see above excluding Craig)
This must be the joke of the thread. You hopefully don't believe that any of the above have the slightest clue about Islamic philosophy, do you?
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10/20/2012 3:05:07 PM
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At 10/20/2012 3:00:43 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM, TheHitchslap wrote:
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,
William Lane Craig,
Islam
(see above excluding Craig)
This must be the joke of the thread. You hopefully don't believe that any of the above have the slightest clue about Islamic philosophy, do you?

Hitchens knows more about Islam than most muslims do....
He's been to those countries, studied the Sharia, Qu'ran, Hedeith, etc...
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10/20/2012 3:16:58 PM
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Noam Chomsky
Ron Paul
Jesse Ventura
Mitt Romney
William Lane Craig
Bill O'Reilly
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10/20/2012 3:56:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/19/2012 4:16:57 PM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Are there any famous Liberal debaters?

James Carville
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10/20/2012 5:41:16 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/20/2012 3:00:43 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM, TheHitchslap wrote:
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,
William Lane Craig,
Islam
(see above excluding Craig)
This must be the joke of the thread. You hopefully don't believe that any of the above have the slightest clue about Islamic philosophy, do you?

Hitchens and Harris do, Dawkins knows basic stuff about the Quran and Islamic history but that's simply because he's primarily a scientist so he's not the kind of person to delve into Islamic philosophy and culture, like both Hitchens and Harris undoubtedly have
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10/20/2012 6:12:40 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM, TheHitchslap wrote:
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,

Ha, I'm pretty sure the title says "living" debaters
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10/20/2012 6:14:48 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 10/20/2012 2:51:10 PM, TheHitchslap wrote:
At 10/19/2012 9:27:59 AM, Wallstreetatheist wrote:
Who are some of the most famous debaters on every issue?

Including...
God's Existence
Sam Harris,
Richard Dawkins,
Christopher Hitchens,
William Lane Craig,
Islam
(see above excluding Craig)

And I'm sure Craig's researched Islamic philosophy more so than any of the New Atheists you listed...
Genesis I. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them.