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How can I turn down an invitation to participate in an apologetics debate?




Full Question

I’m in college and have been defending my Catholic faith to an acquaintance, who is a strong fundamentalist on campus. Through an e-mail conversation last week, I have explained, with Scripture backup, some Catholic issues he opposes. Now my opponent asks for a face-to-face debate. It this a prudent way to do apologetics? How can I turn down the debate and not be the “loser”?

Answer

Not everyone has the gift of thinking fast on one’s feet. This in no way means that one’s position is weak or fallacious. If you are not experienced in debate, tell him so and that the truth can be well expressed by means of e-mail—or is he afraid of letting the facts speak for themselves?





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  1. Tom Rafferty Reply

    ” – – – the truth can be well expressed by means of e-mail—or is he afraid of letting the facts speak for themselves?”

    I would be glad to speak the truth to BOTH of them in an email debate, or anyone else, for that matter.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “I have explained, with Scripture backup, some Catholic issues he opposes…”
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    You’ve already lost. Catholics don’t depend on scripture. They depend on convoluted reasoning wrapped around Vatican authority. You can’t debate Catholic dogma and doctrine with the bible and expect to win. The fundy will wipe the floor with you. Debating face to face without the ability to spew paragraphs of convoluted, circular reasoning, and drawing upon ancient quotes from obscure from apocrypha and early church theologians, will put you at a distinct disadvantage in debating a fundy who knows the bible. and for whom the Vatican authority is meaningless at best, and evil at worst.
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    Stick with Email, where you can cut and paste the approved Catholic responses. But you’re wasting your time. Unless you can prove to the fundy that the Vatican is the one true authority, then you’re just thrashing around going nowhere.

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