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Stick to Your Guns

posted Jun 13, 2012, 3:04 PM by Anthony Severin
This is a continuation from my post yesterday, so if you haven't read that yet, you should check it out.

Whenever I checked the message board yesterday evening, as expected, I had a chorus of responses. Most of them attempted to show a false analogy between the belief in gravity and the belief in God. For instance, one may not know what gravity is, but even a simple experiment (like dropping a rock on your foot) shows that it exists. Based on this, one poster challenged me to point him to a "similarly immediate, compelling demonstration of the supposed fact of God's existence." The poster wanted me to get into a debate about proving God's existence. Knowing that such a debate would likely not be productive, I provided an alternate response:

Take our existence. If there is a possibility that we do not understand it in it's entirety (and I think we can all agree that we don't), then it is possible that it could be an effect of God; an obvious, immediate, and compelling one, at that. Note that this statement by no means proves God's existence-- but it does prove the possibility thereof.

Once you dodge a bullet, don't run right into the next one. I see a lot of debaters neatly dodge a cross-ex question, then, after receiving the follow-up, either get stuck fumbling for an answer or become even more evasive. Neither is an optimal response: you want to stick to your guns, say what you need to say. Speak the truth that you want the audience to hear every time, and you'll be seen as consistent, honest, and credible. The challenge is to figure out a way to say the same thing with different support.

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