I have much to say about last night’s debate I participated in concerning the existence of God but those comments will come later. We asked those in attendance (at least 400) to use the #LUGODdebate hashtag if they decided to live-tweet the debate. I’ve taken screen shots of the hashtag’s feed from the beginning of the debate until now (lunchtime Friday). Most of those tweeting were Liberty students but you’ll be able to gauge the atmosphere of the debate and the performances. My Twitter handle is @maxeoa (just an FYI if you spot it in the feed). The feed is in order from the most recent uses to to the earliest uses.
I can now announce that on Thursday, March 28 from 7.30-9p I will be engaging in a debate with Dan Linford from Virginia Tech on the debate topic, “Does God Exist?” Dan is in the philosophy PhD program at VT. He and I debated each other last year (in partnership with Josh Nixon and Beau Bradley). Last year we debated at VT, and this year we will be debate on the campus of Liberty University.
The precise location has yet to be determined but it’s currently scheduled to be in DeMoss 1113. That room holds about 300 but from initial surveys I suspect we may need to find a larger room. We currently plan on having the debate filmed so we should have it available online sometime afterwards. I’m hoping to find a way to stream the debate online. If anyone knows how we can do that please let me know. I’ll be using #LUGODdebate as the Twitter hashtag (@maxeoa). This will help gather interactive thoughts from attendees after the debate. More information will be shared as time gets closer.
- Moderator Introductions
- 17 minutes opening (Max—affirmative)
- 17 minutes opening (Dan—negative)
- 7 minutes rebuttal (Max)
- 7 minutes rebuttal (Dan)
- 10 minutes cross-examination (Max asks Dan questions)
- 10 minutes cross-examination (Dan asks Max questions)
- 5 minutes closing statement (Max)
- 5 minutes closing statement (Dan)
- 20 minutes of Q&A
- Total of 78 minutes of debate and 20 minutes of Q&A
This was a debate on March 21, 2012 at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA. It was sponsored by the Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, Leopard Zeus Fan Club, Ask Big Questions at Virginia Tech, and the Department of Philosophy at Liberty University.
- Max Andrews, Department of Philosophy Liberty University
- Josh Nixon, Virginia Tech
- Dan Linford, Virginia Tech
- Beau Bradley, Virginia Tech
I’m sure most of you are aware of the controversy several students in the student body have raised concerning Liberty’s selection of Mitt Romney as the Commencement speaker this year. This controversy has even been picked up by the Religion blog at CNN. (Previous notables like Ben Stein, Sean Hannity, Newt Gingrich, and Ted Kennedy have spoken on campus before and were not Evangelicals). I’m not commenting on anything about the situation other than I simply don’t care if Romney speaks or not. Jerry sent out an email to the student body today and here’s what it says:
The following is a guest blog post by Shoshana. She is an art communications major at Liberty University. Her interests include literature, history, and botany. In her spare time, she enjoys watercolor painting, gardening, and reading fiction.
I am a Catholic student at Liberty University. I am in my sophomore year studying studio art: painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. I very much enjoy my major and Liberty as a whole. I was raised Baptist. When I was eight years old my family entered the Catholic Church. My brother and I decided we wanted to stay at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA–the private Baptist school we had attended since kindergarten) rather than leave our friends and go to a Catholic school. There were times in high school when I regretted my decision to stay at LCA. I had a lot of friends, but none of them understood what I believed. My teachers were all great people, but all of them thought they knew what I as a Catholic believed and were often completely wrong. I cannot recount all the kindly and patiently uttered anti-Catholic speeches I endured, the many unconscious slights against Catholicism, and the few not-so-innocent remarks. One girl in my history class verbally attacked me because I “worshipped Mary”. I wish I had a dime for every time that untruth came up. Instead of asking me what I believed and taking time to listen, this girl assumed that she already knew all of my beliefs. Yet what she “knew” was based on hearsay. This is perhaps to be overlooked in a teenager, but when the offender was a teacher, he or she needed to be aware that “bearing false witness” (i.e., telling the class that Catholics believe something which they do not believe) is an offense in God’s eyes. In high school I had a teacher who told me it was his goal to convert me to Protestantism before the year was over. I found that insulting. I was a Christian just as he was (as Dr. Jerry Falwell always said, “Catholics are Christians!”).
Guest Blog Post by Joshua W. Anderson (joshuaanderson<at>fuller.edu)
What if I told you it’s possible to get a free theological education online? It’s well known that one can get a degree online these days; more and more schools are making their courses available on “virtual campuses.” They include the same lectures you would hear in the classroom—just recorded and posted online. Applying for school online has become a viable option, especially for those whose current walk in life makes them unwilling or unable to move across country to be on campus.
But let’s say you don’t want to actually enroll in a program and dish out the money for a degree. (Maybe you already have another degree, or are in the workforce, or ministry). Can you still get a theological education for free? You sure can: many Christian colleges and seminaries have posted classes to download for free on iTunes U. So much so, you can build your own curriculum rivaling the amount of classroom time it would take to actually go to school. At the end of your studies you won’t get a piece of paper to hang on the wall and show your friends, but you will learn a lot that God will be able to use for your ministry.
If you’re feeling led to do this, I’d recommend downloading a flash card program like Anki http://ankisrs.net/ and building flash card decks full of only the information you hear in the lectures you want to stick in your brain. Don’t go crazy building a huge deck of cards you’ll feel overwhelmed with; just put stuff on there you actually want to be able to quote off the top of your head. Then incorporate a daily (or weekly) time of study into your life. Just listen to a lecture (taking notes or adding info to your Anki deck), and then go over your flashcards again for the day. Anki is really cool because it’s designed upon an algorithm that works with the way we learn—so you only have to designate a set amount of time you want to study each day and over time you will master large amounts of material.
The time is going to pass either way: a year from now either you will have absorbed the equivalent of a master’s degree of knowledge, or not. I’m just telling you that you can do it for free!
Check out the links below for schools that have courses online, and my own ideas for putting together a curriculum.
God bless you in your studies.
Fuller Theological Seminary:
Reformed Theological Seminary:
Dallas Theological Seminary:
Westminster Theological Seminary:
History of Christianity I (Reformed Theological Seminary)
History of Christianity II (Reformed Theological Seminary)
History I (Reformed Theological Seminary)
History II (Reformed Theological Seminary)
History of the Christian Church I (Liberty University)
History of the Christian Church II (Liberty University)
Ancient and Medieval Church History (Covenant Theological Seminary)
Christian Philosophy and Apologetics:
Critical Reasoning for Beginners (Oxford University)
Ethics for Complete Beginners (Oxford University)
History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (Reformed Theological Seminary)
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Notre Dame)
Defenders Class by William Lane Craig (ReasonableFaith.org)
Apologetics and Outreach (Covenant Theological Seminary)
Introduction to Apologetics (Liberty University)
Christian Apologetics as Taught by Ronald Nash (Reformed Theological Seminary)
Christian Apologetics as Taught by John Frame (Reformed Theological Seminary)
History and Nature of Apologetics (Westminster Theological Seminary)
Hermeneutics and Exegesis:
Biblical Hermeneutics (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Bible Study Methods (Dallas Theological Seminary)
Biblical Hermeneutics (Concordia Seminary)
The Gospels as Histories taught by Richard Bauckham (Reformed Theological Seminary)
The Pentateuch (Fuller Theological Seminary)
The Prophets (Fuller Theological Seminary)
The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (Daniel Wallace)
Basics of Biblical Hebrew (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary)
Elementary Hebrew (Concordia Seminary)
Elementary Greek (Concordia Seminary)
Elements of Greek I (Dallas Theological Seminary)
Elements of Greek II (Dallas Theological Seminary)
Preaching and Homiletics:
Overcoming Public Speaking Anxiety (UC Davis)
Expository Preaching I (Dallas Theological Seminary)
Homiletics II (Concordia Seminary)
Systematic Theology as Taught by Wayne Grudem
Intro to Theology (Dallas Theological Seminary)
Some Notable Secular Institutions and Courses:
Philosophy of Mind as Taught by John Searle (UC Berkley)
Science and Religion Lectures (Cambridge University)
I stuck with only links through iTunes U (except for William Lane Craig’s Defender’s class, and Dan Wallace’s material, because I couldn’t resist) but obviously you don’t have to limit yourself to this; there are also awesome podcasts that you could learn from that are not affiliated with a Christian university. Just go for it!