We talk about whether we think (formal) debates are useful. Gabe says no, because they do a poor job of informing the audience and skilled debaters rely on psychological tricks rather than advancing good arguments and evidence. Erik says yes, because they are entertaining and stir up the public’s interest in the area.
Regrettably, Erik did not prepare for the debate, and lost.
Dig a bit deeper:
- Debate between William Lane Craig and Christopher Hitchens (2009)
- Debate involving Hitchens and Fry vs some Catholics
Do you think formal debates do more harm than good? Are they more educational or entertaining? What is your favorite formal debate? Each side will get five minutes of opening remarks in the comment section below!