Theists often reach out to our Facebook page ‘The Dutch Atheist’ to criticize and ridicule what it is we do. We often get bombarded by cheap and weak remarks such as ‘how can you hate something that you don’t believe in, clearly shows that you do believe’ or ‘how can nothingness have created everything, it takes more faith to believe in the big bang than it does in god’. Only every now and then do we find ourselves debating a theist who is both intelligent and eloquent in defending his beliefs. This is certainly the case with James Bishop. Debating him is equally frustrating as it is a pleasure. James must have contributed us the same status as in the last week of August he reached out to us to invite us to a debate. James posed the idea to debate three topics: ‘does God exist?’, ‘is a belief in a god reasonable’ and ‘is there any evidence for the existence of a god’. We considered for a while and came to the conclusion that all the questions essentially came down to the latter and that we would be willing to debate that.
James Bishop has his own blog called ‘James Bishop’s Theology and Apologetics’ on which he writes about a wide variety of topics. He defends the existence of Jesus, tries to reconcile our knowledge of historical events with those described in the Bible (think of Genesis and Exodus stories) and opposes common atheistic arguments.
In our debate we will start with both posting our opening remarks on the question ‘Is there any evidence for the existence of a god?’. These are limited to 5000 words. James will post his on his blog, you can find ours below. We will examine each other’s remarks and respond with our rebuttal in a week, after which we will post our final conclusions. We hope this is the beginning of many such debates and look forward to what James has to say. So…: