Online Debates


This page records online debates that I have conducted with various people.

Some of these debates are available on a Zipped Debates File

Roger Steer, has written an open letter to Richard Dawkins, in a book called 'Letter To An Iinfluential Atheist' This informal discussion will cover some of the subjects in the book.

Mr. Steer's web site is at Roger Steer

Roger Steer

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Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Roger Steer's Response

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Debate on the Problem of Evil

Peter S. Williams

Peter S. Williams (26), is the author of 'The Case for God' (Monarch, 1999), and the full time 'Student Assistant' at Holy Trinity Church Leicester. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff (BA), Sheffield (MA) and the University of East Anglia (MPhil).

This debate is scheduled for April 2001 onwards.

The format is of four emails of about 3,000 words. The subject is 'Do angels such as Gabriel, Michael and Satan exist?'

Peter Williams Opening Statement

Steven Carr's First Response

Peter Williams's First Response

Steven Carr's First Response

Peter William's Second Response

Peter William's Final Response

The Reverend Dr. David Wilkinson

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Dr David Wilkinson , Associate Director, St John's College Fellow in Christian Apologetics .joined the Centre on September 1st, 1999.

Dr. Wilkinson received his PhD in Theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Durham in 1987 and his MA in Theology from the University of Cambridge in 1989. He then pursued ministerial training at Wesley House, Cambridge. Dr. Wilkinson has until recently, been Chaplain at Liverpool University. He is an Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a holder of the Humility Theology Prize given by the John Templeton Foundation

This debate is scheduled for April 2000 onwards.

The format is of four emails each. The first opening statement is a 2,000 word or so introductory email, followed by three further emails of about 5,000 words.

Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Dr. Wilkinson's Opening Statement

Dr.Wilkinson's First Response

Steven Carr's First Response

Dr. Wilkinson's Second Response

Steven Carr's Final Response

Dr. Wilkinson's Final Response

Dr. Paul Marston

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Dr. Marston studied economics, philosophy, and statistical and scientific methodology at London University's L.S.E. where his tutors included Karl Popper, Imre Lakatos and Paul Feyerabend. He completed a London Masters degrees in statistical theory and one in the history and philosophy of science. His PhD concerned interactions between science (geology), scientific methodology, and Christianity. As a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science at the University of Central Lancashire, his current teaching includes courses on statistical theory, philosophy of science, and the Copernican and Darwinian Revolutions. His course 'Christianity Science and History' won a prestigious Templeton prize in 1998. Paul and his wife Janice have a daughter Christel, and a son Justin who is founder/chair of CSIS (Christian Students in Science). His solo books include one on statistics and God and the Family.

This debate is scheduled for September 1999 onwards.

The format is of four emails each. The first opening statement is a 2,000 word or so introductory email, followed by three further emails of about 5,000 words.

Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Dr. Marston's Opening Statement

Steven Carr's First Response

Dr. Marston's First Response

Steven Carr's Second Response

Dr. Marston's Second Response

Steven Carr's Final Response

Dr. Marston's Final Response


The Reverend Derek Walmsley

Mr. Walmsley is 42 years old, married with three children and is a curate at St Mark's Church, Keighley, West Yorkshire, England.

He has been ordained since 1991. In 2000 he will speak for the third time at Spring Harvest, the largest Christian Conference in Europe.

This debate is scheduled for October 1999 onwards.

The format is of three emails of about 1500 words each.

The subject of the debate is "Is the level of suffering in the world compatible with an all-powerful, all-good God?'

Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Mr. Walmsley's Opening Statement

Steven Carr's First Response

Mr. Walmsley's First Response

Steven Carr's Final Response

Mr. Walmsley's Final Response


Dr.Stephen Motyer

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Dr. Stephen Motyer is a lecturer in New Testament at the London Bible College. He has a First in Classics and Theology from the University of Cambridge and has studied at Tuebingen and Bristol Universities. He has a doctorate from London University for a thesis on the Jews in John's Gospel.

He is the author of many books such as 'Israel in the Plan of God', 'Unlock the Bible', 'Remember Jesus', ,'The Bible with Pleasure', and has revised John Stott's book 'Men with a Message'.

The debate took place in April/May 1998.

The format of the debate is as follows.

Each side has an Opening Statement, of about 2,000 words. These were prepared at the same time.

There are three follow-up emails each, of up to 6,000 words maximum. I send the first email.

Finally, there is a Closing Statement each, of up to 1,500 words. These should also be prepared and sent at the same time, so neither side gets the last word.

Stephen Motyer's Opening Statement

Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Steven Carr's First Email

Stephen Motyer's First Email

Steven Carr's Second Email

Stephen Motyer's Second Email

Steven Carr's Third Email

Stephen Motyer's Third Email

Steven Carr's Concluding Statement

Stephen Motyer's Concluding Statement

The Reverend R. Campbell Paget

The debate took place in November/December 1998. The debate is scheduled for 4 letters each.

The Reverend Richard Campbell Paget has degrees from both the University of Durham and the University of Cambridge. He was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1989. Since 1992, he has been Rector of Chatham, Kent.

The Reverend Campbell Paget's Opening Statement

Steven Carr's Opening Statement

Mr. Campbell Paget's Reply


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