There is an excellent debate.. or should I say inter-world view dialog here. Here are some of my plagiarized thoughts about it:
I believe the value of these debates should not be judged on some kind of win/loose basis. The value is that the arguments against religion are being made in a forum that is accessible to the population in general. When possible, the religions use their substantial political power to keep people from hearing any dissent. Part of the reason so few people admit to pollsters that they do not believe is that they do not know where the line is. People often say they do not believe in the conventional personal deity, but do not consider themselves to be atheists.
As time goes on, and Sam does more of these, I am looking forward to more and more sticky questions. I would have liked to ask Warren, “when Jesus was preaching, why didn’t he say ‘Blessed are those who absent themselves from rats, for the fleas of rats may carry plague.'” Just think of how much death and suffering of the innocent would have been avoided in future generations by these simple words. Or how about, “Energy is mass times the speed of light, times again, the speed of light, but thee shall make no weapon of this.” Were these words written in scripture, although it may have taken a while, there would be no religious doubt today.
Warren talks about the arrogance of Sam’s position on evolution. I would like him to put himself in the position of someone who goes before a great religious council stating that he has found that the sun does not go around the earth, as described in their scripture, but rather the earth both spins and goes around the sun. In this situation, Warren would be told he is arrogant. How could he deny what is written, and anyone can see happen every morning? Had he gone up into the heavens and seen it himself? What about all the art and poetry about the sunrise and sunset? Isn’t it worth believing so we can have such creativity? Does he really want to live in a world where the living god Amun-Ra does not exist? I suspect Warren would consider himself just the way Sam considers himself, not arrogant, just wondering if it really is worth his time to talk to these closed minds (ie idiots).