Monday, October 5, 2009

Does God Exist?

These videos are lengthy, but well worth your time. I only wish that I had known about this "debate" when it had actually taken place two years ago. Two episodes of Nightline's "Face-Off" discussing "Does God Exist". If you do take the time to view them, please share your thoughts with me. I can't help but wonder if those who believe other than I do feel that the people representing their beliefs were thorough and concise on defending them.



4 comments:

Pam said...

I'll have to watch these when I have time. I didn't even know they had this debate two years ago. Shame on me for not being more aware.

Anonymous said...

Christy,

I have to say that as a believer, I don't believe that Kirk and Ray did a great job convincing others that God exists. Their basis was "science" but they didn't have the science to back it up. There are more people out there that could have used science to better prove God than they did.

However, the other view seemed to be defensive at all times. There was a different feeling from them. They weren't calm, but seemed ready to fight (not literally). It seemed from a worldly prospective that they were more prepared to argue their point. They had the scientific words the others didn't.

I would liked to have seen this debate with one of those scientists who have done research and have proven that some of the theories from the atheist side are false. Science was supposed to be the "determining factor", but it was not used to its best ability on the believers' side.

Though I don't think that God's existence was presented as effectively as it could have or should have been, it doesn't change what I believe. I guess because what I believe is that God most definitely exists. I, too, would like to know what someone who doesn't believe thought of this piece. Did it sway them or make them think differently?

Maybe as a Christian, I was skewed in my watching of the piece because I was expecting something else, something more "scientific."

These are just my thoughts....

Julie

Christy said...

Pam, I really hope you get a chance to watch them.

Julie, great thoughts! I was also a bit disappointed in Kirk and Ray not having more "scientific" proof. However, I don't know how much more scientific one can get than the human body. They probably could have/should have gone into more detail about the human body, though.

I thought that even more telling than the actual debate was the body language on both sides. Like you said, the unbelievers appeared to be defensive all the time, even more so as the debate progressed.

I was very impressed with the moderator, however. I think he did an excellent job of remaining neutral throughout the entire discussion. Just when I thought he was coming down too hard on one side, he did the same to the other, so all was fair, in my opinion.

I was disappointed in the audiences questions. I was expecting much more thought-provoking questions and responses, but the people who were chosen there in the live audience really weren't able to articulate very well their thoughts. That would be me if I had stood up and asked a question though! I'm not good at on-the-spot things like that, either.

Thanks, Julie for watching and sharing your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Christy,

I totally agree with you on the moderator. I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to be fair to both sides. Something else I forgot to mention with the body language of the nonbelievers was how they started getting a little "silly" with their answers. Hope that makes sense.

But, I am pretty sure I've seen something on tv before about how scientists have disproved the big bang theory and other stuff. Don't quote me, though. Also, I was shocked how the Darwin quote Kirk made was totally overlooked. He said Darwin himself said evolution wasn't possible without these transitional fossils which should number in the billions. They got off that topic I think. It stood out to me, though.

Anyway, thanks for sharing the videos. :)

Julie