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Christianity emodude on 03 Apr 2007 08:58 pm

Is God Real? A Newsweek debate with Sam Harris and Rick Warren

Sam’s on a roll lately. This time, it’s this article in Newsweek featuring a debate between himself and Pastor Rick Warren, author of the book ‘A Purpose-Driven Life’ (See Chapter 8 for some comments on this book). One fascinating item to note on page 3, in response to Rick Warren’s claim that ‘One of the great evidences of God is answered prayer’, Sam uses the amputee example again (he used this example and gave this site a mention in ‘Letter to a Christian Nation’) as a type of prayer that never gets answered. Rick, not surprisingly, provides no explanation for this.

And neither has any other Christian. Yes, many have provided excuses, but no one has provided a valid, Scripture-based explanation, because there isn’t one. There are far more verses where Jesus explains the power of prayer than any verses that discuss its limitations (if there are any). Think you have a valid explanation? Visit the forum and share it with us.

In the meantime, read through the debate and let us know your thoughts, including who you think emerged victorious.

One Response to “Is God Real? A Newsweek debate with Sam Harris and Rick Warren”

  1. on 05 Apr 2007 at 5:25 am 1.Anfauglir said …

    The closing comment “Altruism comes out of knowing there is more than this life, that there is a sovereign God” just seems utterly nonsensical.

    If you know there is a God, who will judge you on your death, then acting for others is NOT altruism – it’s selfishness. If you know there is NO God, then acting for others IS altruistic – there is no ultimate reward for doing so.

    As far as the debate goes, there was far too much summary and cutting for my liking. I read it all in about ten minutes – and this was supposed to be four hours of conversation? I can’t form an opinion on who “won” – both sides appeared to fail to answer some specific questions, and its unclear whether this was because they HAD no answer, or because their answer was abridged or removed to save space.

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