Way back in 2009, Deus Ex Machina offered up a topic for debate:
"This House Believes that the innate capacity for understanding of right and wrong indicates a moral law-giver."
After participating briefly in a thread that is now in the Bottomless Pit (abandon all hope ye who enter here
) I suggested in there that a better format for such a discussion might be a formal-ish debate, with post limits and word count limits.
Thus, my proposal:
We debate the question "Is the basis for morality natural or supernatural?" (Which seems to be where the thread is going, away from "are morals objective?") To put in the format of a debate, it would be "This house believes that the basis for morality is not natural, but supernatural"
The format I'd suggest would be: (word counts adapted from times here
Aff: 1200 word opening statement
Neg: 1400 word opening statement
Aff: 800 word rebuttal
Neg: 1200 word rebuttal/closing
Aff: 600 word closing
Each debater would have 96 hours to make their reply or forfeit the debate. This would allow enough time to construct well thought out arguments and responses.
I can take the affirmative
and I presume lots of folks on this board would be happy to take the negative.
Let me know if anyone is interested...
edit: word counts were a little too stingy, upping them.