First rating time!
Each catergory is worth a different amount which is as follows: style is 10 points, content is 50 points, delivery is another 10 points and finally analysis is 30 points (in speech debates it's a bit different but this is typed so more emphasis on what is being put forward). An overall score of 50 or less is generally diabolical, 75 is about average and 85 or more is exceptional.
So how did ParkingPlaces do based on said criteria?
Style:7, style was good, he kept it interesting and even threw in a few light-hearted statements which I think were well placed. Only issues might be a slight lack of persuasive language.
Content:31, As it's only an opening argument this was never expected to be too high, the content laid out some of the key arguments against a biblical Jesus and set out the foundations and course of the debate without becoming diluted. However it didn't deliver any knock out punches and I don't expect the reasons to remain really standing for long.
Delivery:9 Essentially the structure, it was very well done and in a way very similar to a speech. It laid out the topic first and the grounds which it's going to cover, then gave 3 points to back up ParkingPlaces' position. Little to fault it on.
Analysis:23 Although the first point (about the miracles) didn't get analysed in the depth I'd have liked to have seen (though it may be covered later so I accept there's probably reasons) the second was analysed very well and thus was definetly the strongest point. The third wasn't a major point but was also analysed well so I'm pretty impressed so far.
Overall score: 70, Pretty good and the scores will probably go up as the debate rages.