This is my full debate on Tuesday with William Lane Craig. Thank you to Uncover Cork for organising the event. Thank you to the 500 capacity crowd who filled both the debate hall and the live screening overflow hall. I hope that Bill enjoys the remainder of his stay in Ireland, and that we have both given people some useful ideas to consider.
9:12 – WL Craig
31:20 – M Nugent
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This is my opening speech in my debate on Tuesday with William Lane Craig. Video above, transcript below. We’ll have video of the full debate online later today.
I’d like to welcome Bill to Ireland. He is a sincere advocate for his beliefs. A week ago I debated an equally sincere Hamza Tzortzis, whose path to Islam was very like Bill’s path to Christianity.
They were both in school at the time. They both had an experience of faith, after a conversation with a classmate. And they each committed their lives to spreading the word of God and Allah respectively.
Both Bill and Hamza know that their Gods exist because of faith. They are both using reason to help to lead people to a personal truth that they know by faith. They are both good, sincere people. And at least one of them if not both are mistaken.
With wave after wave of scandals continuing to wash over Ireland, arising from decades of religious influence on our laws and government, it is beyond time that we looked at the bigger picture. We need to go beyond addressing each individual scandal. We need to fully separate Church and State.
Atheist Ireland will be intensifying our campaign for this aim in the coming weeks and months. We will be increasing our lobbying and holding meetings to coordinate the important work that will be needed. If you would like to help in any way, please email us at secretary-at-atheist-dot-ie for more details.
We fully support the human right to freedom of conscience, religion, and belief, for both religious people and atheists. The only way for the State to protect equally that right for everybody, is for the State to remain neutral between religious and nonreligious beliefs and to focus on running the country for everybody based on human rights.
Here are the five steps that we need to take to fully separate church and State:
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