1. Donationrwingett
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    OK, its time for a formal debate. Dr. Scribbles narrowly defeated me in the last RHP mega-debate, so now its time to even my record. I’m looking for a volunteer to take up the gauntlet and be crushed by my intellectual blitzkrieg.

    Proposed rules:

    *The topic of the debate shall be “Was Jesus a socialist?”

    *I shall be arguing in the affirmative and shall make the first post.

    *The debate shall consist of two posts by each person, in alternating order.

    *A single “post” shall be of any length. If any ‘post’ exceeds the RHP maximum character count, it may be broken down into two or more parts.

    *Participants will refrain from the “piecemeal” style of debate where they copy each of their opponents sentences and responds to each individually. This makes for a fragmentary and disjointed argument, which I despise.

    *A panel of five judges shall be nominated and selected with the consent of both participants. Judges shall be required to set aside their own views as much as possible and to judge the debate solely on the merit of the arguments presented. They will also bear in mind that the burden of proof falls to me. My opponent need only cast sufficient doubt upon my argument to win.

    *From the start of the debate, the first participant (me) will have five days to make his first post. From the time it is posted, my opponent will have five days from that time in which to respond. Failure to make a post in the required amount of time equals forfeiture. Therefore, from the official starting time, the debate will take a maximum of 20 days.

    *It is requested that all but the two active participants refrain from posting in the debate thread until the debate’s conclusion so as to avoid the possibility of influencing the proceedings.

    *At the debates conclusion the judges shall cast their ballots for the winner and optionally give their reasons for doing so. They shall vote for one or the other. No ties will be permitted. The winner shall be the participant who receives three or more votes.

    If anyone wants to match their wits against me on the chosen topic, and if the above rules are agreeable, then RHP shall have its second formal debate.
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    11 Jan '09 23:032 edits
    Originally posted by rwingett
    OK, its time for a formal debate. Dr. Scribbles narrowly defeated me in the last RHP mega-debate, so now its time to even my record. I’m looking for a volunteer to take up the gauntlet and be crushed by my intellectual blitzkrieg.

    Proposed rules:

    *The topic of the debate shall be [b]“Was Jesus a socialist?”


    *I shall be arguing in the affirmat ...[text shortened]... hosen topic, and if the above rules are agreeable, then RHP shall have its second formal debate.[/b]
    I'll take up the side suggesting that He was not a Socialist.

    But I don't think we really need five days. Can we wrap it up tonight?

    No. Jesus was not really a Socialist.
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    11 Jan '09 23:31
    Originally posted by jaywill
    I'll take up the side suggesting that He was not a Socialist.
    I call dibs on front row seats. This is going to be tight!
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    11 Jan '09 23:51
    Originally posted by rwingett
    OK, its time for a formal debate. Dr. Scribbles narrowly defeated me in the last RHP mega-debate, so now its time to even my record. I’m looking for a volunteer to take up the gauntlet and be crushed by my intellectual blitzkrieg.

    Proposed rules:

    *The topic of the debate shall be [b]“Was Jesus a socialist?”


    *I shall be arguing in the affirmat ...[text shortened]... hosen topic, and if the above rules are agreeable, then RHP shall have its second formal debate.[/b]
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    Therefore, from the official starting time, the debate will take a maximum of 20 days.
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    I don't think I want to devote half a month or more to this.

    I would give it a few days if necessary. Less than a week.

    Otherwise someone else will have to do it.
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    11 Jan '09 23:56
    Originally posted by jaywill
    [b]================================
    Therefore, from the official starting time, the debate will take a maximum of 20 days.
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    I don't think I want to devote half a month or more to this.

    I would give it a few days if necessary. Less than a week.

    Otherwise someone else will have to do it.[/b]
    You've been posting here for years! You can't find the time to make two well-constructed (super)posts about the nature of Jesus for a captive audience committed to hear you out and objectively analyze your presentation? What else are you going to do with that time?
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    12 Jan '09 00:08
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    You've been posting here for years! You can't find the time to make two well-constructed (super)posts about the nature of Jesus for a captive audience committed to hear you out and objectively analyze your presentation? What else are you going to do with that time?
    Twenty days seems drawn out to me.
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    12 Jan '09 00:131 edit
    Originally posted by jaywill
    Twenty days seems drawn out to me.
    How long did Moses and his people wander through the desert?

    How long was Noah's family confined in the ark?

    How long was Job tormented?

    Now tell me, who are you to judge whether twenty days is too drawn out?
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    12 Jan '09 00:29
    Originally posted by rwingett
    OK, its time for a formal debate. Dr. Scribbles narrowly defeated me in the last RHP mega-debate, so now its time to even my record. I’m looking for a volunteer to take up the gauntlet and be crushed by my intellectual blitzkrieg.

    Proposed rules:

    *The topic of the debate shall be [b]“Was Jesus a socialist?”


    *I shall be arguing in the affirmat ...[text shortened]... hosen topic, and if the above rules are agreeable, then RHP shall have its second formal debate.[/b]
    Let's gett'in on!! 😠
  9. Donationrwingett
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    12 Jan '09 00:34
    Originally posted by jaywill
    Twenty days seems drawn out to me.
    It would only be 15 days. My first post would essentially start the debate. Then there would be three more posts. But feel free to excuse yourself if you wish.
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    12 Jan '09 00:48
    Originally posted by whodey
    Let's gett'in on!! 😠
    Does that mean you are up for participating against rwingett if jaywill bows out?
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    12 Jan '09 00:50
    Originally posted by LemonJello
    Does that mean you are up for participating against rwingett if jaywill bows out?
    Sure thing. 😉
  12. Donationrwingett
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    12 Jan '09 01:141 edit
    Anyone who wants to be a judge should sign up. If both my final opponent and myself find you acceptable then you'll be in. Do not wait, adjudicate the fate of the great debate.
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    12 Jan '09 01:17
    Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
    How long did Moses and his people wander through the desert?

    How long was Noah's family confined in the ark?

    How long was Job tormented?

    Now tell me, who are you to judge whether twenty days is too drawn out?
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    How long did Moses and his people wander through the desert?
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    40 years.

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    How long was Noah's family confined in the ark?
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    40 days and 40 nights.

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    How long was Job tormented?
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    I don't know.

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    Now tell me, who are you to judge whether twenty days is too drawn out?
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    I said it seemed drawn out to me.

    I was only speaking for me.

    If you're that eager to see it Okay. I'll debate for 20 days if necessary.
  14. Donationrwingett
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    12 Jan '09 01:45
    So far we've got Jaywill and Whodey as candidates for my debate opponent. The spot is still open. Put your name in if you're interested.
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    12 Jan '09 01:47
    Originally posted by rwingett
    Anyone who wants to be a judge should sign up. If both my final opponent and myself find you acceptable then you'll be in. Do not wait, adjudicate the fate of the great debate.
    Where do you sign up ?
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