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    Quote Originally Posted by rexlunae View Post
    Exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight View Post
    It isn't like Bob is just a random forum member. Bob might not be as famous as some but he has been on dozens of TV shows including nationally televised shows like Politically Incorrect etc.
    Without taking anything away from BE, my point was not unlike an SAT question.

    "Random forum member" to Bob Enyart
    Is like
    Bob Enyart to Richard Dawkins

    With the connection being that the former is less famous and has less to lose and much more to gain than the latter. I wouldn't fault either for turning down such a debate proposal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knight View Post
    Furthermore...
    In the grand scheme of things I wouldn't say that Richard Dawkins is exactly Elvis Presley.
    Shhhh! Don't let Dawkins know

    This is his 15 minutes, let him enjoy it. He has national and worldwide renown (for now).

    Perhaps you should set your sights a bit lower, like radio host "infidel guy", or those annoying guys from the Rational Response Squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_duck View Post
    Without taking anything away from BE, my point was not unlike an SAT question.

    "Random forum member" to Bob Enyart
    Is like
    Bob Enyart to Richard Dawkins

    With the connection being that the former is less famous and has less to lose and much more to gain than the latter. I wouldn't fault either for turning down such a debate proposal.



    Shhhh! Don't let Dawkins know

    This is his 15 minutes, let him enjoy it. He has national and worldwide renown (for now).

    Perhaps you should set your sights a bit lower, like radio host "infidel guy", or those annoying guys from the Rational Response Squad.
    Why set our sights lower? Though I admit it's a long shot Dawkins hasn't turned down the debate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmar View Post
    Why set our sights lower? Though I admit it's a long shot Dawkins hasn't turned down the debate!
    Go for Hitchens. He's actually good at debating, and I think it would be a lot more interesting. I've never seen any evidence that Dawkins is good at debate, and he's said he doesn't like doing debates in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_duck View Post
    Without taking anything away from BE, my point was not unlike an SAT question.

    "Random forum member" to Bob Enyart
    Is like
    Bob Enyart to Richard Dawkins

    With the connection being that the former is less famous and has less to lose and much more to gain than the latter. I wouldn't fault either for turning down such a debate proposal.



    Shhhh! Don't let Dawkins know

    This is his 15 minutes, let him enjoy it. He has national and worldwide renown (for now).

    Perhaps you should set your sights a bit lower, like radio host "infidel guy", or those annoying guys from the Rational Response Squad.
    Bob already debated Reggie.
    fidelis usque ad mortem

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    Quote Originally Posted by rexlunae View Post
    Now that I would love to see. Not that I think he'd do it either...but he'd be more likely than Dawkins.
    That *would* be a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_duck View Post
    Perhaps you should set your sights a bit lower
    He could start at the bottom. What's your schedule like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_duck View Post
    Perhaps you should set your sights a bit lower, like radio host "infidel guy", or those annoying guys from the Rational Response Squad.
    Yeah... as chatmaggot said, Bob already debated Reggie and while Reggie seemed like a nice guy he didn't really put up much of a fight, I am guessing he would admit that as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Door View Post
    He could start at the bottom. What's your schedule like?
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    Guys... Door (whoever he is) deserves some rep that was a hilarious post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight View Post
    Guys... Door (whoever he is) deserves some rep that was a hilarious post.
    Sorry, but..."You must spread some reputation around before giving it to Door again."
    Stupid forum rules.
    Funny how threads morph.


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    I would like to see Dawkins defend his “God Delusion” ideas, however, I think he would veer hard to his main work. I think Dawkins will not debate anyone who is not a published theologian. It is purely a snobby peerage position but a general standard.

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    I'd rather see Dawkins stick to Biology for the most part. He does such a good job of explaining that.

    I haven't read The God Delusion, but I have seen some of his debates on the EoG that online. Not as interesting as his other work.

    Sam Harris would be another candidate for a debate with Bob.

    I think these guys (Harris, Dawkins, Hitchens) are probably swimming in debate proposals. Everyone wants a shot at either them or the attention they have garnered. I think Bob would be a decent candidate on the "Yes, God esists!" side, but there are others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktoyou View Post
    I would like to see Dawkins defend his “God Delusion” ideas, however, I think he would veer hard to his main work. I think Dawkins will not debate anyone who is not a published theologian. It is purely a snobby peerage position but a general standard.
    But Dawkins is only a mediocre theologian (albeit well published), his arguments are hardly groundbreaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_duck View Post
    But Dawkins is only a mediocre theologian (albeit well published), his arguments are hardly groundbreaking.
    I'd call him an atheologian. Have you read The God Delusion?

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