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Swinburne, Philipse and myself at the CFI event last week



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sfarisbradistan said…
How was the event? I actually like Richard Swinburne. I think he's fair minded even though I disagree with much of his conclusions. He doesn't look very well. Is he okay?
Stephen Law said…
Great - video will be released shortly. Swinburne looked a bit thinner to me but very well. I also like Richard. You can have a decent and honest conversation with him without him taking offence, etc. I think he's a genuinely nice man.
You kind of have a "Rock me Amadeus" look in that photo!
failedatheist said…
I was there..I was lucky to even find out that this was on as it wasn't overly publicised. Guess I'm lucky that I'm a Christian who likes to frequent the BHS web-site :)

I thought both the speakers did a grand job, it gave me and my wife lots to discuss on the train back home!
Stephen Law said…
That's my thoughtful face! Thanks for coming Dan. Where should I advertize in future?
failedatheist said…
If you want get people like myself who are interested on debates of this nature especially for Theists in the UK the best place would be www.apologetics315.blogspot.com...word would spread quickly from there. Another one would be Justin Brierley from the Unbelievable Radio show I'm sure he'd always be happy to give anything like this a shout out.

I should be studying at Hythrop in September..would be great to chat sometime :)
Stephen Law said…
Thanks Dan - hope to see you there!
Paul R Syms said…
Stephen, I saw this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for organizing. Two very small criticisms: Richard (I think) took a straw poll at the start, but I can't recall another poll at the end, before people had to leave for their trains, etc.. What would have been most interesting would have been to see if anyone was persuaded to shange their opinion as a result pf the debate. Second, and this applied to your Oxford evening (with Harris and Richard Dawkins) is that you need BIGGER venues! They are so popular ... apparently the latter sold out in 15 minutes!
Stephen Law said…
Bigger would be good but this one was the first time ever got more than 150 for an evening weekday. Be interested to see if we can repeat it for conspiracy theories coming next....
Anonymous said…
I would really love to know where I can find a video of this debate.

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