Comment threads on the internet tend to go down rabbit trails, circle around, disappear into other universes, and somehow fail to reach a conclusion. Sometimes this happens because there are crowds of commenters derailing the conversation, or because there is no time/word limit, and sometimes both. The purpose of a debate is to produce a meaningful, productive conversation between two dissenters on a controversial topic by removing these roadblocks.

Live Debates

Google Hangouts provides one of the best formats for online debates. I’ve done a few of them, some with different structures. Reach me in the contact form and we can set one up.

Previous Live Debates





Is Evolution Compatible with the Bible? Z. Lawson Kent Hovind [YouTube]
Molinism v Calvinism Z. Lawson/ R. Bushey J. Sommer/ TurretinFan [YouTube]
Is Evolution At Odds With Atheism? Z. Lawson Erik [YouTube]
Does Man Have Free Will? Z. Lawson/ E. Minton T.L. Ross/ E. Rittenhouse [YouTube]
Panel on Calvinism & Molinism Z. Lawson Multiple [YouTube]
10 Minidebates Z. Lawson E. Sowders [YouTube]

Written Debates

If a live debate is not your style, we can do a written debate structured like this. I borrowed this format from hack apologist Richard Bushey.

1 Introduction per participant (1500 Words)
1 Long Rebuttal per participant (1000 Words)
1 Short Rebuttal per participant (750 Words)
At this point, each participant will pose three questions to the other.
1 Three Answers post per participant (750 Words)
1 Conclusion post per participant (500 Words)

Previous Written Debates

None yet!

If you would like to participate concerning anything I’ve written, reach me through the contact form. I look forward to talking with you!



6 responses to “Debates”

  1. Bro. Bell says :

    I would LOVE to debate the “trinity” with you…

    • caplawson says :

      I would be glad to take you up on the offer! There are just a few administrative issues to get out of the way.

      1. How would you like to publish your answers?
      (a) host them on your own blog and I’ll link to them or
      (b) email me the text privately and I host your answers here (I promise I won’t edit anything)

      2. How would you like to structure the dialogue?
      We can agree to a proposition and take the affirmative/negative position. Alternatively, we can make an independent case for our respective positions. Either way is fine with me.

      At your earliest convenience, please respond via the Contact Form at

      Thanks so much for your interest and I look forward to a great discussion!

  2. Richard Bushey says :

    I challenge you.

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