- Introduction (October 13, 2014).
- Trevor Blake: To Be a Christian (October 13, 2014).
- Free Northerner: To Be a Christian: Opening Statement (October 17, 2014).
- Trevor Blake: Your Faith is Futile and You Are Still in Your Sins (October 20, 2014).
- Free Northerner: To Be a Christian: Response (October 26, 2014).
- Trevor Blake: Worshiping the One True Scotsman (October 29 2014).
- Free Northerner: To Be A Christian: Conclusion (November 2, 2014).
- Trevor Blake: Opening Statement (due within five days of Introduction).
- Free Northerner: Opening Statement (due within five days of phase two).
- Trevor Blake: Second Statement (due within five days of phase three).
- Free Northerner: Second Statement (due within five days of phase four).
- Trevor Blake: Closing Statement (due within five days of phase five).
- Free Northerner: Closing Statement (due within five days of phase six).
- Free Northerner, Trevor Blake and any reader inspired to do so donate to a charitable organization (due same day as Free Northerner’s Closing Statement).
In September 2014 Free Northerner (FN) wrote he is trying to work on his rhetoric. Trevor Blake (TB) suggested a debate.
The debate “To Be a Christian” has three goals. First, the debate will improve the rhetorical skills of the participants. The debate itself will test the rhetorical skills of FN and TB. Second, the debate will raise funds for a charitable organization. Both FN and TB have donated to a charitable organization, so that at minimum some concrete good in the world has hopefully occurred because of the debate. Third, the debate may inspire the reading audience. If the reading audience is inspired to profitable reflection, or to likewise donate to a charitable organization, all the better. FN chose the charitable organization, TB chose the topic, and the debate was agreed upon.
The topic is “To Be a Christian.” This debate can include the following… What is required to be a Christian? What is forbidden? What is the result of being a Christian? What is the result of not being a Christian?
The debate is designed to distinguish it from an online disagreement. By agreed-upon time limits and limits of content, FN and TB are spurred to thoughtfulness and boldness and discouraged from laziness or victory by attrition.
There is no word count limit to an individual post. There is no editing of a post is allowed once it has been made. There is no limits to links. There is no limit to consulting any source, including other people. Aside from quotes from the debate itself, the posts should be in our the words of FN and TB. FN and TB will post at their respective sites, each linking to the other as appropriate.
In the closing statements, FN and TB should comment on how the debate might have gone better (longer / shorter time periods, more / fewer quotations, etc.).