Working Definition of Free Will for this Debate:
Artwork "Let Him In"
by Pat Marvenko Smith, copyright 1992
God conferred on man the dignity of being able to initiate and control his own actions.
He willed that man should be left in the hand of his own counsel, so that he might of
his own accord, seek his Creator. Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created
with free will and is master over his own acts."
Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that,
and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes
one's own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness;
it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.
Affirmative: Scott Windsor
Negative: Micah Antony
When a round is posted to this page that is when the "counting" starts for the next round to be posted.
Keep in mind, the questions, "Does man have free will?" and, "When it comes to salvation, does man have any choice in the matter?"
2000 words (max) Opening Arguments
- To open with thesis statement
- Follow by documentation of thesis statement
- Followed by summary arguments linking documentation with thesis statement
- Use of valid argumentation throughout
- All valid sources will have online links.
Round 2a - (within 5 days of start of Round 1)
Up to 300 words Cross-Examination
Participants question each other for clarity (No new material may be introduced, but you may call
into question the source or context). This is a question round, not a round to make assertions.
Round 2b - (within 48 hours)
Pariticipants will provide rebuttal of Round 2a of up to 1200 words (new material/sources may be introduced here).
Round 3a - (within 48 hours)
Up to 300 words Cross-Examination of 2b Rebutal (no new material may be introduced again here).
Round 3b - (within 48 hours)
Participants will provide up to 1200 words of rebuttal to Round 3a arguments (new material may be introduced).
Round 4 - (within 72 hours)
Concluding statement up to 1500 words either rebutting opponents argument or reinforcing their own.
Round 5: (Unofficial)
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