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Uploaded on Sep 15, 2010
This debate between atheist philosopher, Raymond Bradley and Christian philosopher and blogger, Matt Flannagan, was entitled "Is God the Source of Morality? Is it rational to ground right and wrong in commands issued by God?" It was held at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, on 2 August, 2010.
Bradley is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy with areas of specialty in Philosophical Logic, Metaphysics, Logical Atomism; he has previously debated William Lane Craig, Edward Blaiklock and many other Christian scholars and describes himself as an older generation "new atheist".
Flannagan is an Auckland based Philosopher and Theologian with areas of specialty in Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Theology; he has previously debated Bill Cooke, Zoe During and writes for the popular Christian blog MandM (www.mandm.org.nz).
The format of the debate was as follows:
Dr Bradley: Opening Comments [20 min] Dr Flannagan: Opening Comments [20 min] Dr Bradley: Reply to Dr Flannagan [10 min] Dr Flannagan: Reply to Dr Bradley[10 min] Dr Bradley: Closing Comments [7 min] Dr Flannagan: Closing Comments [7 min] Questions from the floor: [30 min]
The moderator for the debate was Professor John Bishop.