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Upcoming Debate on the Existence of God

From Issue: R&R – Issue 43 #9

On October 25, 2023, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, longtime AP Christian apologist Kyle Butt is scheduled to debate one of the most heralded unbelievers in the world, Michael Shermer, on the specific proposition, “The God of the Bible Exists.”

Dr. Shermer is the author of several New York Times bestsellers and, for 18 years, was a monthly columnist for Scientific American—one of the most popular science magazines in the U.S. In addition, Shermer is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Skeptic magazine, which boasts 50,000 quarterly subscribers. Shermer has also appeared on such shows as 20/20, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Oprah. In terms of spreading unbelief and skepticism internationally, it (sadly) may be that only Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris have had more impact than Shermer since the turn of the century.

Debating high-profile skeptics is not new for AP’s Kyle Butt. Previously he has successfully debated Dan Baker (2009), Blair Scott (2011), and Bart Ehrman (2014). Barker and Ehrman were (and still are) two of the more prominent unbelievers in the U.S. On October 25, Butt will have another opportunity to clearly lay out the evidence for a supernatural Creator in prayerful hope that atheists, agnostics, and skeptics with honest hearts will be open to the Truth and that theists will be further grounded and encouraged in the most fundamental pillar of the Christian faith—the existence of the God of the Bible.

The Butt/Shermer debate will take place less than two miles from Apologetics Press at Faulkner University’s Tine Davis Gymnasium, which seats approximately 1,500. If you choose not to attend in person, you will be able to watch the debate live from the comfort of your home on Gospel Broadcasting Network’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90PQQM4a75w). Moreover, the debate will eventually be archived here at apologeticspress.org and on our YouTube channel.

In the meantime, Kyle and Apologetics Press would greatly appreciate your prayers. Pray that Kyle will effectively defend the existence of the God of the Bible. Pray that God will be glorified, His people edified, and the lost evangelized. Pray that much good is done in the name of the Lord.


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