Invite Raphael to Speak/Debate

I am happy to consider invitations to give presentations and to debate, generally on atheism and religious scepticism. I have only a few requirements.


General

- The event should be recorded by the event organisers, with equal rights to publish (video, audio, photographic) online granted to me.

- Expenses (namely travel and accommodation) should be covered by the event organisers.

- I require an honorarium of at least $400.

- A space (with a table, chair, and preferably staffed) must be provided for book selling/signing.

- For additional requirements for debates, please see below.


Debates

- The debate topic must be agreed upon by me, and will generally focus on a critique of the evidence for God’s existence (that is, the god of classical theism, or Christian theism) and/or the evidence for the Christ of Faith (i.e. the exclusive truth of Christianity, or the truth of the resurrection).

- Despite the focus of much of my work, I have little interest in debating on the historicity of Jesus. It is generally irrelevant in discussions with apologists. Discussing the Christ of Faith is far more productive.

- It is ideal if there is some agreement on the approach used, which may or may not involve perusing the arguments of all involved. Apologists wishing to argue for their position without explaining why their hypothesis is most probable need not apply. I am not interested in easy victories, but in stimulating discussion about the best evidence for theism and Christianity. For example, an ideal topic would be “Is the Theistic God’s Existence Probable?”

- It is ideal for the debate to be friendly and respectful in nature. For my part, I am very open-minded and do not dislike religion, or Christianity. It would suit me fine if Christianity were exclusively true. In the spirit of truth-seeking and intellectual honesty, I wish my opponents well, and even hope that they succeed against me. If the latter were to occur, I would convert, and would be quite happy about it.


Raphael Lataster 2017