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Submitting a Debate Proposal

We welcome unsolicited debate proposals provided they meet the following criteria.

(1) Participants reside in the United States.

(2) A debate thesis must form a “yes” or “no” question (when only two participants are involved). For example,

    • “Is the love of God compatible with eternal conscious torment?”
    • “Is compatibilism taught in the Gospel of John?”
    • “Is the Shroud of Turin a medieval forgery?” 

(3) The ideal participant will have a Doctorate degree. However, each participant will hold, at a minimum, a Masters degree or will have shown competence and/or contributions in the field of the debate topic through education, publishing, or teaching.

(4) Participants must agree to the written debate format as follows:

    • Affirmative opening statement (6,000 words)
    • Negative opening statement (6,000 words)
    • Affirmative rebuttal (3,000 words)
    • Negative rebuttal (3,000 words)
    • Affirmative cross examination (6 questions, 250-word response to each)
    • Negative cross examination (6 questions, 250-word response to each)
    • Second affirmative cross examination (6 questions, 250-word response to each)
    • Second negative cross examination (6 questions, 250-word response to each)
    • Affirmative closing statement (3,000 words)
    • Negative closing statement (3,000 words)

(5) Each participant must agree to the terms and conditions of a regular author under contract with Ichthus Publications, LLC.