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Is it reasonable to believe in a god?

A debate between Bede and Cygnus

The debate took place between myself and Cygnus of Cygnus' Study at the beginning of 2001 on his discussion boards. The debate is presented completely unedited and without the comments of the moderators.


Affirmative construction - Cygnus on why belief is unreasonable

Negative rebuttal - Bede's reply to Cygnus

Negative construction - Bede on why belief in God is reasonable

Affirmative rebuttal - Cygnus's reply to Bede

Questions - Bede and Cygnus each ask one question

Bede and Cygnus conclude

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