David L. Bahnsen recalls the “Great Debate.” Here is his favorite part:
Dr. Bahnsen: Are all factual questions answered in the same way?
Dr. Stein: No, they are not. They’re answered by the use of certain methods, though, that are the same - reason, logic, presenting evidence, and facts.
Dr. Bahnsen: All right. I heard you mention logical binds and logical self-contradictions in your speech. You did say that?
Dr. Stein: I said…I used that phrase, yes.
Dr. Bahnsen: Do you believe there are laws of logic, then?
Dr. Stein: Absolutely
Dr. Bahnsen: Are they universal?
Dr. Stein: They’re agreed upon by human beings. They aren’t laws that exist out in nature. They’re consensual.
Dr. Bahnsen: Are they simply conventions, then?
Dr. Stein: They are conventions, but they are conventions that are self-verifying
Dr. Bahnsen: Are they sociological laws or laws of thought?
Dr. Stein: They are laws of thought which are interpreted by men and promulgated by men.
Dr. Bahnsen: Are they material in nature?
Dr. Stein: How can a law be material in nature?
Dr. Bahnsen: That’s a question I am going to ask you
Dr. Stein: I would say no.
[MODERATOR: Dr. Stein, you now have an opportunity to cross-examine Dr. Bahnsen]
Dr. Stein: Dr. Bahnsen, would you call God material or immaterial?
Dr. Bahnsen: Immaterial
Dr. Stein: What is something that is immaterial?
Dr. Bahnsen: Something not extended in space
Dr. Stein: Can you give me an example of anything other than God that is immaterial?
Dr. Bahnsen: The laws of logic
[MODERATOR: I am going to have to ask the audience to hold it down please. Please. Refrain from laughter and applause. Can you hold that down please?]
[HT: James Grant]