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Saturday, November 14, 2009

IQ^2 Debate: Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?


BFW said...

Unfortunately, I think the question is posed in such a way that the catholic church wins. Is it a force for good? Even if all it has done is help one old lady across the street, it has done some good, therefore it is a (small) force for good.

Perhaps the question would be better posed, "Are we better off with or without the Catholic Church?" or something like that where the positive and negative are somehow weighed together...

czrpb said...

Hey man! Good to hear from you! I think that basically the question is being interpreted as you rephrased it.

As it was, the Catholic Church got creamed. In this case, it did not really start well for the church as the votes for and against prior to the debate were 678 and 1102 respectively, and 346 undecided. After it got considerably worse: 268, 1876, 34, for, against, and undecided.