Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Debate: Does God Exist? (David Wood vs. Heina Dadabhoy)

Here's a recent debate I had with Heina Dadabhoy on the existence of God. Heina was raised as a Muslim, but she's an atheist now. Although she's fairly new on the scene, she's already better than most atheist debaters.

I also interviewed Heina on her reasons for leaving Islam and becoming an atheist:


  1. Why do atheists opening statements always sound like rebuttals? Nothing she said gave me any drive to consider atheism as a viable option. She contradicted herself so many times with terribly incoherent content and she pushed the idea of uncertainty while attempting to show how certain she was about God's nonexistence. Only thing worse was Christopher Hitchens against William Lane Craig

  2. And her actual rebuttal did not address the actual content of his opening statement. Sounds like a very immature attempt at stubborn resistance. Romans 1

  3. I totally know where this young lady is at. I used all those arguments myself when, like her, I was unable to distinguish between man-made religion and the relationship which is Christianity.

    When you're in that spot, where reason and humanity feel like your best hope (despite your niggling doubts) you'll hold on for grim death. Religions feels like intellectual suicide when you're in those places.

    Strangely it was in a secular university studying science that God finally broke through my excuses and defenses. At university I had expected that my lecturers and professors would have the answers, but when I ask question after question regarding intelligent design and the reasonableness of the universe, I saw far too many shoulders just shrug. When I did get an answer it was full of logical fallacy that took more faith to believe than did believing in God.

    Eventually, I had to acknowledge that the design and intelligibility of nature had to have had the involvement of a designer. Then realizing that there had been a designer, I had to recognize that he or she designed me as I was a created part of the universe. Finally, I recognized that because I was personal and desired relationship that so must the person who created me. I mean, there is no adequate scientific explanation for human being's complex and vital emotional responses and needs.

    So there sitting in my room near the uni all by myself, my belief in science had led me to a belief in God.

    I remember what a dedicated intellectual atheist I was back then and know that there's hope for this young woman.

    1. OK, well I'm kind of in that spot. Let me ask you, why Christian? Wouldn't all of your above logic apply to most religions? Couldn't simply being a Deist fulfill that same void, answer those same answers? Or Muslim, Mormon, Jewish, wiccan, etc.

  4. Currently I'm a Christian that lost her faith, and wishes she could regain it. Honestly torn between being Atheist or Deist, but sadly quite pessimistic about ever believing in any indoctrined religion.