This section contains the audio files for some of the debates I have participated in. If you are a Christian,
these debates are intended to encourage you and equip you to defend your faith in whatever mission
field the Lord has you in. If you are a non-Christian, it is my hope that these exchanges will help move
you to believe in and follow the Lord Jesus. Many years ago I accepted him as my person Lord and Savior
and he changed my life immeasurably for the better. My prayer is that you will let him do the same for
you. God bless.
Pastor John Feakes
Participants John Feakes, and Darren Kay.
Written Statements And Notes
On May 13, 2017 I debated atheist Darren Kay on the question of whether or not God was needed to understand the world. Both of us came to defend our worldviews with vigor and it turned into an enjoyable and lively exchange. One complaint that I heard from folks who attended was that I talked too fast and used too many big words. Since the Transcendental Argument for God’s existence was at issue, we had no choice but to traffic into areas of high-level abstraction. I’m convinced that if folks will listen again carefully and thoughtfully, they will see that God alone can (and does) provide the necessary preconditions for knowledge. To make it easier I am posting my written statements and notes that I drew upon for the debate. My prayer is that Christians who consider the material will be encouraged in their faith and better equipped to share it. For non-Christians, my hope is that the Holy Spirit will use this material to convince them of the truth of Christian Theism, and that they will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ the Lord.
— John Feakes
This exchange took place December 21, 2015. Laura is a first-year college student and a materialistic
atheist who was interested in dialoguing with me after hearing some of my Equip.U classes. Of all the
debates I have heard or participated in, this one might be my favorite. The tone remained friendly and
respectful throughout, and we were able to get to the really important issues.
This debate was held at New Life Sanctuary Church on June 6, 2015. Lukas and I agreed that we didn’t
want to do a typical Christianity vs. Atheism debate. Lukas suggested that we start out by stating what
we think it means to hold the opposite worldview. That is to say, I would begin by explaining what I
thought it meant to be an atheist, and he would explain what he thought it meant to be a theist. This
was the point of departure for rest of our exchange.