(Text: “Debating an Atheist — Round Two“, Soli Deo Gloria, July 8, 2012)
According to Pastor Stephen Feinstein, his debate with Russell Glasser was really a debate about assumptions and epistemology.
The assumptions that you accept will cause you to interpret evidence in a particular way…
We both are claiming that certain things happened, and we both need to be able to justify what we claim. Yet, if our presuppositions are epistemologically weak, or even worse they are impossible, then we cannot justify what we claim. So it is not useless to talk about these assumptions, for it is here that I am going to effectively refute your positions.
This, then, is the goal that Pastor Feinstein sets for himself, or at least one of the goals he claims to be able to accomplish. Let’s see how he goes about trying to achieve that.