2/4/2010 – The Sermon on the Mount Debate

The Philodemic had a Bible-thumpin’ good time at our most recent debate, “Resolved: The message of the Sermon on the Mount is absurd.” Keynoting for the Affirmation, Mr. Chris Tosetti employed the standards of the great Søren Kierkegaard to characterize the Sermon on the Mount as rationally unintelligible, and therefore absurd. He was joined by Mr. John Lim, making his induction keynote. Lim held Matthew 5:39’s command to “offer no resistance to evil” as a prime example of the utter absurdity of Christ’s sermon. The Negation held their own though. Mr. Brian Harbour’s keynote began with what can only be described as charming shtick, but blossomed into a defense of the relevance of the sermon’s moral instruction. Inducted alongside him was Mr. Sam Park, who crystallized the sermon’s message into a contention that seemingly degraded individuals are in fact happy. Floor debate was righteous! Chancellor Drew reminded the society that reason without faith cannot grasp the sermon’s consequences, thereby making it absurd. Mr. Henderson backed up the negation with his reminder that Gandhi, MLK and Mandela lived their lives by the dictates of the sermon… and that the world is better for it.

At the end of a rip-roaring evening, the society affirmed the resolution with 29 affirming to 18 negating to 2 abstaining.

The following Merrick Points were awarded:

1: Kwami

2: Hale

3: Tosetti

4: Peterson

5: Walker


1: Drew, Desnick, Kwami

2: Cantirino, Hale

3: Grace, Tosetti

4: Peterson

5: Walker, Downes, Harbour

Please join us in the Philodemic Room on Thursday, February 11 at 8 pm to debate “Resolved: Unrequited romantic love is a myth.” See the Philodemic Society group on Facebook for more information.



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