Peter Kreeft to Debate Robert Spencer on Islam

by Thomas More College on September 25, 2010

On Thursday, November 4 at 8:00pm, the Edmund Campion Debate Society presents Dr. Peter Kreeft and Mr. Robert Spencer on “Resolved: That the Only Good Muslim is a Bad Muslim.”

Speaking in the affirmative will be Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, frequent guest on FoxNews, ABC, BBC, and many other media, and author of nine books on Islam, including The New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad.

Spencer will contend that orthodox Islam is intrinsically intolerant of other faiths and incompatible with a free society, such that when individual Muslims grow secularized and less observant, they may become less of a danger to free societies.

Speaking in the negative will be Dr. Peter Kreeft of the philosophy department at Boston College, author of more than 45 books, including the recently released Between Allah and Jesus: What Christians Can Learn from Muslims.  One of Mr. Spencer’s former teachers, Dr. Kreeft will argue that Catholics and Muslims belong to sister, Abrahamic faiths, and should cooperate to resist the secularization and moral decay that prevail in the postmodern, post-Christian West.

The debate is sponsored by the Edmund Campion Society at Thomas More College, which has previously sponsored student debates on topics such as the morality of the 18th (Prohibition) Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the “just war” credentials of the American Revolution.

Named for the great Jesuit martyr whose forensic skills flummoxed the most articulate Anglican spokesmen in his day, Campion Society student debates follow the Oxford format—extemporaneous, without notes or time limits, conducted in the style of the British parliament. Created to help students gain a deeper appreciation of Rhetoric as a liberal art, the Campion debates supplement Thomas More College’s traditional core curriculum, which extends through all four years, covers the Great Books of the Western world, and includes extensive training in Catholic philosophy and theology.

The debate will be held in Thomas More College’s Bl. John Henry Newman Room, located on the top floor of the Library.  This event is open to the public.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by contacting Lucy Domina at

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