Final Assessment by Independent Judges (2006)
Welcome to Naturalism vs. Theism: The Carrier-Wanchick Debate. Richard and Tom agreed to have four independent judges read and assess their debate upon its completion according to The Rules We Followed, especially rules (7) and (8). Those judges present their assessments below.
Glenn Miller [assessment]
Victor Reppert [assessment]
Jeffrey Jay Lowder [assessment]
Richard Schoenig [assessment]
Winner: Richard Carrier
Average Score: ⌈1.5⌉ = 2
Meet the Judges
Glenn M. Miller is currently VP, Strategic Advisory Services for CIT Systems Leasing. He tracks technology trends and usage (gmmx.com), and advises customers on IT decisions, management, and futures. He travels about 70% of the time. He is a former CIO and CFO, with a graduate degree in computer science and 30+ years of IT experience. He has taught computer science at the undergraduate level (for a year), and has spoken worldwide on technology and management strategies. He also has a graduate degree in Theology, and did a year of doctoral studies in Philosophy. He taught philosophy and senior Biblical Greek classes at the undergraduate level (also for a year). He currently writes and maintains the Christian Thinktank, an apologetics and research website. He recently moved from Silicon Valley back to his parent’s hometown, and lives with his library and his nine computers.
Victor Reppert is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and teaches philosophy at Glendale Community College. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1989. He is the author of C. S. Lewis’s Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, and has a blog at www.dangerousidea.blogspot.com.
Jeffrey Jay Lowder:
Jeffery Jay Lowder is the cofounder and President Emeritus of Internet Infidels. He currently serves as the editor of the Secular Web’s Call for Papers. He is a former moderator of two usenet newsgroups (alt.atheism.moderated and soc.atheism) and several related e-mail discussion lists. A former championship interscholastic debater, he has participated in several oral debates regarding God’s existence and evolution vs. creationism. He is the coeditor of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave (Prometheus Books, 2005), a reader of 15 essays on the alleged historicity of Jesus’ resurrection.
Dr. Schoenig (pronounced like “Sher”-nig) was born and raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey–a suburb of New York City. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Fordham University in the Bronx. He later received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. After a two year stint as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington. He has published in a variety of chemistry and philosophy journals, and has written popular articles for magazines such as The Humanist and The American Rationalist. He is currently professor of Philosophy at San Antonio College. When not trying to figure out the meaning of life, he can be found grousing about politics, doing crossword puzzles, working on physical fitness, especially playing basketball, and enjoying the mountains of west Texas (Ft. Davis) and southwestern Colorado (Silverton) with his wife, Myrna.