Chris Date vs. Dr. Phil Fernandes on Hell

“The punishment of hell will be annihilation, the everlasting loss of life and conscious existence.”

I have promoted the conditionalist view of final punishment in debates with two fellow Reformed bloggers, and I recently scheduled a debate on the topic with a Catholic. Now I have been given the opportunity to debate an Arminian, Dr. Phil Fernandes, pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship in Silverdale, Washington, and president of the Institute of Biblical Defense, a Christian apologetics ministry based in Bremerton, Washington. Dr. Fernandes has a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from Greenwich University, an M.A. in religion from Liberty University, and a B.Th. from Columbia Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of several books, including The God Who Sits Enthroned: Evidence for God’s Existence (Xulon, 2002), No Other Gods: A Defense of Biblical Christianity (IBD, 1998), God, Government, and the Road to Tyranny (Xulon, 2003), Contend Earnestly for the Faith (PublishAmerica, 2008), and most recently Hijacking the Historical Jesus: Answering Recent Attacks on the Jesus of the Bible (CreateSpace, 2012).

The debates and public conversations I’ve had so far have all been online or on the radio. I’ve been longing for some time to participate in a live, in-person debate. And when a friend and pastor at my church introduced me to the work of Dr. Fernandes, who lives and teaches in the Pacific Northwest near me, I invited him to a debate on the nature of hell. I was elated when he accepted my invitation, and we have since been developing a friendship which is becoming very dear to me. I’m impressed and inspired by Dr. Fernandes’ humility, love, and kindness, and it encourages me that we will be able to debate the topic of hell in a friendlier, more respectful spirit than my past debates, while nevertheless passionately standing up for what we believe the Bible clearly teaches.

Our debate is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 6:30 pm Pacific. Pastor Jeff Moorehead and the staff at Christ’s Church in Federal Way have graciously agreed to host the debate and provide a moderator. The debate proposition will be, “The punishment of hell will be annihilation, the everlasting loss of life and conscious existence.” I will affirm the debate proposition, Dr. Fernandes will deny it. The format will be as follows:

20 minutes
Affirmative (Date) Opening Statement
20 minutes
Negative (Fernandes) Opening Statement
10 minutes
Affirmative First Rebuttal
10 minutes
Negative First Rebuttal
10 minutes
Break
10 minutes
Affirmative Crossexamines Negative
10 minutes
Negative Crossexamines Affirmative
10 minutes
Affirmative Second Rebuttal
10 minutes
Negative Second Rebuttal
5 minutes
Affirmative Closing Statement
5 minutes
Negative Closing Statement
10 minutes
Break
30 minutes
Listener Q&A

Debates
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  • Brandon

    Will this be recorded in some way???

    • Chris Date

      Yes, Brandon, I believe it will be.

      • Roy Soliman

        Live streamed??

  • http://cosmicpaladinjourneyson.blogspot.com/ Jonathan

    Doesn’t look like I will be making it up to Washington after all, Chris. Just can’t swing it logistically with child care and family stuff. I’m disappointed as I had hoped to boost your support in the audience by at least one. Any other folks in our camp able to attend?

    • Chris Date

      Aww, bummer :( Well, I’ll see you in 2014 (Lord willing)! Yes, there will be several conditionalists there.

  • Mike Owens

    This is exciting! Helping your wife with your new baby “Miles” and preparing for a debate. We know your plate is full brother. Many of your supporters will be praying for you and your wife.
    Keep up the great work God has given you to do and THANKS!
    Mike

    • Chris Date

      Thanks, Mike!

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