“I felt an energy in the audience tonight,” said Matthew Chapman, author and great-great grandson of Charles Darwin.
Debate winners Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Project, and Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, argued in support of the motion against Ian Hutchinson, Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, and Dinesh D’Souza, author of What’s So Great About Christianity.
Author and NY Times writer Matthew Hutson praised the debaters in a post-event dinner at Boulud Sud: “It was a good choice in debaters and topic. All of them were very articulate but still had a good sense of humor with some nice banter. This topic could have gotten very heavy-handed.”
This sentiment was echoed by Don Daniels, Philanthropist, who said “this topic has a lot of passion, but civility and respect was established among the debaters right from the beginning.”
As always, moderator John Donvana also received praised for his performance. Bill Chapman,Executive Director of The Richmond Forum, called the debate “fantastic. Everyone stayed on topic and Donvan has got a great touch at respectfully taking control.”
Robert Rosenkranz and Lawrence Krauss
Martin and Ann Rabinwotiz, Alexandra Munroe, and Shelby White
Maricaye Daniels, Grant Hering, Don Daniels, and Natalie Stettner