Debate and Paper Schedule

Spring 2014

The position papers are your personal position based on a thorough analysis in the light of appropriate Biblical concepts and moral, ethical, and philosophical arguments. There is no right or wrog position, only one that is appropriately supported from a well defined biblical and moral ethic, with complete justification for the support.

It is expected that you apply the sermon on the mount in your consideration, and more SPECIFIALLY, the transforming initiatives in every argument for full credit.

Position Papers

Topic Question Due Date
Just War vs. War Pacifism. Was it justified to invade and occupy Afghanistan in order to achieve the stated goals for the action? State the official reasons the USA took this action, and them argue either for, or against, this action. March 10
School Funding Is it unjust for per-student funding of US public schools to differ significantly based on the affluence of the school's community? March 26
Terrorism and allocation of national resources Studies show spending on homeland security since Sept. 11, 2001 is $635.9B *. Meanwhile school performance drops (particularly inner-city) *, medical care access is problematic for many *, and poverty increases *. Is this an appropriate expenditure for the limited US budget, given the other needs? April 9
The ethics of global vs national policy Should the USA focus first and foremost on internal goals and needs, or also consider the needs of the larger world equally? Consider the fairness of Natural Resource utilization, consumption, and distribution. How do we balance the needs of the world against the desired goal of affluence in the US? April 23

Debates

Topic Affirmative Statement Negative Statement Due Date
Just War vs. War Pacifism. It was justifiable for the USA to invade Afghanistan to achieve the officially stated goals of the action.
Logan/Jason
It was unjustifiable for the USA to invade Afghanistan to achieve the officially stated goals of the action.
Luke/Josh
March 12
Death Penalty The death penalty should be used as a punishment in the US under certain circumstances
Jason/Josh
The death penalty should never be used as a punishment in the US
Luke/Logan
April 2
Affluent Life styles and Scarcity It is unethical for individuals to consume essential but scarce resources at a rate significantly higher1 than can maintained for the entire population of the planet.
Josh/Logan
It is ethical for some individuals to consume essential but scarce resources significantly faster than can be maintained everyone under certain circumstances
Luke/Jason
April 16
Affirmative action Affirmative action for race is acceptable in the hiring practices of business to promote better race equity in employment
Luke/Logan
Affirmative action for race is no longer needed in to promote better race equity in employment
Josh/Jason
April 30

1 For example, consider that it takes 100 pounds of grain to make 1 pound of beef. Assume that the world capacity for grain will provide 2 pounds per person per day. Is it ethical for a person to utilize (including waste) 5 pounds of beef a week, when they are indirectly consuming many times the grain sustainable across the planet for all people.

Topic revision: r3 - 2014-03-10 - JimSkon
 
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