"Romanists can tear down sola scriptura, but won't positively defend Tradition in debate."To which I responded:
"As for a Catholic being unwilling to take up the debate on tradition, I believe that is wholly false. Now, if the non-Catholic is using that as a response to a Catholic challenge; then the Catholic is quite justified in not answering the diversionary and logically flawed tactic. However, if you wish to debate Catholic tradition on the merits of Catholic tradition, I'll take you up on that challenge! Will you put your money where your mouth is, or will you find some excuse to not debate me on this topic? Let me know and we'll work out the details of the debate format."
"You want to do an in-person debate on Tradition?"I replied:
"As for debate, I will do a written debate with you online. I would welcome a PORTION of that debate to be a live IRC session. In a written debate it is much easier to stay on task and give fuller and more responsible answers. While I do not wholly dismiss a live, face-to-face debate - it is not the best format as if either of us are caught off-guard by a question there is no time in a live confrontation to research and provide a responsible answer.That's where we are, so far.
What do you propose the question of the debate to be? Or, would you like me to present the question/thesis since on the matter of Catholic tradition, I would be the one holding the affirmative?"
I propose an online debate because that enables BOTH of us to answer concisely and accurately as possible. It permits us to present the TRUTH as we see it, and not end up losing a "debate" but where the "truth" does not come out and/or the "best answer" is not given due to the inability to research a question in a live/in-person confrontation. Will Mr. Swan follow through with this? If and when he does, of course, links and/or the debate itself will be posted here (and I'm sure at a site and/or blog of his choosing).