Our Debates

The life of the Chester-Belloc Debate Society centers around its debates on Christ­endom Col­lege's campus. There, students perfect their rhet­orical abilities, delivering extemp­oraneous speeches on cont­roversial topics.

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Previous Debates

Disclaimer: The resolutions below are statements resolved based on the rhetorical merit of the winning side decided by simple majority vote. The resolutions do not reflect the views and/or opinions of CBDS, Troika, Duma, or any of its founding members but are meant to help stimulate conversation and debate.

  • Resolved: To Be Catholic Is To Be Un-American November 13, 2016
    Pro:
    7
    Con:
    36
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Resolved: The Primary End of the Criminal Justice System Should Be Rehabilitation October 30, 2016
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    39
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Resolved: Vote For Donald J. Trump October 9, 2016
    Pro:
    85
    Con:
    89
    Abstensions:
    8
  • Rationality Is Not Unique To Man (DAG) September 25, 2016
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    31
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Purely Penal Laws Are Morally Binding September 11, 2016
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    40
    Abstensions:
    14
  • Catholics Should Boycott Target Because of Their Transgender Policies August 28, 2016
    Pro:
    45
    Con:
    38
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Women Should Not Hold Positions of Political Authority May 1, 2016
    Pro:
    33
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Student Use of Smartphones Should Be Banned At Christendom College April 17, 2016
    Pro:
    36
    Con:
    44
    Abstensions:
    0
  • Recent Genocide Of Christians In Syria and Iraq Demands More Lenient Policies Toward Refugees April 3, 2016
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    27
    Abstensions:
    1
  • God Does Not Directly Intervene In Our Lives (DAG) March 20, 2016
    Pro:
    22
    Con:
    8
    Abstensions:
    4
  • The Primary End of the State Is to Promote Virtue Rather Than Liberty February 28, 2016
    Pro:
    36
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    4
  • The Depiction of Nudity in Film Is Immoral February 14, 2016
    Pro:
    17
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    7
  • Morality Does Not Impose A Price Ceiling December 6, 2015
    Pro:
    18
    Con:
    18
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Abraham Lincoln Is an American Hero November 15, 2015
    Pro:
    15
    Con:
    16
    Abstensions:
    10
  • Bros before fine upstanding young women. November 1, 2015
    Pro:
    40
    Con:
    29
    Abstensions:
    16
  • America needs stricter gun control laws. October 11, 2015
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    32
    Abstensions:
    17
  • Same sex couples have a right to marry. (DAG) September 27, 2015
    Pro:
    2
    Con:
    45
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Women should be allowed to fill combat roles in the military. September 13, 2015
    Pro:
    4
    Con:
    61
    Abstensions:
    3
  • The Planned Parenthood videos were obtained unethically. August 30, 2015
    Pro:
    30
    Con:
    30
    Abstensions:
    10
  • Modern art is not art. May 3, 2015
    Pro:
    10
    Con:
    36
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Capitalism harms the common good. April 12, 2015
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    21
    Abstensions:
    10
  • The great men are the decisive factor in shaping history. March 29, 2015
    Pro:
    11
    Con:
    14
    Abstensions:
    7
  • True Islam espouses war against the unbeliever. March 22, 2015
    Pro:
    15
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    15
  • Men are more rational than women. February 22, 2015
    Pro:
    31
    Con:
    48
    Abstensions:
    6
  • The primary end of a Catholic liberal arts college is the moral formation of its students. February 8, 2015
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    35
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Abortion in the case of rape is morally permissible (DAG) January 25, 2015
    Pro:
    26
    Con:
    21
    Abstensions:
    26
  • A Catholic feminist is a contradiction in terms. December 7, 2014
    Pro:
    33
    Con:
    13
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Athens was better at attaining the common good than Sparta. November 16, 2014
    Pro:
    18
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    6
  • A Third Party Vote is a Wasted Vote. November 1, 2014
    Pro:
    20
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Metal is the Devil's Music. October 12, 2014
    Pro:
    13
    Con:
    51
    Abstensions:
    16
  • The Chair of Saint Peter is currently vacant. (DAG) October 5, 2014
    Pro:
    18
    Con:
    41
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Edward Snowden is an American hero. September 14, 2014
    Pro:
    21
    Con:
    34
    Abstensions:
    5
  • The American Revolution was an Unjust War August 31, 2014
    Pro:
    29
    Con:
    38
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Christian charity demands the international community to intervene in Syria May 3, 2014
    Pro:
    3
    Con:
    20
    Abstensions:
    9
  • Divorce is more Harmful to the Sanctity of Marriage than Homosexual Unions. April 27, 2014
    Pro:
    32
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    3
  • First Person Shooters add to the Culture of Death April 6, 2014
    Pro:
    14
    Con:
    13
    Abstensions:
    9
  • Catholic Just War Theory does not apply in the Modern World. (DAG) March 23, 2014
    Pro:
    2
    Con:
    33
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Confessional History is the best History. February 23, 2014
    Pro:
    19
    Con:
    14
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Poetry is for Those who cannot Philosophize February 9, 2014
    Pro:
    4
    Con:
    32
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Facebook is harmful to Authentic Community January 26, 2014
    Pro:
    20
    Con:
    26
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Modesty Dress Code should be left to One's own Prudence. December 8, 2013
    Pro:
    7
    Con:
    34
    Abstensions:
    5
  • The American Experiment Has Failed November 17, 2013
    Pro:
    14
    Con:
    21
    Abstensions:
    12
  • The Government That Rules Best, Rules Least. November 10, 2013
    Pro:
    11
    Con:
    14
    Abstensions:
    18
  • The Catholic Church Should Ordain Women. (DAG) November 3, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Even if Legalized, Smoking Marijuana For Recreational Purposes is Still Immoral September 8, 2013
    Pro:
    18
    Con:
    17
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Rock and Roll is the Enemy of Christianity. July 23, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Evolution is inconsistent with Genesis. July 16, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Even if legalized, smoking marijuana for fun is immoral. July 9, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Graphic images should not be used in pro-life evangelization. June 25, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • A Catholic should not support the death penalty in modern America. June 18, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Communion in the Hand is Intrinsically Less Reverent Than Communion on the Tongue. April 21, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • Capital Punishment, as a Deterrent, is Just. April 7, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • It is Better to Give Alms Directly Than to Go on a Mission Trip. March 24, 2013
    Pro:
    Con:
    Abstensions:
  • A Practicing Catholic Should Not Be a Spy February 24, 2013
    Pro:
    9
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Christians and Jews Worship the Same God February 17, 2013
    Pro:
    22
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    4
  • "The French Revolution's Overthrow of the Monarchy Was Just" January 27, 2013
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Hume's Guillotine beheads moral philosophy. December 2, 2012
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    10
    Abstensions:
    5
  • The primary accomplishment of 40 years of the March for Life has been to make us feel good about ourselves. November 18, 2012
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    25
    Abstensions:
    6
  • 'Conservative Republican' is self-refuting. October 28, 2012
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    8
    Abstensions:
    15
  • Christendom College has female lectors, so it should allow female altar servers. October 7, 2012
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    38
    Abstensions:
    5
  • Celibacy is not a higher State than Marriage (DAG) September 23, 2012
    Pro:
    10
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    10
  • It is moral to comply with the HHS mandate. September 9, 2012
    Pro:
    16
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    15
  • Every penny spent on dog food is stolen from the poor. September 2, 2012
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    54
    Abstensions:
    2
  • Catholics should support the death penalty in America. June 20, 2012
    Pro:
    38
    Con:
    22
    Abstensions:
    0
  • Psychology serves evangelization better than scholasticism. April 15, 2012
    Pro:
    7
    Con:
    21
    Abstensions:
    3
  • To love God is man's end. April 1, 2012
    Pro:
    14
    Con:
    11
    Abstensions:
    12
  • The wise man drinks underage. March 18, 2012
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    14
    Abstensions:
    2
  • The value of music is completely subjective. February 26, 2012
    Pro:
    7
    Con:
    21
    Abstensions:
    9
  • There is no morally licit solution to the problem of frozen embryos. February 12, 2012
    Pro:
    17
    Con:
    16
    Abstensions:
    11
  • America needs Ron Paul. January 29, 2012
    Pro:
    37
    Con:
    29
    Abstensions:
    14
  • The mass media undermines a free society. January 22, 2012
    Pro:
    6
    Con:
    25
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Under all circumstances, life issues must be the voter's foremost consideration. December 4, 2011
    Pro:
    1
    Con:
    16
    Abstensions:
    9
  • St. Patrick's Battalion ought to have been hanged like the vile and filthy traitors they were. November 20, 2011
    Pro:
    22
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    2
  • Without God, everything is permitted. November 6, 2011
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    8
    Abstensions:
    6
  • There is no God. (DAG) October 9, 2011
    Pro:
    10
    Con:
    25
    Abstensions:
    19
  • Deport illegal immigrants! September 25, 2011
    Pro:
    24
    Con:
    17
    Abstensions:
    5
  • The killing of Osama bin Laden was just. September 11, 2011
    Pro:
    30
    Con:
    19
    Abstensions:
    3
  • The First Amendment protects pornography. August 28, 2011
    Pro:
    20
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Catholics should avoid films depicting graphic demonic possessions May 1, 2011
    Pro:
    3
    Con:
    28
    Abstensions:
    3
  • The American Revolution Was Fundamentally a Product of the Enlightenment April 17, 2011
    Pro:
    7
    Con:
    9
    Abstensions:
    8
  • The United States Ought to End Support to Israel April 2, 2011
    Pro:
    8
    Con:
    14
    Abstensions:
    3
  • Emotional Expression is Essential to Music. March 20, 2011
    Pro:
    21
    Con:
    13
    Abstensions:
    2
  • Voluntary Euthanasia is Moral. (DAG) February 27, 2011
    Pro:
    18
    Con:
    24
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Burn Heretics. February 13, 2011
    Pro:
    14
    Con:
    20
    Abstensions:
    2
  • A Market Unregulated by the State Best Ensures a Just Economy. January 30, 2011
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    6
  • Man is More Rational than Woman. December 6, 2010
    Pro:
    17
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    9
  • If a Law is Not Unjust it is Morally Binding. November 20, 2010
    Pro:
    15
    Con:
    20
    Abstensions:
    4
  • Abraham Lincoln Defended the Union Justly. October 10, 2010
    Pro:
    10
    Con:
    24
    Abstensions:
    10
  • Contraception is Wrong. (DAG) October 3, 2010
    Pro:
    14
    Con:
    22
    Abstensions:
    8
  • Habitually Smoking is Morally Wrong. September 16, 2010
    Pro:
    28
    Con:
    22
    Abstensions:
    7
  • The Film The Dark Knight Depicts a Moral Victory of Good Over Evil. September 5, 2010
    Pro:
    16
    Con:
    23
    Abstensions:
    8
  • Strategic Nuclear Weapons May be Used in a Just War. August 29, 2010
    Pro:
    35
    Con:
    12
    Abstensions:
    6
  • The United States Should Not have Invaded Iraq in 2003. April 25, 2010
    Pro:
    17
    Con:
    15
    Abstensions:
    3
  • The Public Exercise of Islam Ought to be Outlawed. March 18, 2010
    Pro:
    12
    Con:
    24
    Abstensions:
    5
  • The Legal Protections of Marriage Ought to be Extended to Homosexual Couples. (DAG) March 7, 2010
    Pro:
    32
    Con:
    16
    Abstensions:
    12

DAG stands for Devil's Advocate Game. During a Devil's Advocate Game, some of the members of the Society adopt a heterodox position to test the apologetical mettle of the rest of the Society.