The first category are items listed under the collection "Dialog, Debate, and Discussion"
1) Introduction to 3D (No opponents)
This segment is a general introduction. He states around 6 minutes, 30 second in:
I will get e-mails you know through the website and they will say, 'Where are your debates?' And my debates are all here, they're all free. And here are some of the rules that go with it. Even though I've done 'em for 20 years, I don't believe debate is only formal. As a matter of fact, I believe you are severely limiting yourself if the only exposure you have to other world religions is through formal debate. I believe the most effective means of sharing the truth of Jesus Christ the exclusive nature of salvation through Christ can only be found through conversation. ... I became dissatisfied with formal debate and quite frankly disgusted with some of the practitioners in that passive-aggressive methods of shaking their head and making noises, embarrassing themselves by acting petulant. And so, like I said, about five, six years ago, I became convinced that there had to be another way. What we've done is we've established 3D, which stands for debate, dialog, and discussion, where we sit around the table and I interview, for instance in this first season a Unitarian Universalist, a Druid, etc. and it's free form. I even tell them ahead of time, "I will never provoke you. I annot ask you trick questions and this isn't the Jerry Springer show. In other words there's not going to be a moment where you have to lurch out of your chair to defend yourself."This discussion helps to highlight that Dr. Caner is aware of the fact that these interviews are not formal debates. While he might like to call them 3D, he seems to be aware that there is no "debating" going on in the conventional sense of the term. Unfortunately, without that context, claims of "debating" the following people would seem to be misleading.
2) Presidents Thornock and Ralls (Mormon)
President Michael Thornock is apparently Mission President of the West Virginia Charleston Mission. President Walter E. Ralls Jr. is Stake President of the Buena Vista Virginia Stake. These are mid-level officers in the Mormon bureaucracy.
3) Bob Riggs and James Williams (Baha'i practitioners)
Robert Riggs is a Baha'i author. It's unclear what, if any, leadership role either of the men have in Baha'i.
4) Rev. Paul Boothby (Unitarian Universalists)
Boothby is a local (Lynchburg) Unitarian pastor.
5) Fr. Richard Mooney (Roman Catholic) (There were three parts)
Mooney is a local (Lynchburg area) Roman Catholic Priest.
6) Rabbi Yosef Zylberberg (Reform) (There were two parts)
Zylberg is a Reform (not Reformed) rabbi, apparently from Phoenix, AZ.
7) Rev Kaz Nakata (Shin Buddhist)
Nakata is a Buddhist priest (the head of a seemingly small temple in Virginia).
8) Senior Druid Emeritas Nancy [McAndrew?] ("A Druid Fellowship")
Nancy holds a seemingly minor clerical rank in the local neo-pagan organization associated with "A Druid Fellowship, Inc."
9) Dr. Mel White (Metropolitan Community Church)
Mel White is apparently a clergyman in the MCC. The MCC is apparently supportive of non-heterosexual fornication (perhaps they also support heterosexual fornication as well, it's not clear to me).
10) Lonnie Murray (Unitarian Univeralist & Neo-Pagan)
Murray is apparently a congregant at a Unitarian Universalist church but also a Neo-Pagan who organizes a "Nature Spirit Worship" group in Charlottesville, VA.
The following were classified under "Sects and Cults Podcast" (apparently recorded during Theology 678)
1) Interview with Mormons (Mormons)
Two "elders" are interviewed. The discussion mentions that the questions that they will be answering is given to them in advance, except for the audience question.
2) Interview with Fr. Alban Waggener (Antiochian Orthodox)
Dr. Waggener is the priest of the local parish of an Antiochian Orthodox church.
3) Interview with Rev. Shirley Paulson (Christian Science) (there were two parts)
Paulson is a Christian Science lecturer.
4) Interview with Mel White (Metropolitan Community Church) (there were two parts)
(see above for the discussion of White)
5) Interview with Dr. Kenley Mays (Baha'i International) (there were two parts)
Dr. Mays is apparently a Baha'i practitioner that happens to live in Virginia.
The following were classified under "Apologetics 570 - Far Eastern Religions"
1) Taoism (there were two parts here)
Two practicing and "devout" Taoists are interviewed. One is apparently a leader at a local Taoist study center in Virginia, and other is from Seattle.
2) Oneness Pentecostal (I think this was tagged incorrectly.)
A local Oneness pastor was interviewed. This is the discussion of which a portion was recently discussed on the DL, with reference to the description of the Trinity that Dr. Caner provided.
3) Tibetan Buddhist
A Tibetan Buddhist is interviewed.
I checked the items in the list above, listening to the introduction and random portions from each. From what I could tell, in every case the format was roughly the same: the visitor was interviewed with a series of questions designed to learn more about the religion. Sometimes the questions are pointed questions. Sometimes there are some questions back to Dr. Caner. However, the interviews appear to be mostly designed to inform the students about the religious group whose representative was interviewed. There doesn't seem to be any argument, which would seem to be a necessary component of debate. If this is it - if this is really "all" his debates, as his intro to 3D suggests - then it doesn't seem that Dr. Caner has done many, if any, debates.
Perhaps there is something I've overlooked. If so, I invite my readers to draw my attention to it.
UPDATE: An alert reader named Tim has pointed out that Dr. Caner may also have engaged in one or more e-mail debates. The only one I've seen is this one with Nadir Ahmed (link to official version at Ergun Caner's own website). It's worth noting the following exchange:
Dr. Caner's first email states:
If, however, you would like to DEBATE the issues of Christianity versus Islam, then I believe we might have an interesting opportunity. Here is what I propose:Nadir Ahmed's first email responds:
THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE: Take the money OFF the table - I do not do this for money. I am interested, however, in a debate via e-mail.
Therefore, just like our response to Craig Winn ... Ergun Caner, you have conducted probably one of the most intense media propaganda campaigns against Islam appearing on countless radio and television shows beamed into the homes of millions upon millions of people, but ... when knowledgeable Muslims calls your views into question, you restrict him to some email exchange? I'm sorry, but we will have to decline your offer. As I mentioned, neither the Muslims nor the Christians will settle for this, so it's really out of my hands. Rather we request a face to face public debate in front of a live audience. There is no substitute for this. Just like how you encourage our young Americans to be brave ... face the enemy head on in Iraq, you should also show the same courage, and face ExamineTheTruth.com in a fair, moderated debate in which we discuss the *truth* claims of Islam and Christianity in a respectful dignified manor ... and do it for them. The ball is in your court Caner.(links removed ... ellipses in original)
Considering that you have spoken at thousands of churches or Christian organizations, then perhaps that would be a good venue for the debate? If not, then I have several MSAs and different colleges where I debated at and Mosques who would gladly sponsor the debate, just let me know. Also, in the spirit of fair debate, we will provide you with all our material and arguments before hand so you can be prepared.
Notice how Nadir Ahmed indicates that he does not consider the email exchange a "debate." That's my reason for not including it.
Tim mentioned that he thinks he has seen other email debates as well. I have not seen them, but I welcome my readers to point them out to me.