I just finished listening to a debate on religion/atheism with respect to public morality between Alan Keys and Alan Dershowitz. It was, without a doubt, the most spirited, rhetorically fascinating debate I have listened to! Unlike most debates I have listened to lately, which have been much more in the academic style or, preferably, in the television panel-discussion style, this one was squarely in the style of political debates, though crossed with the style of legal pleadings before juries.
It was not scholarly. It was not intricate. It was not even civil. The tactics used made me sick to my stomach at times. But it was filled with fascinating, well-delivered, soaring rhetoric on both sides, and listening to it was a truly thrilling experience!