Open public debate can serve as a great means of comparing 2 sets of diametrically opposed scientific claims such as geocentrism vs. heliocentrism. It is very rare that someone, regardless of how great their credentials are, has shown a willingness to publicly debate Robert Sungenis on geocentrism. Those with credentials sometimes rationalize their unwillingness by asserting that Sungenis either doesn't have credentials or that his credentials are fake.
Others will refuse the challenge to debate by trying to dismiss geocentrism as being more or less equivalent to flat earth and thus a subject not worth engaging someone one. The excuses are endless.
I submitted a question to Fr. Robinson 3 days ago via his Quora link asking him if he would be willing to accept a public debate on geocentrism with Robert Sungenis. I also asked him via his direct contact link on his website. I am not holding my breath for an answer, but if I do I hope to be able to post it verbatim on this thread and on another thread where I mentioned the submission of my question to Fr. Robinson.
In considering whether to debate Robert Sungenis, hopefully Fr. Robinson who no doubt prides himself on being a Thomist will draw inspiration from the Angelic Doctor who was one of the greatest public debaters of all time.
Still no response from Fr. Robinson so today I sent him a direct email inquiry at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm not holding my breath for an answer, but will just continue waiting. Below is the text of my email inquiry.
Dear Fr. Robinson,
Regardless of whether or not you could convince Robert Sungenis of your position that geocentrism is false or whether he could convince you of his position that geocentrism is true would you nevertheless be willing to engage him in a public debate on the subject? It is no doubt the rule, not the exception that debaters do not convince their actual debating opponents of their side of the subject being debated.
Debates can certainly be very useful to the public, especially those members of the public who are undecided on one issue or another. They may even be useful in changing the minds of some of the already decided. Why not give it a go? The Angelic Doctor certainly did not shy away from public debates. He regularly engaged in them and no doubt many souls benefited from his willingness to do so.
In all Christian charity, I hope you will respond to my aforesaid inquiry. Thank you for your anticipated answer.
In Christ the King and Mary our Queen,