The Ketcherside - Porter Debate
Reviewed by Nathan Battey
The Ketcherside-Porter debate was a monumental debate over the topic of Institutionalism. The debate took place in 1937 and was conducted over a four night period. Rue Porter, was in his late forties at the time, and was considered one of the ablest debaters among those in favor of orphan’s homes and Bible colleges, having had twenty-five debates prior to his encounter with Ketcherside. Carl Ketcherside, on the other hand, was a young man of twenty-eight years old and had not had any formal debates prior to this occasion. In the end, experience did not serve Rue Porter well, nor did youth and inexperience hamper Ketcherside.