Prof. David Albert’s critique of “A Universe From Nothing”

Just for completeness, and because somebody asked, here is Prof. David Albert’s New York Times critique of Lawrence Krauss’ “A Universe From Nothing”.

From the last paragraph of the article:

When I was growing up, where I was growing up, there was a critique of religion according to which religion was cruel, and a lie, and a mechanism of enslavement, and something full of loathing and contempt for every­thing essentially human. Maybe that was true and maybe it wasn’t, but it had to do with important things — it had to do, that is, with history, and with suffering, and with the hope of a better world — and it seems like a pity, and more than a pity, and worse than a pity, with all that in the back of one’s head, to think that all that gets offered to us now, by guys like these, in books like this, is the pale, small, silly, nerdy accusation that religion is, I don’t know, dumb.

Lawrence Krauss comments on his debate with William Lane Craig

Let’s just say that Krauss is not a happy chappy.  Apparently he put on his nice face and gentle demeanour during the debate, but now the gloves are off. And what better place to shoot off than…

… Richard Dawkins’ website … but beware of the trolls on there — they really are most unpleasant and often quite irrational.

Incredibly Krauss begins his first paragraph with:

It sometimes surprises me, although it shouldn’t, how religious devotees feel the need to regularly reinforce their own convictions in groups of like-minded individuals. I suppose this is the purpose of regular Sunday church services, for example, to reinforce the community of belief in between the rest of the week…

What is so amazing about this first paragraph however is how blind Krauss is. He accuses Christians of self-reinforced group-think, but seems unable to recognize that this is exactly what he and his Darwinian cohorts do.

It sometimes surprises me, although it shouldn’t, how atheist devotees feel the need to regularly reinforce their own convictions in groups of like-minded individuals [e.g. www.RichardDawkins.net]. I suppose this is the purpose of regular scientism services, for example, to reinforce the community of belief in Darwinian creation myths, the fact-Fact-FACT of molecules to man evolution, and stories of how things magically appear from nothing — which is of course not the same as not-anything…

The thing that amazes me about the “new atheist” materials I have read, watched and listened to is the anger, the unwillingness to even consider another perspective, and the intolerance.  At least Krauss actually bothered to look at some of Craig’s materials before debating him. I wonder if Sam Harris will bother?

The link to Krauss’ “Dealing with William Lane Craig” is here:

richarddawkins.net/articles/612104-dealing-with-william-lane-craig

PS. Professor John Lennox who debated Dawkins twice is apparently debating Leonard Mlodinow who co-write with Stephen Hawking.  Anyone have any news on this?

Related links:

  • Review of the Krauss’ response by Bnonn at Thinking Matters here.

William Lane Craig to debate Lawrence Krauss & Sam Harris

Debate with Lawrence Krauss (link)

North Carolina State University
Topic: ”Has Science Eliminated the Need for God?”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

Debate with Sam Harris (link)

University of Notre Dame
Topic: “Is the Foundation of Moral Values Natural or Supernatural?”
Thursday, April 7, 2011.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY — BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2010

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See also these podcasts from William Lane Craig…

Jerry Coyne of Faith and Religion (13:10 min; MP3 link)

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Response to Hawking and Mlodinow (20:36 min; MP3 link)

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Lawrence Krauss on Creation Out of Nothing (8:53 min; MP3 link)

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Questions for Stephen Hawking (13:56 min; MP3 link)

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Coming debates

It’s March 2011.  William Lane Craig is very soon to debate Sam Harris and Lawrence Krauss.

I am certainly looking forward to the second debate, but not sure what the differences will be between these two men. Will they have anything to debate?

The other coming big debate is between Professor John Lennox for Oxford University and Leonard Mlodinow who co-wrote with Stephen Hawking in The Grand Design.

If you have additional information on these debates, please post the information as a comment.

UPDATES

John Lennox has his California speaking schedule here.

Here is Lawrence Krauss giving a lecture (1:04:52) on cosmology titled on one website “Debunking Christianity”). At 18:14 he even goes as far as to say that rare things happen all the time, including life. I wonder how he knows that?