Frank Turek interviews William Lane Craig at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics. Dr. Craig speaks on his experience with the Reasonable Faith tour in the UK.
Bill Craig is heading to the UK to intellectually defend the existence of God. Here goes…
Dr. William Lane Craig has been asked to lecture across the United Kingdom – the first opportunity to do so in four years! Presenting the case for the truth of the Christian faith to thousands of students at such prestigious institutions as Cambridge University and Oxford is a special blessing as these students that may otherwise never hear Christianity thoughtfully defended.
Cambridge and Oxford are “home base” to the authors of two of the most popular books casting doubt on the existence of God today: Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design and Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion. Dawkins has refused numerous requests to debate Craig, so Bill will instead present an intelligent and gracious answer the charges levied in The God Delusion before a packed house of listeners eager to hear an alternate view.
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In October 2011, William Lane Craig, arguably the world’s leading Christian academic apologist, will once again visit the UK for a series of lectures and debates.
Following his highly successful Reasonable Faith Tour in 2007, Bill will again present the case for the truth of the Christian faith, responding both to Stephen Hawking’s recent book The Grand Design as well as to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, which will then have just seen its 5 year publication anniversary.
Richard Dawkins has thus far declined a debate, but the door is open to him defending his book The God Delusion on 25th October 2011 at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
The details of the tour are still being arranged, and the schedule below will be updated as events are finalised.
17th October 2011 at 7.30pmWestminster Chapel, London
Premier Christian Radio Debate on the existence of God with a well-known atheist (TBA)
19th October 2011 at 7.30pm Cambridge
Public lecture on Stephen Hawking’s The Grand Design
22nd October 2011 from 9.30am – 5.30pm Westminster Chapel, London
Bethinking National Apologetics Day Conference
Opening and closing lectures from William Lane Craig. Further lectures from Gary Habermas, John Lennox and Peter J. Williams
25th October 2011 at 7.30pm Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Lecture “Is God a Delusion?” A Critique of Dawkin’s The God Delusion
26th October 2011 at 7.30pm Manchester
Debate “Does God Exist?” with Dr Peter Atkins
“Why isn’t there more of this kind of thing being preached from church pulpits? If there were, I’d go more often and I’d stay awake during the sermon!”
— Comment from a self-confessed irregular churchgoer during the 2007 Reasonable Faith Tour.
… by Oxford “philosophy lecturer and fellow atheist” Daniel Came for refusing to debate William Lane Craig, who has debated many “new atheists”.
Well, people have been calling Dawkins a coward for ages for this exact reason.
Imagine if a Christian wrote a book critiquing the new atheism and then said during an interview: “Richard Dawkins — never heard of him…”, yet this is what the coward said of 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:
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?
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.
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Jerry Coyne of Faith and Religion (13:10 min; MP3 link)
Response to Hawking and Mlodinow (20:36 min; MP3 link)
Lawrence Krauss on Creation Out of Nothing (8:53 min; MP3 link)
Questions for Stephen Hawking (13:56 min; MP3 link)
This PDF download is written by Dr. William Lane Craig.
The first section lays out “The Cosmological Argument from Contingency” and concludes:
So what does [Richard] Dawkins have to say in response to this argument? Nothing! Just look at pages 77–78 of his book where you’d expect this argument to come up. All you’ll find is a brief discussion of some watered down versions of Thomas Aquinas’ arguments, but nothing about the argument from contingency. This is quite remarkable since the argument from contingency is one of the most famous arguments for God’s existence and is defended today by philosophers such as Alexander Pruss, Timothy O’Connor, Stephen Davis, Robert Koons, and Richard Swinburne, to name a few.
Just imagine if a Christian wrote a book criticizing biology without interacting with arguments from the leading biologists. I hope no Christian wold be that dishonest in their scholarship.
A couple of other snippets:
The Kalam Cosmological Argument re Dawkins
Now, fortunately, Dawkins does address this version of the cosmological argument. Remarkably, however, he doesn’t dispute either premise of the argument! Instead, he questions the theological significance of the argument’s conclusion.
The ontological argument response re Dawkins:
Dawkins devotes six full pages, brimming with ridicule and invective, to the ontological argument, without raising any serious objection to Plantinga’s argument. He notes in passing Immanuel Kant’s objection that existence is not a perfection; but since Plantinga’s argument doesn’t presuppose that it is, we can leave that irrelevance aside. He reiterates a parody of the argument designed to show that God does not exist because a God “who created everything while not existing” is greater than one who exists and creates everything.47 Ironically, this parody, far from undermining the ontological argument, actually reinforces it.
H/T to The Gospel Coalition.
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?
If you have additional information on these debates, please post the information as a comment.
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?