William Lane Craig's Origin Story

Deacon Duncan, our Freethought Blogs neighbor at Alethian Worldview has a post at his original site, Evangelical Realism, where yesterday he analyzed William Lane Craig’s cosmological arguments for the existence of God by William Lane Craig. In setting up he recapped part of Craig’s journey to his place as America’s most popular Christian apologist:

 As we saw before, he converted for social reasons, without ever finding (or seeking) solid, intellectually robust evidence for God, and now that he’d bought into Christianity, he seems to have been uncomfortable with his lack of a good justification for what he’d committed himself to.

Fortunately for his faith, he happened to pick up a book entitled The Resurrection of Theism by Stuart Hackett, in which Hackett laid out a number of arguments, the “centerpiece” of which became the core of Dr. Craig’s famous kalam argument. With his wife’s encouragement, he applied and was accepted as a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham (UK) under Dr. John Hicks. Lacking sufficient funds to pay for it, however, they began to pray, and eventually, through his wife’s family connections, they got a grant from a non-Christian businessman, which Dr. Craig attributes entirely to the Lord. (Apparently, God does not have any compunctions about tampering with people’s free will to get money out of them, as long as it doesn’t save their souls from eternal torment.)

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  • Andy Onymous

    This is a joke…right? This isn’t a serious, sincere attempt at laying his academic origins…right?

  • Aliasalpha

    I thought william lane craig’s origin story involved getting bitten by a radioactive idiot

  • Hazuki

    Fascinating. I’ve wondered what Craig’s start of darkness was for a long time, and if it were as banal as van Til’s (he slept in a barn, heard noises, got scared, prayed, and that was it). This person is incredibly arrogant and as the debate with Kagan showed is prone to projection and emotionalism.


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