Coyne Declines Craig’s Debate Invitation; Craig Declines Mine

I contacted William Lane Craig a few days ago to see if he was open to scheduling a a debate in 2014. He declined, on the grounds that he is really scaling back his speaking engagements so that he can focus on his book about God and abstract objects, part of which will be delivered as a series of lectures in 2015.

Apparently, however, he is not completely withdrawing from the debate circuit. Jerry Coyne just declined an invitation to debate Craig.

Since a Craig-Coyne debate isn’t going to happen, perhaps now WLC could fit a Craig-Lowder debate into his schedule.

About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

  • nationofjoe

    I sure hope so! I thought you did great against Fernandes but Fernandes isn’t that strong of a debater, imo. It is such a shame there are not more of your oral debates available on the internet! It is also a shame that Craig has turned you (and others like Tabash) down so many times but is perfectly cool with challenging out-spoken biologists who lack a background in philosophy or religious studies. Might I suggest getting around his PhD-only rule and getting a doctorate at the same school Hovind got his? :P

    Also, I am running a debate collecting and reviewing site and since there are hundreds and hundreds of them available online I was wondering if you could make a post on your favorite debates. You have already made posts about the best and worst atheist debaters but I am interested in hearing the specific debates you enjoy from the topics of god’s existence, morality, secularism v theism, resurrection, evolution – anything! My blog is allthedebates at blogspot if you’re at all interested in reading my overly-long reviews.

    This comment is way longer than I thought it would be.

  • CleboOmusic

    Probably wise for Coyne to decline the invitation, Craig would have wiped the floor with him.

    • Msironen

      As much as I respect Dr. Coyne, I share your concern. WLC is nothing if not a professional debater where as Coyne is a professional biologist.

      • Steven Carr

        Craig wants to debate biology now, does he?

        Normally he has a list of subjects he will automatically blackball and refuse to defend.

        Perhaps he is changing and realising that he has to defend his beliefs, rather than refuse to debate any topic where he feels he cannot defend what he believes.

        • Bee

          I think the subject of the debate was not biology, but the compatibility of science and religion.

    • Gordon Duffy

      That’d be a first, I’ve never seen Craig rise above the level of “embarassment”

    • Jeffery Jay Lowder

      I’ve never heard Coyne speak and have no idea if he has prior debating experience. I’ll just say this: “The prior probability that ‘Craig would have wiped the floor with Coyne’ is high.”

      • CleboOmusic

        His writings on Van Inwagen and Plantinga are absolutely abysmal (worse than many a misguided intro to philosophy paper!!), if he spoke anything like that Craig would make him look like a fool.

        The only exception perhaps being Craig on animal suffering.

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  • Counter Apologist

    This sort of thing makes Craig’s antics with the “Dawkins Chair” even more ridiculous. He’s long refused to debate those who take the time to understand exactly what he’s saying in his arguments and know how to refute them.

    • Jeffery Jay Lowder

      I’m half-tempted to work with CFI’s CFA or the SSA and organize an “empty chair” speaking event of my own.

  • Ryan M

    I think that your past debate performances made you seem like a worthy opponent for Craig. But the past few years you have appeared even better.

    • Jeffery Jay Lowder

      Wow, thanks!

  •!/reNewedAtheist reNewedAtheist

    As a fan of WLC’s, I’d love to see you debate him. I’ll say as much on his FB wall.

  • ageofreasonxxi

    Jeff, are you really so desperate to debate a worthless hack and a genocide apologist? What’s wrong with you??