Review of Craig-Law Debate on God’s Existence

(Redated post originally published on 24 October 2011)SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT OF "DOES GOD EXIST?" (2011) WITH WILLIAM LANE CRAIG AND STEPHEN LAW 17 October 2011 Westminster Central Hall Storeys Gate, London SW1H 9NHby Jeffery Jay LowderCONTENTSAbout This Summary and Assessment Debate Summary Debate Assessment Other Reviews of the DebateABOUT THIS SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT As always, while I've tried to be accurate, I don't claim this is perfect. If you find errors, … [Read more...]

Reply to Wintery Knight’s Review of the Craig-Law Debate

(Redated post originally published on 26 October 2011)I recently submitted the following feedback to WinteryKnight's review of the Craig-Law debate. Wintery Knight -- You must have listened to a different debate than the one I did. For example, in summarizing Stephen Law's first rebuttal, you write:"Craig thinks that you need an objective standard in order to judge things as objectively good or evil. But that’s false. I can use my subjective opinions to claim that some things are o … [Read more...]

Do Proponents of the Argument from Evil Try to Have it Both Ways? A Reply to David Wood

(Redated post originally published on 26 October 2011)According to David Wood (see here), atheists who appeal to the argument from evil are logically inconsistent. Why? Wood offers the following explanation: For instance, atheists seem to be arguing (1) that human beings are so good that God shouldn’t allow us to suffer, and (2) that human beings are so bad that God shouldn’t have created us (or given us free will, etc.). That is, atheists are simply shocked that a good God would allow hum … [Read more...]

Apologist Josh McDowell: Internet the Greatest Threat to Christians

(Redated post originally published on 19 November 2011)This is old news, but cries out for a comment. According to The Christian Post, Josh McDowell has declared the Internet to be the greatest threat to Christians. As the editor of an Internet anthology rebutting McDowell's book Evidence That Demands a Verdict, I naturally found this announcement to be of great interest. McDowell has steadfastly refused to even acknowledge our rebuttal, much less learn from it. Speaking at the … [Read more...]

Here’s One Way to Resist Naturalistic Arguments: Lack Belief that Matter Exists!

A Christian apologist writing under the pseudonym 'InvestigativeApologetics' stated the usual objection to atheism, namely, that it's impossible to prove or give evidence for the non-existence of God. The fact is that atheists who yell that “there is no evidence for God (or Christianity)” are protesting too much, so to speak, and they are, in fact, projecting the weakness of atheism onto theism. For truth be told, it is atheism, at least when in its wide and positive sense, that is the view for … [Read more...]

Are Pain and Suffering the Only Evidence for Atheism?

Frank Turek is a Christian apologist, debater, and author or co-author of several books, including I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (see my rebuttal here). He recently tweeted the following:Truth? #truth #apologetics — Frank Turek (@Frank_Turek) February 11, 2016 Make sure you click on the link that begins with "" to see the infographic.Such a tweet is simply embarrassing. For Turek (and for his source, Dennis P … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig on the Prior Probability of Theism and the Fine-Tuning Argument

One objection to fine-tuning arguments for God's existence goes like this: simply showing that so-called 'fine-tuning' is more probable on theism than on atheism isn't enough to show that God exists. One must also take into account the prior probability of theism.William Lane Craig responds to this objection in a recent Q&A on his website. He begins: Your professor’s objection will be more comprehensible if we put it into the context of the probability calculus. Let’s compare the pro … [Read more...]

William Lane Craig Admits His Debate Quotations of Anthony Kenny Are Misleading

In his popular debates on God's existence, William Lane Craig is fond of quoting philosopher of Anthony Kenny regarding the combination of atheism and Big Bang cosmology.Now this tends to be very awkward for the atheist. For as Anthony Kenny of Oxford University urges, "A proponent of the Big Bang theory, at least if he is an atheist, must believe that … the universe came from nothing and by nothing." (See, for example, here)In my 1999 debate with Phil Fernandes, I responded roughly as f … [Read more...]