My 1998 Article: William Lane Craig: Christian Theism’s Hired Gun

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On April 3, 1998, Christian philosopher William Lane Craig debated Oxford chemist Peter W. Atkins (pictured at right) on the existence of God at the chapel of the Carter Presidential Center in Craig's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. According to one of the Christian organizers of the event, former President Carter had shown interest in introducing the debaters, but was out of the country at the time. William F. Buckley, Jr., of "Firing Line" fame, served as the moderator. The Craig-Atkins … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

On Generalizing about the Other Side’s Dishonesty and Ignorance

Randal Rauser and Chriss Halquist have been exchanging a series of posts about the alleged dishonesty and igorance of apologists. (See Randal's latest post here.) If Randal's post is an accurate summary of the exchange with Hallquist--and I have no reason to doubt that it is--then my technical judgment of this exchange can be summed up in one word: "ouch." With all due respect to Christ, Randal's post seems to be a very solid critique. So What? Why This Matters The … [Read more...]

Parsons is Mean

Someone named Randal Rauser thinks I am being mean to fundamentalists: http://randalrauser.com/2013/06/laughing-at-fundamentalists-lessons-from-john-loftus-and-keith-parsons/ I am. I ain't a Christian. I don't turn the other cheek or love my enemies or pray for those that say mean things about atheists. What justifies ridicule? The ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed. Well, we should spare the innocent ridiculousness of those who cannot help it--the genuinely, pathetically dimwitted or … [Read more...]

My Guest Post on Randal Rauser’s Blog

In case you don't already follow Randal Rauser's blog, The Tentative Apologist, he has been posting a series of guest posts by prominent atheists on his blog about "why they don't believe." Rauser just posted my short essay, for which I am truly grateful. Rauser offered a few comments on my short essay. I, in turn, would like to offer a few short comments of my own. “He [Draper] taught me that, if I want to be a philosopher of religion and not an apologist” However, I’m not … [Read more...]

Christian Apologists vs. the Kalam Cosmological Argument

In the last couple of days, two Christian apologists have published critiques of the Kalam cosmological argument. #1: Calum Miller Calum Miller provides an extremely thorough, open-minded critique. #2: Danny Faulkner Over at Answers in Genesis, Danny Faulkner has written an interesting article entitled, "Universe by Design: Misconceptions about General Relativity, Cosmology, and the Big Bang."  Among others, the article has a section entitled, "The Big Bang Does Not Prove God's … [Read more...]

Books I’d Like to Read Someday

The Mystery of Existence: Why Is There Anything At All? – John Leslie & Robert Lawrence Kuhn, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, April 2013) This compelling study of the origins of all that exists, including explanations of the entire material world, traces the responses of philosophers and scientists to the most elemental and haunting question of all: why is anything here—or anything anywhere? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why not nothing? It includes the thoughts of dozens of … [Read more...]

On Dealing with Doubt

If you ever spent much time reading Christian apologetics, you’ve probably encountered writings which counsel Christians on “dealing with doubt.” (If you haven’t, do an Internet search on “dealing with doubt” and click on some of the links in the search results to see what I’m talking about.) The assumption seems to be that doubt is either intrinsically bad or, at the very least, potentially dangerous (insofar as it might lead to nonbelief). I have to confess I find myself … [Read more...]


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