Initial Impressions on the Andrews-Schieber Debate: Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)Justin Schieber's Case against Christian TheismSchieber presents three arguments against Christian theism: (1) the GodWorld argument; (2) the soteriological argument from evil; and (3) an argument about the possibility of divine lies in the Bible. Let's each argument in turn.The GodWorld ArgumentSchieber defines "GodWorld" as "that possible world where God exists alone (AND nothing else exists) for eternity." The arguments runs as follows.(17) If the … [Read more...]

Oxford University Professor Charles Foster Supports a Craig-Lowder Debate

Oxford University Professor Charles Foster is the author of The Jesus Inquest, a very even discussion of the arguments for and against the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. Foster discusses the arguments in The Empty Tomb extensively in his book.Foster has stated I would make a worthy debate opponent for WLC.  In his own words: Richard: you mention that I cite Lowder and Price’s book in my book ‘The Jesus Inquest’, and you infer that I think that Lowder is a serious thinker and a wor … [Read more...]

Richard Carrier Asks, “Is William Lane Craig Afraid?”

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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...]

Did Jesus Exit? – Part 1

Let me lay my prejudices out on the table, before I get into the pros and cons about Bart Ehrman's case for Jesus being an actual historical person.My current opinion is that it is very likely that Jesus existed, but I don't think that anything about Jesus is certain, so I would allow for about one chance in ten that Jesus was NOT a real person.I am a skeptic about the claim that "Jesus rose from the dead", so although my current opinion favors an historical Jesus, I have an interest in … [Read more...]

Craig’s Argument from Intentionality

Here is my summary of Craig’s “argument from intentionality” in his recent debate with Alex Rosenberg. 5. God is the best explanation for the intentional states of consciousness in the world. Philosophers are puzzled by states of intentionality, the state of being about something or being of something. It signifies the object-directendess of our thoughts, such as thinking about my summer vacation or about my wife. But no physical object has this capability. A chair, a stone, or a glob … [Read more...]

When is a Debate “Win” Significant?

A reader asked me if I had watched the debate between William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg. Here is my reply. No, I haven't seen it. I've read some of Rosenberg's book, The Atheist’s Guide to Reality, however.  My prediction is that WLC not only “won” the debate, but that Rosenberg did awful. Why would I make such a prediction? Three reasons. First, Rosenberg is not a specialist in the philosophy of religion. Here is how he summarizes his areas of focus: My interests focus on probl … [Read more...]


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