William Lane Craig Debunked

William Lane Craig Debunked June 12, 2020


Some time ago, in his blog Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig described eight reasons why he thought god exists. See  here:


https://www.reasonablefaith.org/writings/popular-writings/existence-nature-of-god/does-god-exist1/?fbclid=IwAR2TtlM0M-gBuTOIImag-0iJlOmY_sfQI20XlFqtvHpT0BvPk5JmrSzBGzA 

I respond to his eight reasons below.

1. God is the best explanation why anything at all exists.

That’s just an assertion. The truth is we have no answer to that question. In fact, the ‘why question’ is not just a question – it is an opinion that there must be a purpose or meaning. I could ask, “Why do you think that?”!

  1. God is the best explanation of the origin of the universe.

That’s just an assertion. The truth is we have no answer to that question. We have some hypotheses but none of them are supported by repeatable observations yet (and may never be).

  1. God is the best explanation of the applicability of mathematics to the physical world.

Maths doesn’t really apply to the real world. According to maths, time can go backwards and temperatures below absolute zero can exist. Maths appears to apply to the real world because we have modified our equations until they are a close match to observations. Newton’s equations are pretty good, Einstein’s are better. Maths is a fabricated modelling system – a sort of lego for the intellect. 

  1. God is the best explanation of the fine-tuning of the universe for intelligent life.

‘Fine tuning’ is a fabrication – 99.99% of the universe is hostile to all life. Given the size of the cosmos, it is unsurprising that a few corners are habitable. Granted the parameters permit life but that’s not a reason to suppose they are intentional. If they were intentional – they are an abject failure in statistical terms!

 

  1. God is the best explanation of intentional states of consciousness.

That’s just an assertion. In fact we can observe a progression of increasing intellectual sophistication and complexity throughout the ‘tree of life’.

  1. God is the best explanation of objective moral values and duties

That’s just an assertion. In fact we can observe a progression of increasing socially cooperative behaviours throughout the ‘tree of life’.

  1. The very possibility of God’s existence implies that God exists.

ROFL! You can say the same for Humpty Dumpty.

  1. God can be personally known and experienced.

In your dreams?!

 

The fact is, we now know how to make a ‘best explanation’. It consists of gathering repeatable, shareable, observations and formulating a theory that models phenomena. 

Go back and start again William Lane Craig.

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