Upcoming debate with William Lane Craig

For tickets go here: http://www.premier.org.uk/craig


AIGBusted said…
Hope it'll get recorded, and I know you'll do well.
Stephen Law said…
Thanks - will do my best, obviously.
Anonymous said…
Hopefully you've been given advice not to underestimate Craig.

Laurence said…
I really hope this gets recorded because I really want to see it. I love Philosophy Bites podcast that you are on.
Alan Fox said…
I suspect quite a few people have already suggested that debating Craig is going to be counter-productive.

For example:


He has debated several prominent atheists in this way and, for example, Christopher Hitchens, found the experience frustrating.

Below is a link to a blog that has a summary of Craig's debates with video and audio links which you may find useful (or already be aware of).


Anyway best of luck.

(Though I have my doubts how anyone can sensibly philosophically argue for the existence of God(s. You either fall back on Gods) being immaterial entirely, in which case they might just as well not exist, or God(s) can have effects in the material world, in which case we can examine the scientific evidence. No factual claim for the power of divine intervention has ever been supported when subjected to scientific study. So it boils down to whether one is emotionally disposed to believe claims for divine existence. This, of course should be a personal choice and a basic human right for everyone, a much more important issue, in my view.

Anyway, best of luck!
Alan Fox said…
Apologies, I did not notice the previous thread where you have already been "bombarded" with good advice.
Stephen Law said…
That's OK Alan. It's all useful....
I currently lean towards thinking that atheists should not agree to debate Craig because of his habitual dishonesty.

But that's not very useful to you right now. So instead, I'll say that I attended his debate with Sam Harris live, and thought Harris did an excellent job. I recommend both watching the debate online, and reading Harris' comments on it:

frances said…
We'll be there (4 of us in my family) & wearing our Atheist T-shirts (literally). I listened to the debate between WLC & Grayling re the problem of evil & personally I didn't think WLC was so great. His arguments included a very obvious appeal to authority. But having said that, the consensus, even amongst atheists, is that he is a formidable opponent - the triumph of style over substance, I think.
Jojo Jacob said…
craig says that the debates are going to a draw

Reynold said…
Well, don't know how much this will help, but maybe this example of how Craig really feels about evidence may come in handy.
Rere said…
People who keep on saying don't debate craig because of his way of arguing theism is just obnoxious. The point of debate is to show who is more convincing, and if one had better arguments then one should crush craig's theism so people can think.
Opting not to debate, to me if one has better argument is really like a kid closing his ear and sing lalalala at the top of his lungs.... Just silly ignorance.

I applaud you Stephen, i hope you can present your case better than other atheist debater so far.