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Biology and physics professors debate whether Christianity is true

The new Unbelievable debate is up, and this time Justin found a fine Christian. A professor of nanotechnology who has enormous intellectual firepower and an incredible scientific background. The atheist is Lewis Wolpert, a very high-profile atheistic cell biologist in the UK, who debated William Lane Craig a while back.

The speakers:

Atheist scientist Lewis Wolpert debates believing scientist Russell Cowburn. Professor Lewis Wolpert is Emeritus Professor of Biology at University College London. Professor Russell Cowburn is Chair of Nanotechnology at Imperial College.

Cowburn is formerly of Cambridge University. Although he does concede evolution in the debate, yuck! That part where he concedes evolution is a little annoying. Still, he is a fine speaker, he radiates competence and confidence, and does a great job of explaining Christianity. I wish I could send him a Signature in the Cell. We have so much more evidence for intelligent design today, that there is no reason to make those concessions!

The MP3 file is here.

One funny thing occurs when Lewis Wolpert says that he gave up belief in God (as a Jew) when God wouldn’t help him to find his cricket bat. He also says that he has never heard of any evidence for God’s existence, which is odd since he debated Bill Craig.

If you listen to the whole thing, Justin also says that Wolpert will be back to debate William Dembski in January 2010 as part of a series on intelligent design. (Expelled is going to be released in the UK in 2010)

Wolpert’s case:

  • Religious belief exists because it provides an evolutionary advantage
  • There are so many different religions so Christianity cannot be correct
  • There haven’t been enough recent miracles

Cowburn’s case:

  • The kalam cosmological argument
  • The fine-tuning argument
  • The historicity of the resurrection

The full debate is available here at the web site of the church which hosted the debate. I note that it’s a independent evangelical Baptist church and I’m an independent evangelical Baptist, so yay! Just take a look at this church’s web page – it’s filled with debates! Now this is the church I would attend if I lived in London.

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5 Responses

  1. [...] BIOLOGY and physics professors debate whether Christianity is true …. [...]

  2. xxx says:

    Lots of lame reviews on that “Signature in the Cell” book page on Amazon from evolutionists.

    I love the part where one evolutionist claimed ID has no prediction. Then a pro-ID guy told him that ID predicted that there’s no junk DNA, and that the prediction has been recently proven true. And that this prediction is contrary to evolutionist prediction that there is such thing as junk DNA. Hence in this case, ID got it right, evolution got it wrong.

    The lame reviews make me really want to buy that book!

    • I’m reading it now. I think it’s a must-have.

    • James says:

      Well, you’ll find that very often in the Amazon reviews. I’ve noticed a group of 5 or 6 people who are all over the reviews section of every single ID-related book, even if it’s not in any way associated with Discovery Institute.

      Amazon review sections for any controversial topic tend to draw stalker-esque behavior and extremely polarized ratings. If a book I’m interested in is on such a topic, I tend not to bother with the reviews. It’s always more of the same.

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