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William Lane Craig meets the Reasons to Believe panel

Here’s the video: (106 minutes)

Host:

  • Kenneth Samples, philosopher

Panel:

  • Hugh Ross, astrophysicist
  • Dave Rogstad, astronomer
  • Jeff Zweerink, astrophysicist

Guest:

  • William Lane Craig, philosopher

Topics in the first hour:

  • is there a pro-theism/pro-Christian revolution going on in philosophy departments today?
  • is the revolution in philosophy spreading outside of the Anglo-American sphere?
  • has the progress of science hurt or helped the traditional theistic arguments?
  • is the epistemological argument from reason from Alvin Plantinga convincing?
  • what is the significance of the “heat death of the universe” for atheism?
  • can atheism rationally ground objective moral value and objective moral duties?
  • can atheists make any rationally-grounded moral judgments?
  • should Christians abandon rational arguments and evidence to appeal to postmoderns?
  • what is middle knowledge and Molinism and how are they different?
  • how would a Wesleyan/Arminian respond to the verses that seem to favor Calvinism?
  • how do arguments and evidence work with God’s drawing people into a relationship with him?
  • can God achieve full sovereignty over the universe merely by controlling circumstances?
  • what are counterfactuals and how are they related to middle knowledge?
  • what is Dr. Craig’s disagreement with Einstein’s special theory of relativity?
  • how does this disagreement with Einstein affect a person’s view of time?

And then there is an hour of questions from the callers, where topics like the Incarnation, God’s purpose in creating the universe, sin and Hell, annihilationism, and the “best” argument for God’s existence, and so on are covered. This is getting rave reviews by other Christian apologists on Facebook.

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5 Responses

  1. Shanice says:

    I was most interested in hearing what they had to say on the topic of molinism, middle earth, and God’s all knowingness, but I unfornately didn’t understand or get much of what Dr. Craig had to say. If anyone can explain it in lamens terms that would be wonderful. It begins at about 30 minutes I believe.

    • Paul explains it in Acts 17:22-31:

      22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.
      23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘ N D ‘ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.
      24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
      25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
      26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
      27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;

      28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
      29 “Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
      30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
      31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

      It’s basically the idea that God knows what everyone would freely choose in any situation, so he can order the world in such a way that everyone makes free choices, but he still gets the outcomes he wants and have complete knowledge of everything that will happen. The key concept is called “counterfactual knowledge”. This is knowing what people will freely choose in a situation. For example, if I have no work to do tomorrow, then I will stay home and play Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy. People who know me well know that this is true about me. And God knows everyone REALLY well, which is why he knows what everyone will do.

      More here:
      http://www.denverseminary.edu/craig-blombergs-blog-new-testament-musings/middle-knowledge/

      Almost everyone loves middle knowledge who understands it. People who don’t like it usually can’t define it properly. It’s totally awesome.

  2. Paradox says:

    I think it’s unfair to say that Dr. Craig disagrees with Special Relativity Theory. Nothing about it dictates that we accept Herman Minkowski’s interpretation, I think.
    Minkowskian Formalism, or Lorentzianism? that is the question!

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