Wintery Knight

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Debates and lectures

Debates on atheism and morality

My summary of the William Lane Craig (of Biola) vs Shelly Kagan (of Yale) debate at Columbia University on the topic “Is God Necessary for Morality?” is here.

Here are some prior debates on the rationality of morality on atheism.

  1. From Christianity Today, a written debate: Douglas Wilson vs. Christopher Hitchens
  2. From the University of Western Ontario, a transcript of a public debate: William Lane Craig vs. Kai Nielsen
  3. From Schenectady College, a transcript of a public debate: William Lane Craig vs Richard Taylor
  4. From Franklin & Marshall College, William Lane Craig vs. Paul Kurtz (audio, video1, video2, video3, video4, video5, video6, video7)
  5. From the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, William Lane Craig vs. Louise Antony (part1, part2)
  6. A debate from the Unbelievable show between a Christian pastor and a lay atheist

Lecture on atheism and morality

You can get the full story on the requirements for rational morality in a published, peer-reviewed paper written by William Lane Craig here. You can also see him present the paper to an audience of students and faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.

The video of this lecture is the best material you can get on this issue, and the Q&A from the hostile audience is vital to the lesson.

Debates on Darwinism and intelligent design

Some debates on Darwinian evolution and intelligent design

  1. Stephen Meyer vs. Michael Shermer on Lee Strobel’s “Faith Under Fire” TV show.
  2. Michael Shermer debates Jonathan Wells at the pro-Darwinism Cato Institute (in 7 parts), MP3 audio is here.
  3. Massimo Pigliucci debates Jonathan Wells for the pro-Darwinism PBS, downloadable video and audio.
  4. John Lennox debates against Michael Shermer about the existence of God.

Debates on the resurrection of Jesus

  1. William Lane Craig vs. Richard Carrier. Audio of the debate is here. Carrier’s admission of defeat is here, on his blog. Craig’s post-debate response to Carrier is here and here.
  2. William Lane Craig vs. Bart Ehrman. Video is here . The full transcript of the debate is here, so you can follow along with the video.
  3. Mike Licona’s first debate with Ehrman (audio, video).
  4. Ehrman’s debate with Peter Williams on the UK-based Unbelievable radio show.
  5. Ehrman’s debate with Dan Wallace
  6. William Lane Craig against Gerd Ludemann (audio of their re-match is here),
  7. William Lane Craig against John Dominic Crossan (audio of the debate is here),
  8. N. T. Wright against John Dominic Crossan (audio of the debate only is here)

Debates on the existence of God

Debates on other topics

Many more debates

A huge list of debates is here, courtesy of ChristiaJR4.

9 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Will check them out. Thanks!

  2. Michael says:

    Cool, thanks WK!

  3. Matt says:

    You need to add mine to the list :-)

  4. Charles says:

    Thank you!

  5. Grace says:

    Hello… are there any Christianity vs Catholicism debates? And have you posted about the differences between Christianity & Catholicism? I’ve noticed many Catholic blogs in the ‘manosphere’ (I’m not sure if that term is still used) but I haven’t seen any born-again, Bible believing Christian bloggers who have spoken out about the many differences.

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