Monday, June 16, 2014
William Lane Craig vs Richard Dawkins
Professor Richard Dawkins is an articulate speaker and a gifted and entertaining writer. He also may well be a gifted Biologist though I don't have any truly independent way to verify it given my lack of biological training. What I'm pretty sure he's not is a gifted theologian or philosopher. Despite his continued success and myriad accolades, Professor Dawkins has been taken on (manhandled some might say) by the likes of David Stove, David Berlinski, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Edward Feser and many others.
There seems to be an assumption in the world at large that the tide and the times favor Dawkins and his materialist approach to existence. I beg to differ. There are a host of highly trained (and highly intelligent) voices out there who lay bare the deficiencies of the canonized atheist lines of argumentation - often with a flare and humor of their own. Professional atheist Sam Harris has noted that Professor William Lane Craig "seems to strike fear into the hearts of my atheist colleagues" and with good reason as is demonstrated in the video below where Professor Dawkins failed to even show for their debate at Oxford.
Professor Craig does a fine job out outlining the Cosmological Argument for the existence of God. There may very well be excellent refutations for this argument, but they are not emerging from the mouth nor pen of Richard Dawkins.