At Biola College, April, 2009. Two titans clashed.
Hitchens died December 15, 2011. He was considered the chief spokesman for the New Atheist movement. He was an audience charmer with a cool, suave, confident air about him, but he often used this as a way to bolster weak arguments. He could certainly sway an audience.
William Lane Craig remains a very formidable philosopher and apologist with an extraordinary level head, keen insight, relentless Christ-centeredness and as bold as a lion.
Some of these obviously involve multiple questions…
1. Does the universe have a beginning that requires a cause? If so, what was this cause?
2. Is materialistic determinism compatible with the intrinsically probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics?
3. How do you account for the physical parameters of the universe (the gravitational constant, the strong nuclear force, the mass and charge of a proton, etc.) being finely tuned for the existence of stars, planets, and life?
4. Why is the human mind naturally fluent in the language of mathematics, and how do you explain the eerie, seemingly unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in describing the laws of nature?
5. Do you believe that DNA repair mechanisms, catalytically perfect enzymes, and phenomena such as substrate channeling are best explained by naturalism? If so, why are rational human scientists and engineers so woefully incapable of imitating the precision and complexity of cellular machinery that (presumably) arose…
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