Monday, September 21, 2009

William Lane Craig vs. Lewis Wolpert: Is God a Delusion? Debate MP3 Audio

William Lane Craig debates Lewis Wolpert on the topic: Is God a Delusion? Moderated by John Humphrys, with an entertaining discussion time at the end. Also added to the WLC Audio Debate Feed.

Full MP3 Audio here. (1hr 45min)

Enjoy.

7 comments :

Leslie said...

After listening to this, I don't really know what to say other than "wow." How obtuse can a person be? He offers no evidence for his position at all - he just brings up vague theories about how certain things came to be, for which he offers no evidence (because he has none). When Dr. Craig brings up serious questions, he simply ignores them or attempts to discard them on the basis of his own assumptions. When Dr. Craig brings up serious arguments, again Wolpert does the same - although here he throws in some questions of his own which are patently sophomoric. And his comments on the gospels are so disappointing, especially since he concedes his personal ignorance of the issues.

But above all, I loved when he called Dr. Craig "ignorant." Yes, simply because a person might not agree that evolution is the obvious answer, let's resort to ad hominems!

Anyway, I would say Craig obliterated Wolpert, but Wolpert didn't even offer anything to obliterate. I will say this though - Wolpert generally seemed honest about things. He didn't try to beat around the bush to make himself sound reasonable (except in the agnostic/atheist thing) - he was consistent with his worldview, which made it obvious how poorly his worldview fairs when facing scrutiny.

Brian said...

Interestingly, when Craig pointed out that Wolpert had committed the genetic fallacy, Wolpert's response had to do something with genetics. As if he didn't know what the genetic fallacy was... but may the discerning listener judge for himself.

Haecceitas said...

Wolpert also seemed to think that the Christian view of God is that he has a human body.

Brian said...

Haecceitas,

Yes, I picked up on that too. It always amazes me when I hear someone say something along the lines of "we haven't found God in this galaxy," or something similar.

iceman121 said...

I watched the debate and all I can say is wow. I think Dr Craig did rather well in this debate. He brought forth good sound arguements using physics and science. On the other hand Dr wolpert brought up the resurrection Christ which was not the debate topic committing a Red Herring
fallacy and bringing up theories. I also had to laigh when Craig brought up the Genetic Fallacy Dr wolpert thought it had to do with actual Genetics when every philosophy student knows the Genetic fallacy is when you dismiss the arguement based on its orgins because you dont agree with it

Peter said...

Wolpert was simply a wally! It was hilarious to watch him destroy his own argument by unwittingly describing God as the "special computer" behind the universe! Poor Dr Craig must have been using all his energy to stay calm and patient with this irritable old man.

Timonardo said...

Well done from WLC, not so well from Wolpert who basically had no case other than personal opinions and mock WLC of being ignorant. What was the hand touching thing in the end..? Trying to save face or pleed for mercy? By the way, he wasn't the first atheist to fall back to "It's ok to say I don't know" rhetoric when the bullets run out, but in a debate... I think believers also state "I don't know" when it comes to properties, mind or motives of God, so we too don't claim to know everything.

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