William Lane Craig

Confusing the Leibnizian and Kalām Cosmological Arguments

By William Lane Craig Feb. 24, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dear Dr. Craig,

As a former New Atheist and student of philosophy in United Kingdom, I have found your arguments for a creative intelligent mind behind the origin of the universe rather fascinating and compelling. Though, I have several insoluble dilemmas which I wonder if you could unpick and make sense of.

First of all, you invoke the KCA as your initial premise for belief in God (a God who created something rather than nothing). You're argument I believe to be valid, but listening to your debate with Dr. Lawrence Krauss, you said some interesting things which in-turn could provide a problem for the KCA and indeed the argument you use from Leibniz.

Your answer to the question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?", was essentially the KCA, or in other words, God is the explanation for this question ...

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How to Answer Objections: A Case in Point

By William Lane Craig Feb. 17, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dr. Craig,

I have been deeply troubled by a possible objection to the Kalam Cosmological argument which I believe is one of the strongest arguments for theism. In what sense can God be thought to exist as a timeless entity? Doesn't the notion of existence itself imply time. I'm not convinced that it is possible for something to "exist" without or outside time.

Should anyone on the other side bring up this objection, I think it would be very hard to refute. I would like to hear how you would answer this objection ...

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Scriptural Teaching on God and Time

By William Lane Craig Feb. 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dear Dr. Craig,

I have some questions on the issue of eternity and God. I understand that you hold to the view of God as timeless "before" creation and in time ever since ...

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Belly Flopping

By William Lane Craig Feb. 3, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dr. Craig,

I must say I feel completely defeated and I could use your help and insight. I had a discussion over God's existence tonight and totally botched it!! I feel I did a dis-service to the reasonableness of the Christian worldview.

I've been studying apologetics for quite some time. I felt I knew the material pretty well. Now I'm not so sure. Dr. Craig, I know you're one of the great Christian debaters. When you were younger, did you ever feel you completely botched a debate and felt like a failure? That is how I feel right now!! ...

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The Importance of Personal Devotions

By William Lane Craig Jan. 27, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy, Spiritual Formation

Good Morning Dr Craig,

Thank you so much for having answered my last e-mail in your reasonable faith podcast of 11-08-2015. I listened it in the bus to work, and was really surprised and glad to tears. Thank you.

I've read with a great interest your Q&A #52, about personal productivity, and it has raised more questions to me (as I begin to write myself and find a way to worship by writing):

Do you pray during your work, Augustine style? How do you pray for your writings in general?

How do you do your devotions? ...

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When Did Jesus Bear the Penalty for Sin?

By William Lane Craig Jan. 20, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

Dear Dr. Craig,

I have a question regarding the chronology of the atonement.

I know that, in one sense, the atonement encompasses all of Jesus' life in that it involves the imputation of his righteousness to us and not only our sin to him, and therefore we can say that everything from his birth, the silent years of his life, his baptism, temptation, etc. are all a part of the atonement.

On the other hand, the bible seems to focus specifically on the death of Jesus on the cross ...

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In What Sense Is It Impossible for the Universe to Come from Nothing?

By William Lane Craig Jan. 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. Philosophy

I am a medical student from Norway, and first I want to say that I am very grateful for your work as it has meant a great deal to both my interest in philosophy and my faith.

Last week there was a small debate in Oslo about the Kalaam cosmological argument in which an atheist philosopher claimed that it may be possible that something began to exist out of nothing because that statement did not involve a contradiction and hence was logically possible. In watching your debates and reading some of your work I understand you to agree that it is logically possible, but that since it goes against both our intuition and experience it is in some other way impossible or at least an irrational view to hold ...

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