Does God exist? I will be debating William Lane Craig in Cork on 21st March

by Michael Nugent on February 9, 2017

Does God exist? I will be debating William Lane Craig on Tuesday 21st March in University College Cork.

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1 Coel February 10, 2017 at 10:31 am

Hi Michael, Craig will play heavily on the “Kalam Cosmological Argument”. He will try to blind you (and the audience) with science, talking about cosmology and quoting things like the Borde-Guth-Vilenkin theorem (e.g. link). This stuff is quite technical so fairly tricky for a non-physicist to rebut. I recommend mugging up on the ways that Sean Carroll (noted theoretical physicist and cosmologist) has rebutted this in his debates with Craig (e.g. link). You should have a prepared line regarding this stuff, though the best tactic would likely be to bypass it all, stating concisely why it is not relevant and doesn’t give Craig what he wants. Hope this helps, cheers, Coel.

2 Julian February 15, 2017 at 12:22 am

Michael,

If you have already agreed to a strictly formal debate, then it is very important that you learn how to use a flow sheet. A flow sheet is how debaters keep track of the various arguments in a debate. If you watch some of Dr. Craig’s debates, you might be able to notice that he himself is using flow sheets in his formal debates. Here is a link to a YouTube video that will help:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf6HBKgkSAM

If you have not agreed to a strictly formal debate, then I recommend that you don’t. Instead, you should insist on a more informal debate, such as the one used in the Kagan/Craig debate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiJnCQuPiuo

Since it does not use a strict formal debate structure, in which Craig has much training, it will put you on a more level playing field.

3 Citizen Wolf February 15, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Hope it goes well. I saw Craig twice when I lived overseas. Boy does he talk nonsense, but unless you’re prepared for it, he can come across as holding a ‘reasonable’ position. One of the atheists I saw him debate was wholly unprepared and looked like an idiot at the end, even though what Craig said was bollox. Wish I could be there for this encounter.

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