Does God Exist?

11 April 2006

Does God Exist?, records a recent debate between philosophers William Lane Craig and Antony Flew. The debate coincided with the 50th anniversary of the famous Copleston-Russell exchange. No less than 8 respondents comment on the debate, leading to a variety of perspectives on the issues raised by Flew and Craig.

In the debate, Craig is in usual form, defending the Kalam Cosmological Argument, the Teleological Argument, the Moral Argument, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the Experience of God. His presentation, both his opening remarks and his subsequent rebuttals, is concise and effective. Flew advances the problem of evil, and he also objects to the intelligibility of an unembodied agent and the doctrine of Hell. His presentation is not as effective, however, because the objection about Hell is not really germane to the subject at hand, and the objection against unembodied minds is similarly unimpressive (as Flew gives little in defense of the supposed unintelligibility). Although the Problem of Evil can be a good argument, Flew ended up trying to defend Aquinas’ doctrine of divine concurrence. Since Craig has defended a Molinist solution to human free will and divine foreknowledge, Flew’s objections turn out to be mostly irrelevant to Craig’s position.

Most of the respondents add useful discussions. This book provides a good opportunity to familiarize oneself with leading philosophers of religion on both sides of the coin, including Douglas Geivett, Paul Draper, and Michael Martin, among others. Perhaps the most useful portion of the book is at the end, where Craig and Flew respond to their critics. Flew does a decent job tidying up some loose ends, but Craig really gives an impressive effort. As usual, he concisely responds to almost every single objection advanced against his position, and establishes once again a solid case for the existence of God.

This book is very rewarding. The debate is fast-paced and exciting, but necessarily with a lack of substance. However, the respondent essays and the final papers by Craig and Flew add meat to the exchange. Thus, although the debate is not quite exceptional, Does God Exist? is well worth a look.

  1. Battle lines are being drawn on the web for a confrontation so contentious, any clash of civilizations will have to wait its turn. On one side, a single manuscript by an unknown author titled: The Final Freedoms, against all the gravitas two thousands years of religious tradition can bring to bear.

    This, the first wholly new interpretation for 2000 years of the moral teachings of Jesus the Christ focuses specifically and comprehensively on marriage and human sexuality, challenging all natural law theory and theology. At stake are several thousand years of religious tradition and history.

    What at first appears an utterly preposterous challenge to the religious status quo rewards those who persevere in closer examination, for it carries within its pages an idea both subtle and sublime, what the combined intellectual histories of religion and science have either ignored or dismissed as impossible. An error of presumption which could now leave tradition staring into the abyss and humble the heights of scientific speculation. For if this material is confirmed, and there appears to be both the means and a concerted effort to authenticate it, the greatest unresolved questions of human existence may finally have been untangled.

    Published only on the web and distributed freely as a pdf download, made up of twenty nine chapters and three hundred and seventy pages, this new teaching has nothing whatsoever to do with any existing religious conception known to history. It is unique in every respect.

    Using a synthesis of hundreds of scriptural elements from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls,The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the worlds greatest poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle and offers its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds to an act of perfect faith with a direct, individual intervention into the natural world; making a correction to human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness, human ethical perception, and providing new, primary insight and understanding of the human condition.

    Also called the Gospel of the Resurrection, this new interpretation reveals the moral foundation of all human thought and conduct and finds expression within a new covenant of human spiritual union, the marriage [Hieros gamos] between one man and one woman. It resolves the most intractable questions and issues of human sexuality and offers possibilities for peace, health, healing and cultural development political process has yet to dream of.

    This new teaching is pure ethics. It requires no institutional framework, no churches, no priest craft, no scholastic theological rational, costs nothing and ‘worship’ requires only conviction, faith and the necessary measure of self discipline to accomplish a new moral imperative.

    As the first ever religious teaching able to demonstrate its own efficacy, the first ever religious claim to knowledge that meets both the ideal and criteria of the most rigourous, testable scientific method, this teaching enters the public domain as a reality entirely new to human history.

    The beginnings of an intellectual and moral revolution are unfolding on the web. And anyone trying to imagine where solutions to the worlds most difficult conundrums will come from, may comprehend from this material, the catalyst that might very well define the very future of humanity and the earth itself!

    Download links: http://www.energon.uklinux.net

    http://thefinalfreedoms.bulldoghome.com
    Robert Landbeck    Jun 21, 09:54 AM    #
  Textile Help