William Lane Craig to debate Hitchens, Carrier

UPDATE: Audio and video from a  panel discussion with Hitchens, Craig, etc. is linked here.

UPDATE: My play-by-play transcript of the debate is here.

William Lane Craig is arguably the most effective active defender of evangelical Christianity. He is currently finishing off a 5-day debating/ speaking tour in Ontario, Canada, but he also has an upcoming 4-day debating/ speaking tour in Quebec, Canada in February.

A listing of many of Bill Craig’s debates is here, along with links to transcripts, audio and video. Here is audio from a debate between William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong which I think is one of his better debates. It was later incorporated into book debate between the two scholars, which was published by Oxford University Press, 2004.

Craig is scheduled to debate Richard Carrier and Christoper Hitchens this year. The debate with Hitchens will be held on April 4, 2009 at Biola University. Radio show host Hugh Hewitt is the moderator. The debate with Carrier is scheduled for March 19, 2009 at Northwest Missouri State University.

Richard Carrier is a strong proponent of atheism, and did well in his debate (audio, video) with Mike Licona on the resurrection of Jesus. Licona has since been awarded his PhD from the University of Pretoria in South Africa with high grades, and would presumably do better in a re-match. Craig and Carrier debated before on Lee Strobel’s “Faith Under Fire” TV show.

Hitchens may be more of an easy win for Craig, as he struggled with the scientific and philosophical issues in his previous debate with Dinesh D’Souza, (video here). Hitchens also debated at Stanford University against Jay Wesley Richards.

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UPDATE 2: Panel discussion in Dallas, TX with William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Christopher Hitchens on atheism is also scheduled, details here. Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

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UPDATE: I analyze Hitchens’ case against God here, from his debate against Frank Turek.

4 thoughts on “William Lane Craig to debate Hitchens, Carrier”

  1. Even when Hitchens debated with Alister McGrath, it was not hard for Alister to pin down, so to speak Hitchens. Alister is a British gentleman… Had it been someone else, Hitchens would have intellectual bruises all over.

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    1. I actually don’t like Alister McGrath because he is way too nice. I am hoping that Bill will let Hitchens have it. If you check my post on his response to that student Martin from his Quebec speaking tour, I think there is hope that he will let loose on Hitchens. I actually think Hitchens might benefit spiritually from a through thrashing by someone far more experienced than he is. I think that atheists deserve better from rank-and-file Christians and we have let them down.

      There is such a thing as intellectually responsible atheism, and Anthony Flew is the epitome of intellectually-responsible atheism.

      I remember the first time I watched the Craig-Flew debate and I thought to myself “this is the greatest atheist I have ever seen in my life”. I really thought that Flew was just an amazing gentleman who would follow the evidence wherever it led. In the Q&A, some questioner suggested that he rebut Craig’s argument about the big bang using the oscillating universe. But Flew said he would not do it because that theory was not supported by science.

      If you are debating Flew or Quentin Smith or Austin Dacey, then you need to be careful to be a gentleman. These are fine atheists! But if you are debating Harris or Dawkins or Hitchens, I say you stomp them with both feet! (Not that I could, but I hope Craig does)

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