I’m re-posting this old episode of the Ben Shapiro show. They discuss arguments for God’s existence in the first 25 minutes. The spend the first 26 minutes on arguments for God,and the next 16 minutes on Christian distinctives. They spend a bunch more time responding to common arguments for atheism, and finally Ben asks Dr. Craig how he became a Christian.
William Lane Craig, philosopher, theologian, and best selling author of numerous books including “On Guard: Defending Your Faith With Reason And Precision,” joins Ben to discuss the hard sciences vs. philosophy, the cosmological and ontological arguments, Jesus, slavery, gay marriage, and much more.
- Why are we seeing such a decline in religious belief in America?
- Why are mainline denominations in Christianity and Judaism emptying out?
- What was the driver behind the move away from religion starting in the 1960s?
- Why is their a gap in the university and in the broader culture between reason and religious belief?
- What is the strongest argument for God’s existence?
- What is the most compelling argument for God’s existence for this culture?
- Respond to Richard Dawkins’ challenge that God needs a cause.
- Why does the universe have to have a cause?
- Does Darwinian evolution provide grounds for our awareness of objective moral values and duties?
- What is the strongest objection to the cosmological argument?
- What is the strongest objection to the moral argument?
- What about the objection that the existence of the universe is just a “brute fact” and doesn’t need an explanation for it’s existence?
- What about David Hume’s objection to the law of causality?
- What about objections to the cause of the universe from apparently uncaused events in quantum mechanics?
- What is the ontological argument, and why is it frequently dismissed?
- How do we get from an unmoved mover to a moral God?
- Which arguments show that God is a mind?
- How do you show that God is present and active in time now?
- How do you move from God as Creator, Designer and moral lawgiver to a God who has revealed himself to human beings?
- Who does Jesus claim to be in the gospels, and what is the evidence that his claims were correct?
- From the Jewish perspective, this narrative has some problems. First, merely declaring yourself as the Messiah is not seen as a punishable offense.
- Second, the real problem is that Jesus vision of himself as the Messiah is completely different than how Jews have understood the Messiah. The Messiah in Judaism has always been a political figure who is destined to restore the Kingdom of Israel, bringing more Jews back to Israel, etc. Claiming to be God, though would be blasphemy and a punishable offense.
- Why is resurrection proof of divinity? Wasn’t Lazarus also raised from the dead?
- The gospels were written decades after the events they claim to describe. Should we still see them as reliable enough to infer that the resurrection really happened?
- Couldn’t legends have been introduced in the gap between the events and the time that the events were recorded?
- Is it enough for us to have a Creator God, or is there a reason for God to reveal himself to us?
- Tell us about your experience debating atheist scholars on university campuses.
- Has any an atheist ever caused you to doubt your arguments?
- The problem of human evil is easy to respond to, but how do you respond to the problem of natural evil, i.e. – suffering from events in the natural world, such as birth defects or natural disasters.
- Atheists like to bring up specific disagreements they have with the Bible, e.g. – same-sex marriage, abortion, slavery, genocide. How would you respond to those?
- Regarding slavery in the Bible, isn’t it the case that people sometimes do things that are not prescribed by God, and the Bible merely records that?
- How would you respond then to people who push for same-sex marriage by arguing that this is a case where God wanted same-sex marriage, but couldn’t press for it because the people were not capable at that time and in that culture?
- When discussing specific issues of morality, do you try to argue from a natural law perspective or from the morality in the Bible?
- How would you respond to someone like Jordan Peterson who approaches religion teachings pragmatically, focusing on behaviors rather than the rational grounding of those behaviors?
- How do you speak to young people about God without them losing interest?
- How did you become a Christian?
- As the influence of Judeo-Christian religion recedes, what do you see filling the void, and how do you see that affecting Western civilization going forward?