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William Lane Craig

William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949), according to Wikipedia, is an American analytic philosopher and Christian theologian. He holds faculty positions at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and Houston Baptist University.

Sam Harris has described Craig as "the one Christian apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists."

Craig has been described as offering people today the best refutation of non-belief in the god of Christianity. He describes himself as a believer in science and agnosticism and is said to have formed his argument to interact with contemporary scientific and philosophical developments.

But like the theism of the scholastics back in the Middle Ages, Craig's theism is built upon assumption. God, he says, is the best explanation why anything at all exists. But compels us to pretend that we should have such an explanation? What happened to Craig's agnosticism? What is erroneous about holding that it is beyond our ability to know or to explain existence? Why should we give to humankind the mental power to fathom such profundity? God as the best explanation of anything, including the origin of the universe, is indeed an argument, but it's a specious argument for belief in God.

On 23 December 2018, Dr Craig was discussed in a NY Times opinion article by Nicholas Kristof who was writing a series about a series of conversations about Christianity. Christmas was approaching and Kristof asked he asked Craig whether he was confident that Jesus was born to a virgin.

Craig said,

I’m reasonably confident. When I was a non-Christian, I used to struggle with this, too. But then it occurred to me that for a God who could create the entire universe, making a woman pregnant wasn’t that big a deal!

Kristof asked why we can’t "accept that Jesus was an extraordinary moral teacher, without buying into miracles?"

Craig replied: "You can, but you do so at the expense of going against the evidence." Then he attempted logic in trying to explain what he calls evidence. He claimed:

I champion a "reasonable faith" that seeks to provide a comprehensive worldview that takes into account the best evidence of the sciences, history, philosophy, logic and mathematics.

It seems that the virgin birth of Jesus for Christians (and Muslims) remains more in the realm of miracles than in modern historical (evidentiary) methodology.

Psychologists call Craig's wishful assumptions "motivated cognition:" deciding what you want to believe and using your reasoning power to get you there."


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