Monday, October 1, 2012

A challenge to Christian apologist William Lane Craig

Christian apologists love debates. The reasons for this are unclear, seeing as this modicum of discussion is a bit outdated and the entire affair is more of a rhetorical contest than a method of establishing proof or consensus about any particular topic. Then again, I guess, the reasons for this are not at all unclear--they're right up the religious alley.

In God Doesn't; We Do, I take a few decent swipes at various arguments presented by famous Christian apologist William Lane Craig, author of the book and website (of the same name) Reasonable Faith. Indeed, I'd say I go quite a bit further in God Doesn't since I devote a decent chunk of Chapter 7, "The Problem of a Silent God," to what I call the "Problem of Apologetics," which indicates that, as an oxymoron, "reasonable faith" is actually an argument against the existence of God, not for it.

In any case, I lay out a challenge, of a sort, in that same section of that chapter, directed at anyone willing to get up and do it, so I might as well extend the challenge formally to Dr. Craig or any other willing Christian apologist or theologian. They like debates (especially with infidels), and I'd love to give them the chance to debate me. Here's what I write in God Doesn't:
The main difference here, of course, is that such literary apologetics are fun simply because of the utter honesty involved: fiction is being itself instead of posing as a collection of purported absolute facts about the actual universe that we live in. As a matter of fact, it is a powerful testament to the advancement of literature in the past two thousand years, as well as to the value of this honesty, that the story of Harry Potter is leaps and bounds more believable than the fictions of the Bible or the Qur'an, without even trying to be and without the most influential and powerful agents in the world working for several centuries to invent arguments to back it up. I think, in fact, that it would be of particular interest to hear an accomplished apologist and skilled debate-artist like William Lane Craig, just for the fun of it, make his best case for the existence of Hogwarts, anti-muggle protection charms and all. Were any to be held on the matter, I would sincerely bet that if he put his heart and mind to the task, Craig could win a fair share of the debates against some intelligent amagicists. Can you prove, absolutely, that there is no Hogwarts? If not, then, well, expelliarmus!
So, this lays out the challenge to Dr. Craig, or any other willing Christian apologist. I'll debate with you the following topic, and only the following topic: "Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry exists." I'll even be so kind as to let Dr. Craig, or whomever, choose which side of the debate he would like to be on, since I don't think it would be fair to presuppose that Dr. Craig would take up the side that Hogwarts really does exist.

So, Dr. Craig... what do you say? I say expelliarmus and await your reply.

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