William Lane Craig is a very, very good debater. Prior to a debate, he researches the positions of his opponent and is always well versed on the debate subject. He confines his responses to brief, poignant rebuttals which he has rehearsed multiple times. He routinely engages in mock debates prior to the real debate.
If you listen to the short Youtube clip above, you will learn that WLC will rarely agree to debate “just any atheist off the street”. He claims he doesn’t want to give these “popularizers” a platform. He doesn’t want to give them the spotlight. Craig only wants to debate atheists and agnostics who are top scholars at secular universities.
In the few instances in which WLC has agreed to debate an “ordinary” atheist these experiences have been “just awful”, in Craig’s view, due to the fact that these “popularizers” haven’t done the hard work of getting a degree and doing serious scholarship. Craig grimaces and adds, “The level of the conversation is so low with these people that it is just awful. It’s debating people who don’t even understand the issues, much less people who are able to give good arguments in favor of their view. These debates have been, in general, very unprofitable.”
If the topic of the debate is the origin of the universe or the source of morality, I can see how Craig is correct in insisting that his debate opponent be well educated and well versed in difficult academic subjects such as cosmology, philosophy, and logic.
But such academic training is completely unnecessary to debate Craig or any other Christian regarding the central tenet of his or her belief system: that the ghost of a first century peasant named Jesus of Nazareth “dwells within him”, speaking to him in a “still, small voice”, giving him comfort, guidance, and the promise of eternal life!
No, my friends. One needs no more education and training to reject this preposterous superstitious claim as did the small child who rejected the complicated, sophisticated-sounding arguments of the Emperor’s tailors. “Invisible cloth is not real. The Emperor is not wearing any clothes!”
Theistic apologists like William Lane Craig desperately want their debates to sound intellectually challenging, sophisticated, and complicated. But there is nothing intellectual, complicated, or sophisticated about ghosts, Mr. Craig. Ghosts are not real!
No one is living “within you”, Mr. Craig, except…you! You are talking to yourself.
You are operating under a superstitious delusion, WLC. A delusion taught to you as a child by an ancient, fear-based cult. One does not need a degree in cosmology, philosophy, or logic to know that virgins do not give birth to demi-gods, humans cannot walk on water, and brain-dead corpses do not come back to life to fly off into outer space.
Any ten year old who has not been brain-washed by your cult knows this, WLC. Your core belief is silly and preposterous. There is no more need to debate it than there is to debate the claim that the earth is flat…or that invisible clothing exists.
(Mic drop and walk off the stage.)
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