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Introduction

William Lane Craig is is a philosopher and a Creation Apologist who's most famous for his defense of the Kalam cosmological argument for God's existence. He is an established author and has wrote a number of books talking about Christian apologetics, the church, theology, cosmology and other topics. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, which he received from Wheaton College, a summa cum laude Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a doctorate. in Philosophy at University of Birmingham and received a doctorate in Theology at the University of Munich.[1]


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Biography

William Lane Craig and his wife, Jan.

William Lane Craig was born in Peoria, Illinois on August 23, 1949 and is one of three children. He was a student at East Peoria Community High School and in his junior year, became a Christian. When Craig was in high school, he was an excellent debater. In his senior year in high school, he was named to the all-state debate team and won the state championship in oratory. The college Craig decided to go to was Wheaton College, which is a Christian college, and majored in communications. After Craig graduated college in 1971, he married his wife, Jan. They met when she was a staff member of Campus Crusades of Christ. Shortly afterwards, Craig went on to do numerous things like: study the philosophy of religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, began his studies in philosophy at the University of Birmingham in England, which led him to write about the cosmological argument under John Wick. This study ultimately made him write his very first book, The Kalam Cosmological Argument, which is one of the most popular books that he's ever written.

Craig went on to do many things after he wrote his first book. He was a teacher at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for seven years, the subject he taught was philosophy on religion. He then decided to be a teacher for a short time at Westmont College, but decided to move to Belgium to do more research for another seven years, which resulted in seven more books, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Craig then worked at Talbot School of Theology, working in the Department of Philosophy and Ethics, a position he still holds to this day. He also decided to become a professor at Houston Baptist University in 2014.

After all Craig has done for science as a whole, he has received a lot of accolades.In 2014 and 2016, Craig was alumnus of the year by Wheaton (2014) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2016). In 2017, William Lane Craig received an endowed chair in philosophy and a permanent faculty position at Biola University for his academic efforts. He was also named as one the 50 Most Influential Living Philosophers. As of right now, Craig is focusing on his website and apologetic ministry, ReasonableFaith.org.[4]

Debates

William Lane Craig debating Alex Rosenberg.

William Lane Craig is a very talented debater, and is a skillful one as well. Craig knows a lot of facts and quotes about his subject at hand, so when his opponent brings up a statement that's false, he will instantly catch their mistake and will point it out perfectly. He also stays calm and collected, so whenever his opponents bring a really good point, he usually has a well prepared response that his opponent will have hard trouble figuring out.

One of the toughest opponents Craig has ever had to debate against was Austin Dacey. Craig and Dacey have debated each other twice, both debates Craig won, but not by much. The first time they debated each other, Craig controlled Dacey in terms of him responding to Craig's arguments, but Dacey had just as many organized points as Craig did. The only problem was that Dacey's responses didn't sound nearly as appealing as Craig's responses and that's the reason Dacey lost the first one.

The second debate was really similar to the first one, but this time Craig focuses on a couple arguments and brings a lot more information. This time Dacey could respond well to Craig's responses, but would only use mathmatical equations, which could be fine for other people, but for others could be bland. Dacey seems to lose again, because like last time, Craig's points were more attractive than Dacey's, so Craig seems to win. [5]

Publications

Books

  • Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (1994)
  • On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision (2010)
  • Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (2003)
  • Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time (2001)
  • A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (2013)
  • Hard questions, real answers (2003)
  • Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism : Omniscience (1991)
  • The Son Rises: Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus (1981)
  • God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist (2003)
  • Theism, atheism, and big bang cosmology (1993)
  • On Guard for Students: A Thinker's Guide to the Christian Faith (2015)
  • God Over All: Divine Aseity and the Challenge of Platonism (2016)
  • Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus (1989)
  • The Kalām Cosmological Argument (1979)
  • God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity (2001)
  • Four Views on Divine Providence (2011)
  • Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration (2004)
  • The cosmological argument from Plato to Leibniz (1980)
  • Jesus' resurrection (2000)
  • The Only Wise God: The Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom (1987)
  • Is God Real? (2007)
  • God Are You There (1999)
  • The tenseless theory of time (2000)
  • The tensed theory of time (2000)
  • The Problem of Divine Foreknowledge and Future Contingents from Aristotle to Suarez (1988)
  • God and Abstract Objects: The Coherence of Theism: Aseity (2017)
  • Does God Exist? The Question You Can't Ignore (2015)
  • Time and the Metaphysics of Relativity (2001)
  • Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar Redeeming the Soul Redeeming the Mind (2007)
  • Did Jesus Rise From the Dead (2014)
  • Apologetics an Introduction (1984)
  • The historical argument for the Resurrection of Jesus during the Deist controversy (1985)
  • Knowing the truth about the Resurrection (1988)
  • No Easy Answers (1990)
  • The Existence of God and the Beginning of the Universe (1980)
  • Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism: Omniscience
  • Does God Exist? 6-Pack: The Question You Can't Ignore (2018)
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? The Debate (1995)
  • Reasonable Faith, Third Edition: Christian Truth and Apologetics (2017)[6]

Video

Highlight video of William Lane Craig.

References

  1. Unknown Author. William Lane Craig Rational Wiki. Web. Last Accessed October 6 2017.
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  4. Unknown Author. William Lane Craig Wikipedia. Web. Last Updated October 9 2017.
  5. Muehlhauser, Luke. William Lane Craig’s Debates CSA. Web. Last updated on February 7, 2009.
  6. Unknown Author. Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics Google. Web. Last Accessed October 12 2017.