Sunday, April 19, 2009

Craig - Morriston Debate on the Kalam Cosmological Argument

William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and Wes Morriston, professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, had a debate/dialogue on the Kalam Cosmological Argument for the existence of God. The debate was held at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on March 16, 2009. No video or audio is available yet that I know of. While Morriston is a theist himself he has been a critic of the Kalam argument for some time. Both participants have now commented on what they thought of the debate. Morriston’s response can be found on his website here and Craig’s response can be found on his Reasonable Faith Podcast here. Both have written scholarly articles that you can pursue with interest at either of their websites. I remain persuaded that Craig has the better case. For those unfamiliar with the Kalam argument it is profoundly simple.

Whatever begins to exist has a cause.
The universe began to exist.
Therefore, the universe has a cause.

Craig’s third edition of his book, Reasonable Faith, has significantly expanded his material on the existence of God. It is well worth purchasing even if you own the second edition.

1 comment:

Brian said...

If you come across the audio, please let me know.