March 1 Debate Between W. L. Craig and Victor Stenger

The Oregon Faith Report relates the details:

The OSU [Oregon State University] Socratic Club will sponsor a public dialogue entitled, “Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God,” on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.  William Lane Craig will argue for the Christian view that a personal God exists and Victor J. Stenger the atheist position that there is no God.

Is God the greatest fact or the greatest illusion?  Of all the questions posed by philosophy this is surely the most important.  Has scientific knowledge made belief in God unnecessary and outdated?  Is the universe all there is and God merely a human invention and a fantasy?  Or is there an uncreated being, who is absolute, perfect, eternal, and personal that we call God?  These issues will be addressed by two distinguished philosophers who will offer widely differing points of view.

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The Socratic Club is in its eighth year as a student organization at OSU. The Club is modeled on the original Socratic Club, which was founded at Oxford University in 1941, with C. S. Lewis serving as President.  At OSU it offers a forum for opposing points of view on subjects of contemporary debate at the intersection of Christian belief and contemporary culture.  Each speaker is given 25 minutes to present one side of an issue, after which the two query each other regarding their differences before the floor is opened to questions from members of the audience.  Two events are planned for each quarter.  For more information visit the OSU Socratic Club online at http://oregonstate.edu/groups/socratic/

The mp3 of their previous 2003 debate is available here.

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7 thoughts on “March 1 Debate Between W. L. Craig and Victor Stenger

  1. Pingback: William Lane Craig debates Victor Stenger: Does God Exist? | Wintery Knight

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  4. It’s interesting that the OSU club has titled the debate “Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God.” Even though Victor Stenger is an adjunct professor of philosophy in Colorado, he does not have any earned degree in philosophy (not even undergrad).

    It would make more sense to say “A Philosopher and A Physicist Debate the Existence of God.”

    • Hi Yo,

      Yes, I think that would be more accurate. From what I recall from their first debate, Stenger’s approach wasn’t very sophisticated philosophically. It’ll be interesting to see how this debate compares with their last one.

  5. Thanks for posting this! This debate should be very good.

    It’s nice to see Craig getting this wonderful opportunities to demonstrate the explanatory scope of Christianity!

    Godspeed

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