Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Physicist Lawrence Krauss Soundly Defeats Apologist William Lane Craig in God Debate - In a stunning but perhaps unsurprising upset, Physicist Lawrence Krauss utterly annihilated professional Christian debater William Lane Craig at a debate at North Carolina State University on March 30.
Craig argued four points of deism, and one point about the historicity of Jesus, to lay the case that God is real, and specifically it is the Christian god.
Krauss did well by avoiding Craig's well-known spin doctoring and semantic game, and instead answered the question of the debate specifically. Is there evidence FOR God?
Krauss said that while it is plausible that a deist god exists, it isn't as likely to be true given that there isn't much evidence for it. So, we must conclude there is probably no god, especially not a specific one as described in Christianity.
All in all, it was a good debate. It's one of the few times that I've seen William Lane Craig visibly flustered. There were some awkward moments when Craig, a Christian theologian, tried to argue physics with Krauss, a physicist. Craig even antagonized one of the questioners before fully understanding the question.
All in all, the debate was an almost uneven-handed power play in Krauss's favor. In Krauss's words, "I'm motivated by physics, and Dr. Craig is motivated by thousand-year-old myths and legends."