The Craig-Pigliucci debates.
Heck yeah, William Lane Craig is awesome. He always gives the same opening speech, and has a very fine-tuned delivery. The various atheists he debates are always different. He hasn’t lost a debate yet, except perhaps one to a lawyer named Tabash.
I also have all the Real Video of Craig’s debates (various topics) that used to be on the web. The site that carried them has been down for about a year (TheGreatForum) probably due to bandwidth problems. If anyone wants them, let PhilVaz know in Email.
Yep. He tells me every time I visit him in perpetual adoration.
Even with all the difficulties I have with God, faith and the Church (which I follow because of Peter’s answer to Christ’s question toward the end of John 6), I consider the existence of God no-brainer. At least with my brain. Everything I have ever seen in my life has a cause of some sort.
just look outside an appreciate the sky and the flowers god is there;)
The existence of God is a matter of faith. I have heard all the rational arguments for the existence of God from the Jesuits through The Physics of Immortality which had an equation to prove the existence of God. They are all imperfect rationalizations limited by finite human intelligence.
[quote=hermit]The existence of God is a matter of faith. I have heard all the rational arguments for the existence of God from the Jesuits through The Physics of Immortality which had an equation to prove the existence of God. They are all imperfect rationalizations limited by finite human intelligence.
True, which is why I believe there is a God–because I know how limited I am as a creature and cannot explain in any other way why human beings are what they are. As Chesterton said (quoting from memory here) man is either the creation of a God or the mad invention of nature for he is too great to have merely evolved but too small to be God himself.
"God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh"
[quote=hermit]The existence of God is a matter of faith.
I think I read somewhere that Pope (St.) Pius X included in his attack on Modernism a denunciation of those who said that the existence of God could not be known through reason. Of course, I think he was wrong on that point (and on a few other unrelated points).
Of course, he was a holy man–his finest accomplishment was extending Communion to young children who have reached the age of reason.
Does God exist?
Here’s a clue…
If you follow atheism to its final destination, it comes to the conclusion that “you” (whoever may be reading this) don’t exist. And neither do “I”. Check out behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner’s work as an example. He and others like him figure humans don’t actually have a mind/personal existence of their own. They say “you” only think you’re “you” because society caused you to think such.
And to me, that makes perfect sense if we don’t have a metaphysical soul. All you atheists need to realize that your religion/philosophy/whatever inevitably leads to nonexistence of “yourself,” and “others.” (“We’re a product of our environments”–genes too, in atheism, come from the environment)