Monday, February 9, 2009

Carrier Will Debate Craig.

Richard Carrier one of the major voices of the secular web (and one of the few to actually Finnish graduate school) will debate William Lane Craig.

(North West Missouri State)
All the details have been settled at last: I will debate William Lane Craig on the Resurrection of Jesus at the Mary Linn Performing Arts Center on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri the night of Wednesday March 18 (2009) at 7pm (on the corner of College Ave. and College Park Dr).
The event is being sponsored by the campus Philosophy Club. Admission will be free, but it's first-come-first-serve, and I'm told the venue might fill, so there's no guarantee everyone will get in--but if you're planning to come from out of town, you might be able to get a reservation (see below). It will be recorded, and there may be a video and transcript released eventually (certainly one or the other, if not both), but possibly not for a long while.
I would really love to see that although I am skeptical that such debate accomplish anything. Having been in "real debate" (NDT style policy debate) for years back in the golden age of policy debate (1970s) it seems silly to debate about religious truth. Anything can be sold in a debate round, and the real issue in a debate is not truth but who is the better debater. Since Craig has had four decades of experince and has debated all sorts of people including the best athesit philosopher of the 20th century after Bertrand Russell (Antony Flew), my money is on him to win. I'm not sure what winning means or what it will accomplish.

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