Why won’t Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig?

Cynical.

I found in the UK Guardian an article that caught my eye because it mentioned my Fool’s Club friend Richard Dawkins.  You know Dawkins, right?  He’s one of my deluded “new atheists” who go about spewing bile and hatred in the name of reason and science.  I like bile and hatred.  I almost like Richard Dawkins.

The article, by Daniel Came and entitled “Richard Dawkins’s refusal to debate is cynical and anti-intellectualist,” makes some interesting points and raises some pressing questions.  The article explores Dawkin’s refusal to debate noted Christian apologist and debater William Lane Craig.   Essentially, Mr. Came, a self-proclaimed sceptic, believes Dawkins uses “opportunistic” excuses in refusing to debate Craig.  Mr. Came believes Dawkin’s excuse on a finer point of Craig’s interpretation of an Old Testament event actually is a “smokescreen to hide the real reasons for his refusal to debate Craig.”

A couple of months ago FoxNews reported on this phenomena in an article entitled “Christian Philosopher William Lane Craig Is Ready to Debate, but Finds Few  Challengers.”  In the FoxNews article, Dawkins is listed as one of many world-famous atheists who have turned down invitations to debate Craig, including the president of the British Humanist Association, Polly Toynbee, who pulled out of an agreed debate  at London’s Westminster Central Hall in October, saying she “hadn’t realized the  nature of Mr. Lane Craig’s debating style.”

Ha ha ha ha ha.

I’ve made them all fools, my friends.

Now Dawkins is an arrogant birdbrain, for sure.  I know because I was instrumental in deceiving him into what he is.  But I’m curious, my friends and servants: just why do you think Dawkins and other outspoken atheists refuse to debate Craig?

16 Responses to “Why won’t Richard Dawkins debate William Lane Craig?”

  1. Well, here’s what I think:
    http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/richard-dawkins-responds-to-craigs-debate-challenge-in-a-uk-guardian-editorial/

    I think he is afraid that Craig will call him on his use of moral language, even though he doesn’t believe that there is such a thing as good and evil, objectively.

  2. “Just why do you think Dawkins and other outspoken atheists refuse to debate Craig?” – Of course this is just conjecture, but I’m guessing it’s related to my reasons for not agreeing to a cage match with Chuck Liddell, should I ever be asked to engage in one ;)~

  3. Dr. Craig can even quote and use Nietzsche better than R. Dawkins, besides Dawkins points are retreads, trite cliche’s dressed up in the latest fashion.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    @Papist I think a debate with WLC is comparable with a cage match with Chuck Norris rather than Liddell😉

    And I think Craig is not very easy to provoke, which is something Dawkins loves to do.

    • Totally agree. I’ve seen some debates by Craig and I haven’t yet seen him refuted, (even though he uses the same points, so I’d have assumed his opponents could prepare easier….).

      Also its refreshing that he debates the God question from the point of Philosophy not Theology, hence it should cut straight to the heart of what Dawkins was attempting with his “God Delusion” book.

  5. I have a prediction and a curse. The false prophet Harold Camping will die of a stroke before his next birthday. SPREAD THE WORD.
    May all the false prophets, apostles, liars, and thieves be accursed.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Say, does anyone know if he showed up or not? I can’t find it anywhere on the internet!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    @free
    you do realize that when Camping does not die of a stroke before his next birthday, YOU are a false prophet as well, don’t you?

  8. Mike Neutzling Says:

    I’ve heard Dawkins in a quasi-debate with Ben Stein. Dawkins started babbling something about the space alien theory of origins, and that he considered it a plausible theory. Anything would suit him but the ridiculous Creationist ideas. The bemused Stein just had him keep repeating this lunacy. It was sad.
    If that was Dawkin’s idea of debate, well, the cage match analogies above definitely apply.
    These evolutionists have no ideas really. They cannot really even think. They go around like kids on Halloween pretending to be something they are not. They get a big charge out of putting on their intellectual masks and shouting “BOO!” at the unsuspecting. They are not the self-identified “great debaters of the age”. They are self-deluded, intellectual frauds. They really are to be pitied.

  9. Craig and (Peter) Kreeft are the best. They know much about many things, atheists (even with PhD) are only children before them. And they know that.

    I read Reasonable Faith from Craig. It is incredible. I strongly recommend it. Also, any book from Kreeft. I am readin now the abridgement Kreeft did on St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa. By the way, I read any Kreeft’s article. He is fantastic.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    This guy sounds a lot like he’s learned about debating from Al Gore.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    @mike neutzling

    WLC believes in evolution too… (kind of a shame, really)

  12. vengeance Says:

    If this craig guy is genuine then fine. If he is a fraud, spiritual rapist, liar, thiev, etc. he is going to die of a heart attack before the end of 2012.

  13. If this craig is an honest person then fine. If he is a con artist, pedaphile, liar, thief, etc. then he is going to die of a heart attack before the end of 2012

  14. I would like to explain what people refer to as “The Gospel” or “Good News”. In this explanation, I will discuss God’s grace, which unfortunately so many people do not understand or have never been clearly explained.

    Unfortunately, many people attend a Christian church regularly (or attended one in the past) but have never been clearly taught what the Bible stresses as the most important decision that one could ever make. It is only in making this decision that one actually becomes one of God’s children and is “saved” from His eternal judgment. This decision deals with what is referred to as “The Gospel”. If you have never heard “The Gospel” before, here it is. Around 33 AD, Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, paid the price for every single person’s sin in history by dying the death of crucifixion at the hands of the Romans. He willingly died for every person’s sin that has ever lived and every will live. That includes both you and me. He willing died a death that we deserve for our moral failures in life. Jesus was brutally beaten, whipped, mocked, spit upon, nailed to a wooden cross, and then died. Three days later, He rose from the dead, as He foretold His disciples (group of followers). Jesus then ascended into heaven forty days later. He currently lives with God, His father, in heaven today. During Old Testament times (times prior to the birth of Jesus Christ – B.C.), people had a keen awareness of their moral guilt, as any honest person still does today. I know that I have wronged many people and have felt a deep-seated guilt within many areas of my life. Many people during Old Testament times sacrificed animals to God as a form of limited atonement for their immoral actions. God often accepted these sacrifices, but only in a temporary and limited way. Over time, God changed this extremely limited form of atonement, as He had planned from the very beginning of time. Moreover, God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ down to the Earth. Since Jesus was both sinless and blameless, He willingly died on the cross as an unlimited atonement. It was in God’s will for His son to die in this way. This unlimited atonement is available to any person who whole-heartedly repents of their sins (moral failures) and then asks God to personally apply Jesus’ undeserved death and resurrection as a payment for their sins. It is imperative here that one believes the crucifixion of Jesus Christ was ultimately an act of God’s grace. God did not have to offer an escape from our moral guilt and eternal punishment. However, God is gracious. He has a compassion and love for people that is indescribable. God wants to “wipe the slate” clean for us, in regards to our moral failures. Through this action, we could then enter a personal relationship with His son Jesus Christ and escape his eternal judgment. The Bible refers to moral failures as ‘sin’, or missing the mark of God’s perfect standard of morality. “Sin” is an ancient archery term for an arrow that missed the target. God is loving in the purest sense of the word and would like to grant us victory over the sins that still haunt us from our past. All we have to do is accept this gift of grace from Him. It is free.

    God promises us a way to become morally blameless and gain entrance into heaven after living our physical live here on Earth. Here is what we must willingly do on our part. First off, we must truly believe that God is gracious and extended His grace by allowing His one and only son to die as a ransom for our sins on the cross. We must admit to God that we have failed morally during our lifetime and that Jesus Christ’s brutal death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could ever forgive our sins. After making this decision (accepting God’s grace), we are immediately forgiven of all past, present, and future sins. In addition, we would be guaranteed entrance into heaven after our physical death here on Earth. We would then live with both God and His son Jesus forever. We would be guaranteed to see all of our loved ones who had made this decision during his or her physical lives on Earth.

    You could make this decision today. Please do not wait for the “perfect time”. You could ask God for eternal forgiveness through applying the death and resurrection of Jesus to your life within the quietness of your bedroom tonight. This is the most important decision that you will ever make.

    So you might be asking, “Where in the Bible does it explain what has just been summarized?” Here are some passages clearly stating that Jesus seeks a personal relationship with us:

    “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
    – Romans 10:9-10

    “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; “
    – Acts 3:19

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
    – John 3:16

    As long as you repent of your past sins (moral failures) from the heart, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and apply Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection on the cross as a payment for your sins, you are guaranteed eternal life with God in heaven. You can make this decision at any time, anywhere. You can make this decision alone with God or within a group setting.

    Please know that one cannot sit the fence on making this decision of accepting God’s gift of grace. If one chooses not to decide, he or she has still made a choice. This would be like receiving a check (hearing “The Gospel”) but never endorsing and cashing it in at the bank (personally applying Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection towards one’s sins).

    “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
    – John 3:18

    The result of not choosing to accept Gods gift of grace, which offers eternal life with both Him and Jesus in heaven is clear. You will live the remainder of your life here on Earth apart from Jesus Christ and His empowerment. You will then follow your life plan and not His plan for you. After you physically die, you will then be brought to a dark place where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. It is a place of eternal regret. Here, you will remember this very letter and how you were told the truth but chose not to repent and begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Remember, if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You could be diagnosed with a terminal illness tomorrow or be the recipient of a head-on collision while returning home on that all too familiar, two-lane highway this Friday night. If you are considering starting your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please do not wait to make this decision. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

    The following passage outlines the only requirements Jesus Christ has set to both gain eternal life and begin a personal relationship with Him while you are still alive here on Earth. He makes it crystal-clear in the Bible what is required…

    “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
    – Romans 10:9-10

    God has a plan for your life. You can watch this plan unfold once you accept His gift of grace. This great plan involves your life experience while here on Earth and continues after your physical death on into heaven.

    “For I know the plans that I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
    – Jeremiah 29:11-13

    Please consider what I have said here. I am not sure if you have ever made this decision before, but I needed to make sure that you had the facts. If you should decide that you want to learn more about the life of Jesus and gain a better understanding of authentic Christianity, I strongly recommend reading the book of John within the Bible (NASB or NIV translation).

    In closing, here is a verse that someone once shared with me that finally brought me into a relationship with God during an extremely low point physically and emotionally. The understanding of Jesus’ desire to know me personally changed my life forever. Here it is:

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”
    – Revelation 3:20

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