God?: A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist

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Oxford University Press, 2004 - Religion - 156 pages
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"The question of whether or not God exists is profoundly fascinating and important. Now two articulate spokesmen -- one a Christian, the other an atheist -- duel over God's existence in an illuminating battle of ideas." "In God? A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist, William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong bring to the printed page two debates they held before live audiences, preserving all the wit, clarity, and immediacy of their public exchanges. Avoiding overly esoteric arguments, they directly address issues such as religious experience, the Bible, evil, eternity, the origin of the universe, design, and the supposed connection between morality and the existence of God. Employing sharp and humorous arguments, each philosopher strikes quickly to the heart of his opponent's case. For example, Craig claims that we must believe in God in order to explain objective moral values, such as why rape is wrong. Sinnott-Armstrong responds that what makes rape wrong is the harm to victims of rape, so rape is immoral even if there is no God. By assuming a traditional concept of God in their discussion, the authors ensure that they are truly addressing each other's viewpoints and engaging in a disagreement over a unified issue. The book is composed of six chapters that alternate between Craig and Sinnott-Armstrong, so that each separate point can be discussed as it arises. Ideal for courses in the philosophy of religion and introduction to philosophy, this lively and direct dialogue will stimulate students and anyone interested in the existence of God, regardless of whether or not they believe in God. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

A debate between a believer and a non-believer on the existence of God. Craig uses the exact same arguments he uses everywhere, and while his style and his arguments work very well in a live debate ... Read full review

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Armstrong poses very thought-provoking and insightful arguments in this 150+ page book. The point/counterpoint approach to subjects like this enriches the reading experience.
I come out an atheist after a thorough reading, as Lane's arguments weren't very convincing.

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William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology. His books include Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology, Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus, and God, Time, and Eternity. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Professor of Philosophy and Hardy Professor of Legal Studies at Dartmouth College. His books include Understanding Arguments, Moral Knowledge?, and Pyrrhonian Skepticism.

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