Atheism: Five Arguments for God
It’s perhaps something of a surprise that almost none of the so-called New Atheists (like Richard Dawkins) has anything to say about arguments for God’s existence. Instead, they tend to focus on the social effects of religion and question whether religious belief is good for society. One might justifiably doubt that the social impact of an idea for good or ill is an adequate measure of its truth, especially when there are reasons being offered to think that the idea in question really is true. This essay presents five arguments for God’s existence that interact with the arguments atheists make for their beliefs.
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, where he has taught since 1994. Dr. Craig has graduate degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MA, 1974; MA, 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (PhD, 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (DTheol, 1984). He has written over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, and he has also authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument (Wipf & Stock, 2000); Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology (Clarendon, 1995); and God, Time, and Eternity: The Coherence of Theism II: Eternity (Springer, 2001).