Another Example of Craig’s Dishonesty
In the past I have mentioned that I feel that the famous Christian apologist, William Lane Craig, is on my list of the most dishonest public religious figures. The reason I feel this way is really simple. I firmly believe that Craig is an extraordinarily intelligent human being. The mental gymnastics that he comes up with as attempts to prove his god are stunning. It is brilliant rhetoric and has been quite effective. He very much grasps the issues at hand. He has debated many people with opposing views. In the various YouTube debates I have watched, I think he performs quite poorly. His position is untenable; it can’t be defended against someone properly prepared to debate him. I must say, to the chagrin of many atheists, that I do feel he got the best of Christopher Hitchens in their debate. Hitchens’ performance, at least to me, could only be described as “Obama-like”.
Craig has made the news today. The Christian Post reports that once again Craig has asked Richard Dawkins to debate him, and one again, Dawkins has refused. In light of this refusal, Craig has apparently “Eastwooded” Dawkins. You are now guessing what that means and your idea is correct, Craig debated an empty chair and pretended it was Dawkins. This is a small example of Craig’s dishonesty.
Craig apparently used some excerpts from Dawkins writings to “debate” him. Think on this for a second. How easy would it be to take a few phrases or ideas from any writer you know of and debate those? Piece of cake. Hell, I could debate myself based on a few sentences or ideas from my own writings and defeat myself! This is not a debate, it is a propaganda stunt. It is dishonest. This debate occurred in a room full of Craig fans and has already been posted on YouTube. You can watch it here. Many people will tune in, watch the idiotic film and think Dawkins discredited. Craig is a dishonest man. This is a typical example of the type of nonsense he pulls in his writings and his debates with real people. The entire show is smoke and mirrors.
Craig goes on to say that:
“I have been told by people in a position to know, that Dawkins refuses to debate philosophers. I think that when he speaks with philosophers he realizes that he is out of his depth,” http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-apologist-eastwooding-after-richard-dawkins-refuses-debate-82963/#uSIUUP3dCx4WrJhR.99
I think Craig is confused. I would venture a guess that Dawkins would not consider himself “out of his depth” but rather, doesn’t want to waste his time on someone who either does not understand or when he does misrepresents the science of the cosmos, a la Craig. Craig is a waste of time for someone like Dawkins. As Dawkins pointed out he debates far more formidable opponents than Craig each year, and rejects more formidable requests as well.
There is one final reason that illustrates why I feel Craig is dishonest. This entire story is hypocritical. Craig refuses to debate John W. Loftus. Loftus writing in his books and on his blog has skewered just about all of Craig’s arguments. Craig still refuses to debate him. Why? He claims that he does not want to debate a former student of his, that to do so would be improper. Loftus has rightly labeled Craig a coward. Loftus has called Craig out numerous times. Here is one such instance.
In closing, Craig is a hypocrite. He fails to admit defeat. He rolls out the same old tired arguments again and again, often repackaged, after they continuously have been debunked. You can gift wrap a pile of shit all you want, but it is still a pile of shit. Craig must be well aware of the inherent failures of the four main arguments he uses for god’s existence. He has been refuted both in person at debates and in print. Yet he continues to spew his rhetoric. I once read (somewhere) that insanity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different result. Craig’s actions are either the height of insanity or dishonesty—and I have no reason to think he is insane.
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