I think Dr. Craig has possibly misunderstood Mr. White's point; by "prove," Mr. White may have meant "to demonstrate with absolute certainty," in which Dr. Craig should agree with him. In fact Dr. Craig accused him of saying that the resurrection "had no evidence or arguments for it" when nothing that Dr. Craig quoted from him seemed (to me, at least) to say any such thing. Mr. White is spot-on with his pointing out the bankruptcy of atheism in explaining the human condition. Atheism remains unable to explain the ontology of our own being, let alone that of the universe around us.
I have been bewildered that many people who have "lost their faith" in Christ seem to replace it with a most virile form of atheism, when any logical rationale for such a "jump" from a specific monotheistic creed into pure atheism remains unclear: I think it may be in large point due to the sociologic factors that White mentioned. Atheism is increasingly regarded as intellectually respectable by the elite, so those who have come to doubt their faith in Christ resort to it because they have come to believe that such a belief enables them to save intellectual face. However, there is no strictly logical connection between "Jesus did not rise from the dead" or "Jesus is not the Son of God," and the conclusion "therefore, God does not exist."
Atheism has its own share of philosophical and scientific problems : for example, the nature of thought and personhood; "free-will" as an illusion; the origin of the universe; the origin of cellular life. Dr. Craig has touched on some of these problems in his work, but I would like to see a presentation from him where he expounds on the problems with atheism in more detail.
God gave us the gift of faith, not stupidity. If Christianity were not intellectually respectable (which I do not find atheism to be), I would not be a Christian today. I know that Wilson never said Christianity was not intellectually respectable, but was looked upon as such by the secular anti-religious culture. And I agree with John's comments pointing out "the bankruptcy of atheism in explaining the human condition. Atheism remains unable to explain the ontology of our own being, let alone that of the universe around us" and "there is no strictly logical connection between 'Jesus did not rise from the dead' or 'Jesus is not the Son of God,' and the conclusion 'therefore, God does not exist."
Take the resurrection of Jesus Christ, upon which the truth of Christianity stands or falls. According to the legal experts trained in evaluating evidence, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the best supported facts in history. Simon Greenleaf himself, the famous Royall Professor of Law at Harvard University and one of the greatest legal minds in America, upon intensive legal examination of the testimony of the apostles to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, concluded that the resurrection of Christ was one of the best supported events in history according to the laws of legal evidence administered in courts of justice. After examining the evidence from a judicial perspective, Lord Darling, a former Chief Justice of England, concluded that “there exists such overwhelming evidence , positive and negative, factual and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world would fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true." Tom Anderson, former president of the California Trial Lawyers Association and co-author of the Basic Advocacy Manual of the Association of Trial Lawyers in America, wrote, ” It is irresistibly noteworthy that nowhere in the historical account of the trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, or in any 'ancient documents’ are any witnesses, documents, or accounts set forth which question the historical fact that Jesus Christ was crucified and the historical fact that He was Resurrected from the dead. Therefore, I, as a trial lawyer, would have to advise my clients who retained me to prove the truth or hoax of the Trial, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus that all witnesses and all documents and all historians reveal it to be the truth.”
And please, no smut about "American lawyers". Lord Darling was English and the Law School at Harvard University has internationally acclaimed status as a respected institution for training men and women in the legal profession. Trisl lawyer Tom Anderson in his written testimony of his conversion to Christianity entitled "And The Truth Shall Set You Free" admits that prior to his conversion (Sept. 5, 1976), he would have rejected anything aupernatural and the Bible as being true and yet he had not studied it. In his own words, "This was my presupposition and prejudice. I had a principle that I believe was borrowed from Marx that in those days gave me comfort:'Religion is a simple solution for life's complex problems." Then, he launched into a four month study of the Bible and research into the evidence, both internal and external, historical and legal, admissable in a court of law (including "ancient documents" outside the Bible) and you have the results and conclusions of his research and study above (the long quote about his findings previously stated herein, beginning: 'It is irresistibly noteworthy..." and his own conversion to Christianity already aforementioned.
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