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Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2012, 10:21:09 PM »
Peter Atkins stated in this debate that Philosophy was a complete waste of time. Big mistake. What about his fellow atheist philosophers like Daniel Dennett, Stephen Law, and Shelly Kagan? Are they wasting their time, or are they not because they are atheists. Like the 1998 debate with Dr. Craig, Peter Atkins once again did not refute the arguments and simply asserted that science and religion are incompatible. Sorry Atkins, you failed.
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Re: Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2013, 05:25:58 PM »
Mr Craig proved that infinite God does not exist as infinity as he suggested is impossible. Nothing comes from nothing that means nothing should have qualities as modern science and quantum mechanics suggest. God is a more complicated problem than the solution it applies and don't solve anything as the question remains how God came from nothing. Morality is very clear that is not objective and alter depending on the physiology of humans, culture, environment the illusion of objectiveness on morality comes from morality being the evolution of our the two basic instincts ho are essential for every species to exist.

1 The infinity that doesn't exist is different the the infinite that God is. You can't have an infinite sequence of events, but the statement 'God knows all knowable things' is not the same infinity.

2. Quite often more complicated problems result from simple conundrums- an apple falling is simple. Gravity? Whoa- very not simple!

3. God is a necessary being, that is to say his existence is uncaused. If he was caused the thing which caused him would be God- at least try and attack the God based on a shared definition. A created god is by definition a false god. Asking what created God is like asking what the number 7 smells like. God just is in the way that numbers just exist.

4. you're here committing the genetic fallacy- attempting to say that because objective moral views were developed by society they are therefore false.  Just because you can explain a belief's origin does nothing to falsify that belief. I'm sure you once thought something because your parents told you so- does that make the thing your parents told you false? Not at all!

5. Objective morals are needed for species to exist

No animals except humans have (or even 'have developed') morality! Fish eat each other, animals regularly kill each other, have incest, all kinds of things that are both morally wrong from our point of view and detrimental to their collective survival. Dawkins showed in the Selfish Gene how only individual DNA matters, the survival of the group is only incidental. (You know you're flawed when I'm even citing Dawkins against you!)  So if you think that harming other humans for pleasure is wrong whether the harm-er and harm-ee think so or not then you observe objective morals. Even if you say 'I think people should act in the way their culture says is right" you're still affirming a way of acting that is binding in all circumstances and on all contrary views- an objective moral law.

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Re: Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2013, 10:18:41 AM »
1 The infinity that doesn't exist is different the the infinite that God is. You can't have an infinite sequence of events, but the statement 'God knows all knowable things' is not the same infinity.

Craig believes that God has no parts, and so he is not infinite in the sense of being composed of infinitely many actually existing objects, which is what Craig argues is impossible.  But one might say in a nonliteral sense that God has infinite knowledge, and this does not imply infinitely many existing objects.

Of course, if you will permit me to harp on this point, Craig's argument against an actual infinite is totally ridiculous.  Sobel, Oppy, and others have already explained why.
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Re: Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2013, 10:41:02 AM »
1 The infinity that doesn't exist is different the the infinite that God is. You can't have an infinite sequence of events, but the statement 'God knows all knowable things' is not the same infinity.

Craig believes that God has no parts, and so he is not infinite in the sense of being composed of infinitely many actually existing objects, which is what Craig argues is impossible.  But one might say in a nonliteral sense that God has infinite knowledge, and this does not imply infinitely many existing objects.

Of course, if you will permit me to harp on this point, Craig's argument against an actual infinite is totally ridiculous.  Sobel, Oppy, and others have already explained why.

Could you share what is Oppy´s argument in favor of the infinite?

what is their argument against Craig´s? Is it shown to be ridiculous or just wrong?

Do you have a referece book or article I can check?

thanks.



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Re: Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2013, 05:52:20 PM »
1 The infinity that doesn't exist is different the the infinite that God is. You can't have an infinite sequence of events, but the statement 'God knows all knowable things' is not the same infinity.

Craig believes that God has no parts, and so he is not infinite in the sense of being composed of infinitely many actually existing objects, which is what Craig argues is impossible.  But one might say in a nonliteral sense that God has infinite knowledge, and this does not imply infinitely many existing objects.

Of course, if you will permit me to harp on this point, Craig's argument against an actual infinite is totally ridiculous.  Sobel, Oppy, and others have already explained why.

Could you share what is Oppy´s argument in favor of the infinite?

what is their argument against Craig´s? Is it shown to be ridiculous or just wrong?

Do you have a referece book or article I can check?

thanks.

Sobel attacks Craig's argument from Hilbert's hotel, noting that Craig has failed to establish a contradiction or incoherence in what goes on with its guests checking in/out.  He observes that we require an additional assumption in order to get the contradiction Craig requires.  In Blackwell Craig agrees with Sobel's critique except to say that he thinks we are justified in making that additional assumption.  But the reasoning he gives consists in claiming it is "innocuous."  Needless to say, Craig thinking it innocuous does not constitute justification.

Oppy attacks Craig's claim that an infinite cannot be formed through successive addition.  He points out that Craig does not actually give an argument for this claim.  As Oppy puts it, Craig merely expresses a prejudice against infinity.  You can Google to find Oppy's paper---I'm not sure exactly which one it is.  Craig did respond to some of the points in that paper, but not to my recollection the crucial one about his prejudice against the infinite.

For my own part, I would add that even if we grant Craig his prejudice, that's still not enough, since a past-infinite timeline is not formed (in the sense Craig needs) through successive addition anyway.  This seems to me an obvious criticism so it probably appears in the literature somewhere.
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Re: Dr. Craig vs. Peter Atkins: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #35 on: April 26, 2017, 01:26:57 AM »
Any audio/video available yet?
I think yes.