Dr Craig's criticism of Dr Wilkinson are sadly premature. Craig doesn't appear to have checked out who David Wilkinson is, nor, sadly, fully appreciated the article. Rev'd Professor Wilkinson is a former astrophysicist and is now a theologian and the Principle of a theological college in Durham, northern England. Contrary to Dr Craig's closing remarks criticising Christianity Today for soliciting an article from a scientist, Wilkinson is surely as appropriate as would be the Rev'd Professor John Pulkinghorn for an article on the Doctrine of Creation. Also, Wilkinson doesn't in fact claim that God can be known only through Christ, but allows He may be, but then goes on to imply it's through Christ that God can be most fully known. This, then, is why Christ must not be omitted from the Doctrine of Creation. I'm sure if Dr Craig paused to reread and reflect on Dr Wilkinson's article, and on his own beliefs, he would recognise they are not at odds at all on this point. Both Craig and Wilkinson believe God can be known to exist through creation, and so perceive some of His attributes. Both also, I'm sure, agree that Christ is the fuller revelation of God through whom we recognise His immanence, moral perfections, mercy, grace, patience etc. and His redemptive love, which cannot be perceived through creation. Creation leads us to theism, but not to Christianity, which I'm sure both Craig and Wilkinson would agree on. Thus most of Dr Craig's criticisms in this article fall away. I'm saddened that Dr Craig has made what appear to me to be unwarranted criticisms of a Christian brother and CT magazine.
I don't understand the ability of people who believe in the atonement of Christ to think Adam came slowly to be from animals. There is no definition of whom Christ was dying for. How the soul came about, to be died for, and quite where the reason I use to pose this question came from (God or chemistry??) and many other things really don't fit with man, the product of evolution, needing died for.
The article referenced is called "Bigger Than We Think" and was authored by David Wilkinson. Its available online here: http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/20...
Contrary to Dr Craig's remarks, Prof Wilkinson is not just a scientist. He was an astrophysicist (and is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society), but has since studied theology at Cambridge, became a Methodist minister, and is currently a professor in the theology and religion department and principal at St. John's College, Durham University. It says this at the bottom of the article which Dr. Craig discusses.
That said, I agree with many of Dr. Craig's criticisms of the content of the article.
I really appreciated Dr. Craig's defense of natural theology. Simply because we can know God on the basis of the Holy Spirit's testimony, does not mean we should not obey 1 Peter 3:15, and seek to give reasons for our faith.
I am a young earth creationist, so I do not believe Darwin's idea of Evolution is a discovery, however, I think it's important that Dr. Craig shows that even if Evolution were true, Christianity would still be the more rational worldview.
I would love to see an apologist who uses the evidential method of apologetics, like Dr. Craig, also include the presuppositonalist arguments of Van Til and Bahnsen. I really think we need a book that presents every conceivable argument for Christianity.
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