William Lane Craig lectures

Lectures with William Lane Craig

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"The Henry Stob Lectures: "Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It?" and "Advice to Christian Apologists"
  • The Stob Lectures at Calvin College and Theological Seminary delivered by Dr. Craig. A robust apologetic for Christian apologetics and important advice to those whom God is calling into this arena.

A Middle Knowledge Perspective on the Inspiration of Scripture
  • One of the workshops presented by Dr. Craig at the European Apologetics Network annual conference in Sopron, Hungary. A fascinating exploration of the light the doctrine of middle knowledge can shed upon the doctrine of the plenary, verbal, and yet confluent inspiration of the Bible.

Are There Objective Truths about God?
  • A plenary address before the annual conference of the European Leadership Forum in Sopron, Hungary, in which Dr. Craig considers three modern and post-modern challenges to the objectivity of truths about God: Verificationism, Mystical Anti-Realism, and Radical Pheralism. Concludes with provocative reflections on why so many in contemporary culture are attracted to views which are patently self-refuting.

Beyond the Big Bang
  • A Templeton Foundation lecture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, laying out the case from contemporary cosmology for the beginning of the universe and its theological implications. Includes a lengthy Q & A period which features previous critics and debate opponents of Dr. Craig who were in attendance, including Michael Tooley, Victor Stenger, and Arnold Guminski.

Beyond the Passion
  • An historical investigation of the course of events following Jesus' crucifixion. Dr. Craig reveals the surprising truth that most New Testament historians agree about three facts concerning the fate of Jesus: the discovery of his empty tomb by a group of his women followers on the Sunday after his crucifixion, the post-mortem appearances of Jesus experienced by various individuals and groups of people, and the earliest disciples' coming suddenly and sincerely to believe, despite their having every predisposition to the contrary, that God had raised Jesus from the dead.

Can We Be Good Without God?
  • his presentation of Dr. Craig's moral argument at a Georgia Tech Veritas Forum is highlighted by a lengthy time of interaction with students during the Question and Answer period following his lecture. He models how to respond effectively to questions and objections to the argument.

Do All Roads Lead to God?
  • A careful, honest look at the burning theological issue of our day: the challenge posed by religious pluralism to Christ's being the only way to God.

Failure
  • A frank and very personal look at the problem of failure in the life of a Christian and how to respond redemptively to it.

Failure
  • A frank and very personal look at the problem of failure in the life of a Christian and how to respond redemptively to it.

God and Abstract Objects
  • This lecture, given at Talbot School of Theology in January of 2011, is a robust interaction with Platonism and the reality of abstract objects in relationship with God’s causal relationship with all creation. Dr. Craig has continued to read and research concerning the ontological status of abstract objects and the doctrine of divine aseity, with this lecture being the culmination of that study.

"God, Time, and Eternity"
  • A mind-expanding exploration of whether God's eternity is to be understood as timelessness or as omnitemporality.

In Intellectual Neutral
  • A chapel address at Wheaton College during the annual philosophy conference, issuing a stirring challenge for Christian intellectual engagement and an admonition against the seduction of academic respectability.

In Intellectual Neutral
  • Given at the 2010 On Guard conference at Denton Bible Church, Dr. William Lane Craig bemoans the fact that the average American student does not possess the education or skills to make sense of the front page of the New York Times. What has happened to our schools that they should be producing such ignorant people? Looking both to recent research and philosophy, Dr. Craig links the intellectual malaise of the modern student to the disintegration of belief in any form of absolute truth. If truth is relative, then the value of education must be necessarily reduced. In light of such attitudes, Dr. Craig agrees with Arthur Holmes who declared that “all truth is God’s truth,” and that holding to absolute truth does not make one intolerant. Dr. Craig exhorts his audience to treasure the value of truth, knowledge, and history in order to be best prepared for advancing the kingdom of God.

Is One True Religion Even Possible?
  • In the view of the religious diversity that exists in the world, how can only one set of religious beliefs be true? Dr. Craig addresses the issue of whether or not one true religion is even possible. In his book, God, Time, and Eternity, Craig brings together discussion of the philosophy of time, space, language, phenomenology and science with the concerns of religion and theology.

Is There Meaning in Evil and Suffering?
  • A riveting lecture by Ravi Zacharias, followed by a panel discussion featuring William Lane Craig, Bernard Leikind, and Jitendra Mohanty.

Jesus' Passion: Hype or History?
  • A response to Mel Gibson's surprise blockbuster 'The Passion of the Christ' exploring the claim of revisionist biblical critics such as John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and Paula Frederickson that the actual events of Jesus' Passion were significantly different than those portrayed in Gibson's movie. Dr. Craig explains that the revisionists' account of the Passion is just a part of a wider revisionist view of Jesus himself aimed at radically re-interpreting Jesus.

NPR Interview on the Craig-Flew Debate
  • A post-mortem interview on with Dr. Craig on National Public Radio in which he shares his reflections in the aftermath of the Craig-Flew debate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (see William Lane Craig vs. Antony Flew, "Does God Exist?" and William Lane Craig and Antony Flew, Does God Exist?")

On Being a World Christian
  • An inspiring message on world evangelization, showing that the pessimistic attitude that characterizes many Western Christians is largely a result of their ignorance of the facts of church history and contemporary demographics. Dr. Craig shows that the truth of the matter is that Christian believers are part of the greatest movement in the history of mankind, which is continuing to spread and change lives across the surface of the globe, bringing with it the possibility of completing the task of world evangelization within this century.

Re-Discovering the Historical Jesus
  • The Carver-Barnes Lectures at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary exposing the presuppositions and presumptions of the so-called Jesus Seminar and defending key aspects of the life of Jesus historically.

Reasonable Faith
  • Reasonable Faith, Dr. Craig’s signature book, is readily available in this convenient, 10-disc audio book. These CDs feature several actors, including Dr. Craig’s voice, guiding Christians on how to present a positive case for Christian faith centered on the existence of God and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This recording features the second edition of Reasonable Faith.

Richard Dawkins and the Case for God's Existence
  • Dr. Craig discusses the nature of philosophical argument and how it relates to, and refutes, Richard Dawkins’ defense of atheism. Dr. Craig specifically cites the cosmological argument as a defense of a necessary infinite and uncased God, the moral argument that the existence of objective morality indicates the existence of God, and the evidence for God produced by an ordered universe. This lecture was given at Living Oaks Community Church, Spring 2009.

The Absurdity of Life Without God
  • Some people dismiss God far too quickly and do not understand that it is impossible to make sense of human experience and the world without reference to an all powerful Creator. Dr. Craig reveals the dead ends that modern scholars have run into when trying to make sense of life without God and shows that the God of the Bible has provided what humans have been seeking all along.

The Cadbury Lectures 2015
  • Hosted by the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion. The theme for the 2015 Cadbury Lectures was 'God Over All' , and consisted of a series of lectures given by Professor William Lane Craig.

    The traditional concept of God, rooted in the biblical and patristic witness, is that God exist uniquely a se. That is to say, God is the only self-existent being, the sole ultimate reality, and all else that exists has been created by God. The most important challenge to this doctrine issues from Platonism, the view that there exist necessary, eternal, uncreated abstract objects. The main argument for Platonism is the so-called Indispensability Argument, which holds that our use of first-order logical quantifiers and singular terms in sentences we take to be true commits us ontologically to the reality of such objects. Theists might attempt to escape this challenge by adopting anti-Platonic forms of realism about such objects. But an arguably better course is to challenge the devices of ontological commitment which underlie the Indispensability Argument. When called upon to speak about such objects in a metaphysically heavy sense, the theist should regard such objects no more than useful fictions.

The Case for a Creator
  • What do the discoveries of modern biology, physics, cosmology, and astronomy really tell us about the origin of life and the universe? When objectively considered, does contemporary scientific evidence point toward or away from a supernatural Creator? Strobel interviewed scientists and scholars from a wide range of disciplines for the answers. Based upon a New York Times best-seller, The Case for a Creator is a remarkable film about Lee Strobel’s journey from spiritual skepticism to a profound faith in the God who has etched His indelible signature upon every galaxy and living cell.

The Dawkins Delusion
  • Responding to Dawkins' runaway best-selling book, "The God Delusion," William Lane Craig engages with Dawkin's primary argument for atheism. Craig presents the core of Dawkins' argument, which grapples with "the appearance of design" and the fine tuning of the universe. Yet, as Craig explains, Darwinian evolution ultimately offers an poor and unsatisfactory explanation for the condition and creation of the universe.

The Jesus of the Bible vs. the Jesus of the Qur'an
  • Islam's holy book, the Qur’an, not only mentions Jesus but holds Him in very high esteem. The Qur’an says He was born of a virgin, confirms that Jesus performed miracles, and calls Him "messiah" and "prophet". Is the Jesus of Islam the same as the Jesus of Christianity? In this fascinating lecture, Dr. William Lane Craig skillfully shows the incompatibilities of Islam's Jesus with the Jesus of Christianity.

The Problem of Evil
  • A three-hour seminar hosted by Stand to Reason in which the various versions of the so-called problem of evil are examined and weighed.

The Resurrection
  • We say we serve a risen Savior but what is the significance of such a claim? The original disciples firmly and sincerely believed that God had raised Jesus from the dead, but does the historicity of the resurrection really matter to life today? In this interview, Dr. Craig answers these questions, and offers compelling reasons for our confidence in Jesus’ resurrection as the foundation of our faith. Following the interview, Dr. Russell's bold address at the University of Southern California, Santa Barbara paints the Easter event as illuminative for all belief and behavior. If the resurrection is true, then it demands that we change the way we think and act: the manner in which we conduct our lives must radiate the reality of God’s transformative power for body and spirit and soul.

The Top Five Questions
  • Ravi Zacharias and Dr. Craig take on the top five questions that University of Iowa students have about God.

The Two Natures of Christ
  • How can Christians reasonably believe that an infinite God became a man? Can Jesus be fully God and fully man, yet one person? What difference does this make in understanding the miracle of salvation? In this profound lecture, Dr. William Lane Craig explores the powerful, central doctrine of Christology and shows the significance of these deep questions for all believers.

The World's 10 worst Objections to the Kalam Cosmological Argument
  • During this exclusive evening dinner at Biola University in August of 2010, Dr. Craig presents his new, popular objections against the Kalam argument. Follow Dr. Craig as he critiques several of the worst objections to the argument, commonly found in popular and influential circles rather than academic circles.

Time, Eternity, and Eschatology
  • How should we think about our universe in light of current scientific advancements and research about our world? It appears that these views conflict with theological presuppositions that the Christian worldview must consider about God and His relationship to our world. A fascinating survey of competing views of divine eternity and of the nature of time, with reflections on the implications for physical eschatology, presented to the Torrey Honors Program at Biola University.

Vision in Life
  • An inspiring and challenging account of Dr. Craig's conversion and call to Christian ministry, a powerful reminder that God uses ordinary people who are willing to step out in faith.

What Does God Know?
  • The Saucy lectures at Biola University, examining the compatibility of divine foreknowledge and human freedom and articulating and defending the doctrine of divine middle knowledge.

Workshop on Natural Theology
  • One of the workshops presented by Dr. Craig at the European Apologetics Network annual conference in Sopron, Hungary. Unfolds and defends cosmological and axiological arguments for God's existence.

Workshop on Religious Epistemology
  • One of the workshops presented by Dr. Craig at the European Apologetics Network annual conference in Sopron, Hungary. Explores such issues as the presumption of atheism, the hiddenness of God, and how Christian beliefs are warranted.

Workshop on the Coherence of Theism: Omniscience
  • One of the workshops presented by Dr. Craig at the European Apologetics Network annual conference in Sopron, Hungary. Investigates challenges to God's foreknowledge of future contingents, such as free human actions.

Workshop on the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus
  • One of the workshops presented by Dr. Craig at the European Apologetics Network annual conference in Sopron, Hungary. Dr. Craig's lecture is followed by responses by Drs. Jurgen Spiess and Bruce Winter, to whom Dr. Craig gives a final reply.