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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« on: May 07, 2012, 01:48:00 pm »
This forum is open for discussion about William Lane Craig's debate with Klemens Kappel on October 18, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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Blake1960

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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 09:12:04 pm »
That was tough to watch.  One can't help but feel sorry for Dr. Kappel.

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 12:43:42 am »
Have to agree. He appeared totally unprepared. Not for the debate itself, but for the strength of the arguments themselves.

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 05:55:03 pm »

Kappel was sitting on the fence smugly but appeared totally oblivious to his own "non-position" being a position in itself.

Disappointing to watch as there was no real meaty objections for Craig to counter.


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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2012, 06:10:46 pm »
In this debate, Craig and Kappel seemed to be in two completely different boats in water with fog. But it comes to no surprise that Kappel, like all of Craig's other opponents, simply failed to refute his arguments which he presented in the opening speech. All Kappel kept on doing was stating that we can know that God does not exist without giving any good reasons why. Overall, Dr. Craig gave the better performance in the debate at a very secular country.
My account name, 'Copleston' is named after the famous Jesuit Philosopher, Frederick Copleston, who famously debated atheist philosopher, Bertrand Russell on BBC Radio in 1948.

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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 06:47:22 pm »
I'm aware that the gentlemen in which Dr. Craig engages in debates
are known to be intelligent in their own respective fields, but I'm
beginning to believe that for the most part they are unable to follow
his arguments. To me Dr. Craig is as clear as it gets with his
presentations and arguments.
I constantly find myself frustrated with the arguments from the
atheist side mainly because of the disjointed, unorganized thought
processes. This includes their main guy in Dr. Richard Dawkins,
among others.

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2012, 02:05:33 pm »
I believe that the appearance of eloquence is equated in both the amount of experience and the qualifications.  Dr Craig is a highly experienced orator, philosopher and debater.  The majority of individuals that he debates are scientists.  Some are more eloquent then others, but very rarely are they all three.  In such a debate, sadly the debaters end up talking past themselves.

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2012, 09:49:48 am »
New to the forums here. Also new to apologetics. This is the first debate I have watched of Dr. Craig, but I plan on watching many more. Excellent and engaging. Thank you Mike Edwards for pointing me here.

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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 11:01:39 am »
James wrote: New to the forums here. Also new to apologetics. This is the first debate I have watched of Dr. Craig, but I plan on watching many more. Excellent and engaging. Thank you Mike Edwards for pointing me here.

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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2012, 02:25:48 pm »
Craig 'lost' the debate by not having anything to attack. His own position were untouched, and were left jobless.

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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2012, 10:16:02 am »
Blake1960 wrote: That was tough to watch.  One can't help but feel sorry for Dr. Kappel.
Faith, an irrational belief in something that presents no evidence and this equates god? I've heard a lot of posturing done claiming evidence of and for god....it always ends the same way....someone always leaves claiming the feel sorry for the nonbeliever and never any evidence. Why do you think this is?ish

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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2012, 08:31:17 pm »
Disciple_of_Jesus wrote: Interesting debate. Denmark is a pretty secular country, just like much of Western Europe. But Dr. Kappel said we can know that God does not exist because we know that all the Gods in the ancient scriptures of other traditions do not exist. I think this argument fails, because Dr. Craig gave a good reason why the God of the Bible is true through historical argument --> The resurrection of Jesus Christ. As far as I remember, Kappel never really said anything about Jesus.

A plus B equals C, then C subtract B must equal A. Why or why not…..

The bible is not a historical reference, it authors are anonymous, historical Jesus was born when? You see, you don’t know now do you and the bible doesn’t really say now does it. Christian renderings give a 60 decade time span to when Jesus was born if we look at everything. The best case scenario is Paul, who could have been alive at the latter of these possible dates concerning Jesus crucifixion…but he would have been very old for that time. What dispels one religion dispel ones’ own in the simple logic equation above…it not my argument and deal with the OP….the equation is either valid and neither religion is vindicated, or it is invalid and both of them do….but in no way does the equation support the argument of the OP, so why take this foolish trek? It’s not like I created the argument, so what problems do you have with it I wonder? Faith is at the heart of Christianity, it is it’s one and only ally and I put forth the challenge “let the believer post evidence to the contrary or except the only thing this religion has to offer”. PS, warning, apologies cannot solve or contradict…..as they were not a part of the matrix according to your post…..


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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2012, 10:04:56 pm »
Disciple_of_Jesus wrote:

A plus B equals C, then C subtract B must equal A. Why or why not…..

The bible is not a historical reference, it authors are anonymous, historical Jesus was born when? You see, you don’t know now do you and the bible doesn’t really say now does it. Christian renderings give a 60 decade time span to when Jesus was born if we look at everything. The best case scenario is Paul, who could have been alive at the latter of these possible dates concerning Jesus crucifixion…but he would have been very old for that time. What dispels one religion dispel ones’ own in the simple logic equation above…it not my argument and deal with the OP….the equation is either valid and neither religion is vindicated, or it is invalid and both of them do….but in no way does the equation support the argument of the OP, so why take this foolish trek? It’s not like I created the argument, so what problems do you have with it I wonder? Faith is at the heart of Christianity, it is it’s one and only ally and I put forth the challenge “let the believer post evidence to the contrary or except the only thing this religion has to offer”. PS, warning, apologies cannot solve or contradict…..as they were not a part of the matrix according to your post…..


I simply disagree with you The earliest Gospel is Mark, and it has been dated around 30 years after Jesus Death. The latest gospel was John which came about 60 years after Jesus death. there is a lot of evidence, both historical and archaeological to prove that the Gospels do contain many historical facts.

I simply disagree with you The earliest Gospel is Mark, and it has been dated around 30 years after Jesus Death.

Answer: Then all one would have to do is subtract 33 years and you would know Jesus birthday…but you cannot make this claim can you…you use the bible and say Mark says this, the anonymous Mark does NOT give the date for Jesus birth. But far be it for me to argue with you on this…can you please show me where Mark tell us when Jesus was born.

The latest gospel was John which came about 60 years after Jesus death. there is a lot of evidence, both historical and archaeological to prove that the Gospels do contain many historical facts.

Answer: I’ve heard plenty of doctrine making this claim…despite over forty active historians during the time you are about to claim is Jesus’ birthday, none ever heard of Jesus or his birth (or death). There is an absence of the multitudes claimed to have heard Jesus and no artifacts exist to date. But again, please post any evidence to the contrary and we will look at it together….if the mods allow us to that is.


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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2012, 09:33:41 am »
Disciple_of_Jesus wrote:
Answer: Then all one would have to do is subtract 33 years and you would know Jesus birthday…but you cannot make this claim can you…you use the bible and say Mark says this, the anonymous Mark does NOT give the date for Jesus birth. But far be it for me to argue with you on this…can you please show me where Mark tell us when Jesus was born.

It doesn't matter when Jesus was born. What matters is his personal claims and his divinity. For all we know, he could have been born in July, not December. Who cares. That doesn't effect Christian doctrine at all.

It doesn't matter when Jesus was born. What matters is his personal claims and his divinity. For all we know, he could have been born in July, not December. Who cares. That doesn't effect Christian doctrine at all.

Answer: Except there are no personal claims now is there…unless you are aware of something I am not? Something not know to the accredited world historically.….

For all we know, he could have been born in July, not December. Who cares. That doesn't effect Christian doctrine at all.

Answer: Yes…for all we know he may have never been born, the argument he was born is an argument of ignorance. That doesn’t mean anyone is ignorant, it just means there is nothing to go on and the argument stems from this ignorance. To use other words…faith. Who cares? Well if there is no evidence to examine, then no valid debate could have taken place since logic and debate can only example the tactile world and can never be used in an intellectual capacity to determine what one “feels” is  or should be ‘real or tactile” concerning any religion or anything else for that matter. A plus B equals C is what is claimed by the OP….and it simply doesn’t exist as seen by your last post, so in short you have overturned the OP all by yourself. What disprove ones religion disproves all, if this doesn’t seem fair, remember I did create the equation or its outcome, the author of this forum/thread did….


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Dr. Craig vs. Klemens Kappel: "Does God Exist?"
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2012, 03:00:54 pm »
Disciple_of_Jesus wrote:
Answer: Except there are no personal claims now is there…unless you are aware of something I am not? Something not know to the accredited world historically.….

Um.. yes he did. All throughout the Gospels (which are historically reliable) Jesus claims to be the Song of Man, the Son of God and the savior of the world. Have you ever read John 14:6?

With very few exceptions, almost all professional historians and scholars think that Jesus was a real person. We actually have more than enough evidence that Jesus was a real man. Josephus was a 1st century Jewish historian who is very well-respected even to this day, and he mentions Jesus in a number of his writings. I Josephus said that Jesus existed, then I think we can make a pretty good bet on it.

Um.. yes he did. All throughout the Gospels (which are historically reliable) Jesus claims to be the Song of Man, the Son of God and the savior of the world. Have you ever read John 14:6?

Answer: None of the gospels are historically reliable, relevant, accurate or otherwise. The simplest test for my claim or yours is this…while you can study the bible in any Public School, College or University but you cannot study from the bible. This kind of study is only for unaccredited schools pushing for recruitment for one of the 38000 Christian denominations of the world. If anything in the bible were accurate, or remaining non-contradicted then there would be one Christian religion only.

With very few exceptions, almost all professional historians and scholars think that Jesus was a real person.

Answer: I am afraid you are incorrect here…no accredited Historian makes this claim, neither does any Archeologist. We are told differently in Church and by brethren, but they have lied to us….

We actually have more than enough evidence that Jesus was a real man.

Answer: We know enough to know Jesus is the story of the son of Jupiter as the first self professed Christian historian claims, and that would be Justine Martyr…..

Josephus was a 1st century Jewish historian who is very well-respected even to this day, and he mentions Jesus in a number of his writings. I Josephus said that Jesus existed, then I think we can make a pretty good bet on it.

Answer: How old would have Justine been during the Crucifixion? We cannot even name the date but even what can be verified by dated the writings you speak of makes this claim prohibitive. I am betting there was no real debate as there is no validity to the logic used.