Recently I wrote that pretty much nobody is qualified to debate Christian apologist William Lane Craig. But that doesn’t mean I want atheists to stop debating Craig. It just means I want people to actually practice formal debate for a while before debating Craig (and of course, you have to know the arguments).
So here’s a short list of people I’d like to see debate Craig. I don’t necessarily think they would win, but it would make for an interesting debate. I just hope the people here would study Craig’s arguments and practice formal debate for at least a year (1/40th of the time Craig has spent practicing formal debate) before making the attempt.
People I’d like to see debate Craig:
- Gregory Dawes – a philosopher and historian who has written excellent work on the problems of theism and explanation, and the historical Jesus.
- John Loftus – pastor-cum-atheist, a former student of Craig’s, and an expert on all his arguments. Go here to join the Facebook petition calling for this debate.
- Farrell Till – a skilled debater, especially on Biblical issues.
- Douglas Krueger – has offered to debate to Craig for years, though Craig avoids him; perhaps because Krueger is too familiar with Craig’s arguments.
- Wes Morriston – a theistic philosopher who has published a string of criticisms of Craig’s Kalam argument. The two already debated this year, but we haven’t seen it yet because the recording has not yet been released.
- Arnold Guminski – one of the leading experts on Craig’s Kalam argument.
- Graham Oppy – an expert on ontological arguments (which Craig has never debated but would like to).
- Dan Barker – though no philosopher, Barker is probably the most experienced atheist debater out there.
- Michael Shermer – also not a philosopher of religion, but Shermer is a skilled public speaker and debater.
- Mark Smith – obsessed with debating Craig, so maybe he’d actually be good.
Who do you wish Craig would debate?