A Classic Debate on the Existence of God

November 1994
University of Colorado at Boulder

Dr. William Lane Craig & Dr. Michael Tooley

Introduction


Debates

In November of 1994 Dr. Michael Tooley and Dr. William Lane Craig debated on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. At the invitation of Campus Crusade for Christ, these scholars discussed the evidence for and against the existence of God, presenting some of the most current thinking on the issues. The speakers followed a diverse range of materials, from the most recent scientific findings and theories to the most ancient philosophical arguments to some of the most novel insights imaginable.

From the philosophy department at the University of Colorado, Dr. Tooley represented the atheistís point of view. Dr. Tooley received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University and is a noted author. He is a fellow at the Australian Academy of the Humanities, a member of the American Philosophical Association, and he has served on the faculties of numerous universities both here and abroad.

Representing the theist's position was Dr. William Craig. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Birmingham, England, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Munich, where he was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The author of numerous books and articles, he is currently a Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology.

Notable works by the speakers are cited at the close of the debate.

Dr. Tooley requested an alteration in the length of his presentations by transferring time from his second to his first presentation, but Dr. Craig refused that request.


Works by Michael Tooley

Causation: A Realist Approach (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988).

Works by William Craig

Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology (with Quentin Smith Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).

Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom (E J. Brill, 1990).

Reasonable Faith (Crossways, 1984).

 

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