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Audio and Video from the Craig v Krauss Debate

If you missed the debate yesterday between William Lane Craig and Lawrence Krauss on the topic “Is there Evidence for God?”, the media from the event is now available.

Timothy and Michael live-blogged the event, and their post presents a good overview of what happened. For deeper commentary, Randy at Possible Worlds has posted an excellent discussion, highlighting some of the key issues that came up. David at the SAA blog also weighs in with his analysis. And Wintery Knight has also posted his own sardonic take on the respective cases put forward by Craig and Krauss.

UPDATE: The votes from the audience have been announced: 286 for Craig, 130 for Krauss, and 100 called it a draw.

 

Rob Bell defends his book on MSNBC

Martin Bashir does a good job of asking the right questions and getting to the heart of the issue in the controversy about Bell’s new book Love Wins.

 

The review that Bashir refers to is the excellent response written by Kevin DeYoung.

The Difference Between Christianity and Other Religions

Stuart has drawn our attention to the fact that unlike some religions, Christianity is open to investigation and rational inquiry. Here is a great simple illustration of why that is the case by C Michael Patton from the Parchment & Pen blog. Read more

New Atheism and the Canaanite Campaign

Clay Jones:

“The problem with new atheist divine genocide claims is rather simple: God hates sin, but the new atheists do not.” (Killing the Canaanites: A Response to the New Atheism’s “Divine Genocide” Claims, Christian Research Journal, 33:4, 2010).

Read the whole article online here.

John Lennox on God, Christchurch, and the Problem of Pain

Howick Baptist has made available the video and audio from Professor John Lennox’s  sermon at their Sunday service. Read more

Video from the Saddleback Apologetics Weekend

Last weekend, the Saddleback Church in Southern California hosted its second annual apologetics weekend. Hosted by pastor Rick Warren, the conference presented several scholars and pastors to discuss the life and person of Jesus Christ. At this time of the year when life seems to get more crowded with activity, these talks offer a great opportunity to remind ourselves of the meaning of Christmas and the God who took on flesh, the incarnate Christ.

If you’re having trouble accessing the links below, you can also get the lectures on iTunes.

Jesus Before He Was Born
Chris Wright (Langham Partnership’s International Director and author of The Mission of God)
Audio| Video

The Radical Message of Jesus
Scott McKnight (Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University)
Audio | Video


The Shocking Life of Jesus

Peter Kreeft (professor of philosophy at Boston College)
Audio | Video

Jesus’ Miraculous Death and Resurrection
Greg Koukl (adjunct professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University and president of Stand to Reason)
Audio | Video

The Jesus Left Behind – The Body of Christ
Philip Yancey (editor-at-large for Christianity Today and popular Christian author)
Audio | Video

HT: Brian Auten

Os Guinness on Why Truth Matters

More than 4,000 evangelical leaders have currently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa for the Third Lausanne Congress on Global Evangelization. The first Lausanne Conference was held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974 and was organized by influential evangelicals such as Billy Graham and John Stott. This year’s convention continues the focus on the mission of the global church and evangelism, with speakers including John Piper, Tim Keller, Chris Wright, Ajith Fernando, Michael Ramsden, and many, many more.

One of the presentations worth considering was that given by Os Guinness on day one. His topic was the importance of truth for the church today. He offered six reasons why truth matters supremely, and why those Christians who are careless about truth are as dangerous as the open skeptics of our day:

  • First, only a high view of truth honors the God of Truth.
  • Second only a high view of truth reflects how we come to know and trust God.
  • Third only a high view of truth empowers our best human enterprises.
  • Fourth only a high view of truth can undergird our proclamation and defense of the faith.
  • Fifth, only a high view of truth is sufficient for resisting evil and hypocrisy.
  • Sixth, only a high view of truth will help our growth and transformation in Christ.

And his conclusion: 

“If our faith is not true, it would be false even if the whole world believed it. If our faith is true, it would be true even if the whole world and the entire cosmos were against it.

So let the conviction ring out from this Congress: We Evangelicals do not just believe the truth. We do not just claim to know the truth, and to defend the truth. We worship “the God of truth,” whose Spirit is “the Spirit of truth,” whose “Word is truth,” whose Gospel is “the message of truth,” and whose Son our Lord is “the way, the truth, and the life.” And we ourselves are committed, humbly but resolutely, to becoming People of Truth. Here we still stand, so help us God.”

You can watch his address on the Lausanne website or download it below. 

Video from Plantinga’s Retirement Celebration

This last May, Alvin Plantinga was honoured on his retirement by a special conference at the University of Notre Dame. Plantinga is one of the most important and influential living philosophers  in the area of metaphysics, epistemology, and, particularly, philosophy of religion. His retirement at Notre Dame was commemorated with several  presentations from a wide range of scholars over three days. Here is the video from the talks (I’ve embedded the first part of each talk – for all the parts go here).

Michael Bergmann (Purdue University) “Commonsense Skeptical Theism”
RESPONDENT: Stephen Wykstra (Calvin College)
CHAIR: W. Jay Wood (Wheaton College)

Trenton Merricks (University of Virginia) “Singular Propositions”
RESPONDENT: David Vander Laan (Westmont College)
CHAIR: Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University)

Peter van Inwagen (University of Notre Dame) “Causation and the Mental”
RESPONDENT: Robin Collins (Messiah College)
CHAIR: Bernard W. Kobes (Arizona State University)

Richard Otte (University of California) “Theory Comparison in Science and Religion”
RESPONDENT: Bas van Fraassen (San Francisco State University)
CHAIR: René van Woudenberg (Free University)

Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University) “Descartes and Virtue Epistemology”
RESPONDENT: Raymond VanArragon (Bethel University)
CHAIR: Rik Peels (University of Utrecht)

Eleonore Stump (Saint Louis University) “The Value of Atonement”
RESPONDENT: E. J. Coffman (University of Tennessee)
CHAIR: Laura Ekstrom (The College of William and Mary)

Thomas P. Flint (University of Notre Dame) “Varieties of Accidental Necessity”
RESPONDENT: Thomas Crisp (Biola University)
CHAIR: Laura Garcia (Boston College)

Dean Zimmerman (Rutgers University) “Stages in God’s Foreknowledge”
RESPONDENT: Donald Smith (Virginia Commonwealth University)
CHAIR: John Mullen (Oklahoma Baptist University)

Nicholas Wolterstorff  (Yale University, Emeritus, and Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia)
“Then, Now, and Al”
CHAIR: Andrew Chignell – Cornell University

(Source: Michael Sudduth)

Video from the 2010 Ligonier National Conference

This year, the Ligonier National Conference in Orlando, Florida, was focused on addressing some of the tough and perplexing questions that are often raised against Christianity.  For those of us who were not able to attend, the conference was streamed live online. And if you missed that, the video from sessions have now just been made available from the first day on Christianity.com. Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian organization based on the ministry of R. C. Sproul. Founded in 1971, the organization has been committed to helping Christians understand what they believe and why they believe it.

Here are the videos and summary notes from the talks (provided by Tim Challies and Alex Chediak). I’ll update the links for the Friday and Saturday sessions when they are posted.

Thursday

Pre-Conference (Bits, Bytes, Blogs & Bibles)

The Brave New World of New Media – Ed Stetzer

Summary

Video

Principles for Conduct in Communication – Tim Challies

No Summary

Video

Taking Captive New Media for the Church – Burk Parsons

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Video

The Hypersocialized Generation – Albert Mohler

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Video

Questions and Answers – Challies, Stetzer, Parsons, Mohler and Chris Larson.

No Summary

Video

2010 National Conference Main Sessions:

Why Did Jesus Have to Die? – John MacArthur

Summary

Video

Is the Doctrine of Inerrancy Defensible? – Michael Horton

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Video

Does the Doctrine of Divine Decrees Eliminate Human Will – John MacArthur

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Video

Friday

What is Evil and Where Did it Come From? – R. C. Sproul

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Why Do Christians Still Sin? – R. C. Sproul, Jr

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How Do We Know Which Interpretation is Right? – Derek Thomas

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Is the Bible Just Another Book? – Steve Lawson

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Is the Exclusivity of Christ Unjust? – Alistair Begg

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Questions and Answers – Begg, Horton, Lawson and Mohler, hosted by Sproul

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Saturday

Why Does the Universe Look so Old? – Albert Mohler

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Is Calvinism Good for the Church? – Burk Parsons

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If God is Good, How Could He Command Holy War? – Derek Thomas

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Can We Enjoy Heaven Knowing of Loved Ones in Hell? – R. C. Sproul

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Dallas Willard On the Disappearance of Moral Knowledge

The Evangelical Philosophical Society blog has a posted video from a lecture by Dallas Willard at the Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum at UC-Irvine. In the talk, entitled “On the Disappearance of Moral Knowledge: How it Happened and What it Means”, Willard explores the possibility of moral knowledge in a world that elevates the intellect over the affective faculties and that is much more skeptical about non-empirical claims.

Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. He has written in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of logic, and on the philosophy of Edmund Husserl. This lecture is based on themes from Willard’s forthcoming book, The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge.

R.C. Sproul Interviews Stephen Meyer

Ligonier Ministries have uploaded several videos on YouTube of R.C. Sproul in conversation with Stephen Meyer, author of the book Signature in the Cell. They discuss philosophy, evolution, education, Intelligent Design, and other issues.

The interview is in five parts.

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