Is Faith in God Unreasonable? Debate: Alex Rosenberg vs. William Lane Craig (Live Stream from Purdue University)
Friday, February 1, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)
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What hath Jerusalem to do with Athens? Or what hath faith to do with reason? Drs. William Lane Craig and Alex Rosenberg will debate this all important and pervasive question concerning the reasonableness of faith in God. The nature of the question in this debate is no mere academic matter. The question of God is the most important question. One’s answer to it will impact nearly all other beliefs one holds from common notions of morality to politics and from our interest and investigation of our world to what we take to be our purpose(s) in life. Is “faith” foolish? By this, should it be understood to be blind? Or is it reasonable and, if so, by what measure and to whom is it foolishness?
For many, Mark Twain is right on the mark when he said that “Faith is believing something you know ain’t true.” Yet the great thinkers of Judaism and Christianity like Philo, Moses Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, and John Calvin considered faith to be an extraordinarily important virtue (moral and/or intellectual)! Indeed, it is not only the condition by which salvation is appropriated in these Abrahamic faith traditions (which are taken by insiders to actually be knowledge traditions), but it is the basis for movements from Mother Teresa’s compassion and our concern for the poor to Isaac Newton’s inspiration in science in light of God’s creation of the world and man being made in God’s image. Is faith in God reasonable? Ought we to have faith in God?
R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy. Rosenberg has been a visiting professor and fellow of the at the Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Minnesota, as well as the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Oxford University and a visiting fellow of the Philosophy Department at the Research School of Social Science, of the Australian National University.
He has held fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In 1993 Rosenberg received the Lakatos Award in the philosophy of science. In 2006-2007 he held a fellowship at the National Humanities Center. He was also the Phi Beta Kappa-Romanell Lecturer for 2006-2007.
William Lane Craig
Research professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He has earned doctorates from the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984) and has taught at Trinity Evangelical Seminary and Wheaton College, along with pursuing research at the University of Louvain (Belgium).
Dr. Craig is an international lecturer and debater. He has spoken at numerous universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Moscow, and Peking. Given his extensive experience, he is known for his skillful communication to both scholar and student alike. He has authored over 30 books and over 100 articles. Visit him online at www.reasonablefaith.org.
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The Christian Apologetics Program at Biola University
The Christian Apologetics Program at Biola University features a variety of disciplines to train Christians to contend for the faith. It offers two Master of Arts degrees, a Certificate Program, and a variety of debates, lectures, and special events open to the public. These programs and events are designed to meet the needs of people with families, careers, and active lives across the United States and receive a stimulating education on the defense of the faith. Biola University is a private Christian university founded in 1908 in Southern California. It offers 145 academic programs through seven schools. All programs are regionally and professional accredited. Visit us at www.biola.edu/apologetics.
Corey Miller (Ph.D. candidate in philosophical theology) is the Faculty Commons-Cru staff member at Purdue who directs the Christian Faculty Staff Network and is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. With graduate degrees in philosophy, biblical studies, philosophy of religion & ethics, including an M.A. in Philosophy from Talbot School of Theology, he is co-editor of Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science, and Rhetoric (Routledge, forthcoming).
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Symposia Christi at Purdue University
The Symposium is an annual event held at Purdue University drawing thousands from the campus, community, and surrounding region. While spearheaded by Faculty Commons, it is co-led and or supported by multiple campus ministries (e.g. Cru, InterVarsity, Navigators, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Reformed University Fellowship, Chi Alpha, and more) and area churches. Its purpose is to explore and debate some of the most probing questions about faith, reason, and life via panel discussions, lectures, and debates. Nearly forty talks are given by at least a dozen professors, pastors, and parachurch ministers over the weekend.
Symposia speakers and themes include:
2013 - William Lane Craig (Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Visiting Professor, M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University), “The Foolishness of Faith”
2012 - Paul Copan (Philosophy Chair and President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Visiting Lecturer M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University), “The Problem of God”
2011 - Gary Habermas (Distinguished Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University, Adjunct Professor M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University), “Jesus: the Controversy”
2010 - Jerry Root (Professor of Evangelism and C.S. Lewis at Wheaton College, Adjunct, M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University), “C.S. Lewis: Pilgrimage of Faith”
2009 - Greg Koukl (Christian apologist, author, and radio host, Adjunct Professor, M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University). “Right Thinking in an Upside Down World”