William Lane Craig


William Lane Craig
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Born (1949-08-23) August 23, 1949 (age 72)
EducationWheaton College (B.A.)
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
University of Birmingham (Ph.D.)
University of Munich (D.Theol.)
Notable work
Reasonable Faith (1994)
Jan Craig
(m. 1972)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic philosophy
Doctoral advisor
Other academic advisorsNorman Geisler
Main interests
Notable ideas
Kalam cosmological argument

William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949) is an American analytic philosopher,[5] Christian theologian, Christian apologist, and author.[6] He is Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University and Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University).[7] Craig has updated and defended the Kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God.[8][9][10][11][12] He has also published work where he argues in favor of the historical plausibility of the resurrection of Jesus.[13] His study of divine aseity and Platonism culminated with his book God Over All.[14][15] He is a Wesleyan theologian who upholds the view of Molinism and neo-Apollinarianism.[16][17]

Early life and education

Craig was born August 23, 1949, in Peoria, Illinois, to Mallory and Doris Craig.[18][19] While a student at East Peoria Community High School (1963–1967),[20] Craig competed in debate and won the state championship in oratory.[21][8] In September 1965, his junior year, he became a Christian,[22][23][24] and after graduating from high school, attended Wheaton College, majoring in communications.[25][8] Craig graduated in 1971 and the following year married his wife Jan, whom he met on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ.[25][26] They have two grown children and reside in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.[26] In 2014, he was named alumnus of the year by Wheaton.[25]

In 1973 Craig entered the program in philosophy of religion at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School north of Chicago, where he studied under Norman Geisler.[27][28][8] In 1975 Craig commenced doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Birmingham, England,[29] writing on the cosmological argument under the direction of John Hick.[30][8] He was awarded a doctorate in 1977.[31] Out of this study came his first book, The Kalam Cosmological Argument (1979), a defense of the argument he first encountered in Hackett's work.[8] Craig was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in 1978 from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation[32] to pursue research on the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus under the direction of Wolfhart Pannenberg at the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München in Germany.[29][33][32][8][27] His studies in Munich under Pannenberg's supervision led to a second doctorate, this one in theology,[25][8] awarded in 1984 with the publication of his doctoral thesis, The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus During the Deist Controversy (1985).[34][35]


Craig joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1980, where he taught philosophy of religion until 1986.[36] In 1982 he received an invitation to debate with Kai Nielsen at the University of Calgary, Canada, on the question of God's existence.[37] Encouraged by the reception,[37] Craig has formally debated the existence of God (and related topics such as the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus) with many prominent figures, including: Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Lawrence M. Krauss,[8] Lewis Wolpert, Antony Flew, Sean Carroll, Sir Roger Penrose, Peter Atkins, Bart Ehrman, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Paul Draper, Gerd Lüdemann, and A. C. Grayling.[38][39][8] He also debated with Canadian Islamic scholar Shabir Ally.[40]

After a one-year stint at Westmont College on the outskirts of Santa Barbara, Craig moved in 1987 with his wife and two young children back to Europe,[41] where he was a visiting scholar at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain) in Belgium until 1994.[41][42] At that time, Craig joined the Department of Philosophy and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology in suburban Los Angeles as a research professor of philosophy, a position he currently holds,[22][7][43] and he went on to become a professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University in 2014.[7][43] In 2016, Craig was named Alumnus of the Year by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.[44] In 2017, Biola created a permanent faculty position and endowed chair, the William Lane Craig Endowed Chair in Philosophy, in honor of Craig's academic contributions.[45]

Craig served as president of the Philosophy of Time Society from 1999 to 2006.[46][47] He helped revitalize the Evangelical Philosophical Society and served as its president from 1996 to 2005.[8]

In the mid-2000s,[48][49] Craig established the online Christian apologetics ministry ReasonableFaith.org.[7]

Regarding his written work, Craig has authored or edited over forty books and over two hundred articles published in professional philosophy and theology journals,[50][51] including the following, highly ranked,[52] journals: The Journal of Philosophy,[53] British Journal for the Philosophy of Science,[54] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research,[55][56] Philosophical Studies,[57] Australasian Journal of Philosophy,[58][59][60][61] Faith and Philosophy,[62] Erkenntnis[63][64] and American Philosophical Quarterly.[65]

Philosophical and theological views

Kalam cosmological argument

Craig has written and spoken in defense of a version of the cosmological argument called the Kalam cosmological argument.[a][67][68] While the Kalam originated in medieval Islamic philosophy, Craig added appeals to scientific and philosophical ideas in the argument's defense.[8] Craig's work has resulted in contemporary interest in the argument, and in cosmological arguments in general.[69][70][71]

Craig formulates his version of the argument as follows:

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence."[66][69]

Craig's defense of the argument mainly focuses on the second premise,[72][73] and he offers several arguments to support it. For example, Craig appeals to Hilbert's example of an infinite hotel to argue that actually infinite collections are impossible, and thus the past is finite and has a beginning.[74][75][76] And, in another argument, Craig says that the series of events in time is formed by a process in which each moment is added to history in succession. According to Craig, this process can never produce an actually infinite collection of events, but can at best produce a potentially infinite one. On this basis, he argues that the past is finite and has a beginning.[69][77][78]

Craig also appeals to various physical theories to support the argument's second premise, such as the standard Big Bang model of cosmic origins and certain implications of the second law of thermodynamics.[8][69][74]

The Kalam argument concludes that the universe had a cause, but Craig further argues that the cause must be a person.[66] First, the only way to explain the origin of a temporal effect with a beginning from an eternally existing cause is if that cause is a personal agent endowed with freedom of the will. Second, the only candidates for a timeless, spaceless, immaterial being are either an abstract object like a number or an unembodied mind; but abstract objects are causally effete. Third, a causal explanation can be given in terms either of initial conditions and laws of nature or of a personal agent and his volitions; but a first physical state of the universe cannot be explained in terms of initial conditions and natural laws.[79]

Craig's arguments to support the Kalam argument have been discussed and debated by a variety of commentators[80][81] including philosophers Adolf Grünbaum,[82] Quentin Smith,[83] Wes Morriston,[84][85] Graham Oppy,[86] Andrew Loke,[87] Robert C. Koons,[88] and Alexander Pruss.[89] Many of these papers are contained in the two-volume anthology The Kalām Cosmological Argument (2017), volume 1 covering philosophical arguments for the finitude of the past and volume 2 the scientific evidence for the beginning of the universe.[90][91]

Divine Omniscience

Craig is a proponent of Molinism, an idea first formulated by the Jesuit theologian Luis de Molina according to which God possesses foreknowledge of which free actions each person would perform under every possible circumstance, a kind of knowledge that is sometimes termed "middle knowledge."[92] Protestant-Molinism, such as Craig's, first entered Protestant theology through two anti-Calvinist thinkers: Jacobus Arminius and Conrad Vorstius.[93][94] Molinists such as Craig appeal to this idea to reconcile the perceived conflict between God's providence and foreknowledge with human free will. The idea is that, by relying on middle knowledge, God does not interfere with anyone's free will, instead choosing which circumstances to actualize given a complete understanding of how people would freely choose to act in response.[95] Craig also appeals to Molinism in his discussions of the inspiration of scripture, Christian exclusivism, the perseverance of the Saints, and missionary evangelism.[96]

Resurrection of Jesus

Craig has written two volumes arguing for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus (1985)[13][97] and Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus (3rd ed., 2002).[98][99] In the former volume, Craig describes the history of the discussion, including David Hume's arguments against the identification of miracles. The latter volume is an exegetical study of the New Testament material pertinent to the resurrection.

Craig structures his arguments for the historicity of the resurrection under 3 headings:[100]

  1. The tomb of Jesus was found empty by a group of his female followers on the Sunday after his crucifixion.[101]
  2. Various individuals and groups experienced appearances of Jesus alive after his death.
  3. The earliest disciples came to believe that God had raised Jesus from the dead despite strong predispositions to the contrary.

Craig argues that the best explanation of these three events is a literal resurrection.[102] He applies an evaluative framework developed by philosopher of history C. Behan McCullagh[103] to examine various theoretical explanations proposed for these events. From that frame work, he rejects alternative theories such as Gerd Lüdemann's hallucination hypothesis, the conspiracy hypothesis, and Heinrich Paulus or Friedrich Schleiermacher's apparent death hypothesis as lacking explanatory scope, explanatory power, and sufficient historical plausibility.[104][105]

Philosophy of time

Craig defends a presentist version of the A-theory of time. According to this theory, the present exists, but the past and future do not. Additionally, he holds that there are tensed facts, such as it is now lunchtime, which cannot be reduced to or identified with tenseless facts of the form it is lunchtime at noon on February 10, 2020. According to this theory, presentness is a real aspect of time, and not merely a projection of our thought and talk about time. He raises several defenses of this theory, two of which are especially notable. First, he criticizes J. M. E. McTaggart's argument that the A-theory is incoherent, suggesting that McTaggart's argument begs the question by covertly presupposing the B-theory. Second, he defends the A-theory from empirical challenges arising from the standard interpretation of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity (SR). He responds to this challenge by advocating a neo-Lorentzian interpretation of SR which is empirically equivalent to the standard interpretation, and which is consistent with the A-theory and with absolute simultaneity. Craig criticizes the standard interpretation of SR on the grounds that it is based on a discredited positivist epistemology. Moreover, he claims that the assumption of positivism invalidates the appeal to SR made by opponents of the A-theory.[106][107][108]

Divine eternity

Craig argues that God existed in a timeless state causally prior to creation,[108] but has existed in a temporal state beginning with creation, by virtue of his knowledge of tensed facts and his interactions with events.[109]He gives two arguments in support of that view. First, he says that, given his tensed view of time, God cannot be timeless once he has created a temporal universe, since, after that point, he is related to time through his interactions and through causing events in time.[109] Second, Craig says that as a feature of his omniscience, God must know the truth related to tensed facts about the world, such as whether the statement "Today is January 15th" is true or not or what is happening right now.[107][110][111][112][b]

Divine aseity

Craig has published on the challenge posed by platonism to divine aseity or self-existence.[114][14][115] Craig rejects both the view that God creates abstract objects and that they exist independently of God.[116] Rather, he defends a nominalistic perspective that abstract objects are not ontologically real objects.[117] Stating that the Quine–Putnam indispensability argument is the chief support of platonism,[118] Craig criticizes the neo-Quinean criterion of ontological commitment, according to which the existential quantifier of first order logic and singular terms are devices of ontological commitment.[119][120]

Craig favors a neutral interpretation of the quantifiers of first-order logic, so that a statement can be true, even if there isn't an object being quantified over. Moreover, he defends a deflationary theory of reference based on the intentionality of agents, so that a person can successfully refer to something even in the absence of some extra-mental thing. Craig gives the example of the statement “the price of the ticket is ten dollars” which he argues can still be a true statement even if there isn't an actual object called a “price.”[121] He defines these references as a speech act rather than a word-world relation, so that singular terms may be used in true sentences without commitment to corresponding objects in the world.[122] Craig has additionally argued that even if one were to grant that these references were being used as in a word-world relation, that fictionalism is a viable explanation of their use; in particular pretense theory, according to which statements about abstract objects are expressions of make-believe, imagined to be true, even if literally false.[123]

The Atonement

In preparation for writing a systematic philosophical theology, Craig undertook a study of the doctrine of the atonement which resulted in two books The Atonement (2019) and Atonement and the Death of Christ (2020).[124] Craig offers a biblical, historical, and philosophical formulation and defense of a multifaceted theory of Christ’s atoning death with penal substitution as the central facet. Craig’s philosophical defense of the coherence and plausibility of penal substitution is noteworthy for its creative and extensive use of philosophy of law and legal theory.

Historical Adam

Also as a preliminary study for his systematic philosophical theology Craig explored the biblical commitment to and scientific credibility of an original human pair who were the universal progenitors of mankind.[125] Following the Assyriologist Thorkild Jacobsen, Craig argues on the basis of various family resemblances that Genesis 1-11 plausibly belongs to the genre of mytho-history, which aims to recount historical persons and events in the figurative and often fantastic language of myth. This genre classification enables Craig to turn to the evidence of palaeoanthropology to determine when human beings first appeared on this planet. On the basis of palaeontological and archaeological evidence Craig argues that Adam and Even could have belonged to the species Homo heidelbergensis somewhere > 750 kya. So ancient a date is consistent with the evidence of population genetics, which permits an original human pair ancestral to all humanity any time > 500 kya.

Most recently Craig has begun writing a projected multi-volume systematic philosophical theology.[126] Its combining the methods of analytic philosophy with the chief themes of Protestant systematic theology will, if completed, yield a unique contribution to systematic and philosophical theology in our day.

Other views

Craig is a critic of metaphysical naturalism,[127] New Atheism,[128] and prosperity theology,[129] as well as a defender of Reformed epistemology.[130] He also states that a confessing Christian should not engage in homosexual acts,[131] and has expressed support for overturning Roe v. Wade.[132] Craig maintains that the theory of evolution is compatible with Christianity.[133][134] Craig is not convinced that the "current evolutionary paradigm is entirely adequate" to explain the emergence of biological complexity, and he is inclined to think that God had to periodically intervene to produce this effect.[135][136] He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture[137] and was a fellow of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design.[138] In his debate with Paul Helm, Craig explains that he would call himself an "Arminian" "in the proper sense."[94] Furthermore, he has explained himself as a Wesleyan or Wesleyan-Arminian.[139]

As a non-voluntaristic divine command theorist, Craig believes God had the moral right to command the killing of the Canaanites if they refused to leave their land, as depicted in the Book of Deuteronomy.[140][141] This has led to some controversy, as seen in a critique by Wes Morriston.[142][143] Craig has also proposed a neo-Apollinarian Christology in which the divine logos stands in for the human soul of Christ and completes his human nature.[144]

The prominent atheist thinker Richard Dawkins has repeatedly refused to debate Craig, and he has given what he calls Craig's defense of genocide as one of his reasons for doing so.[145][146] Meanwhile, atheist philosopher Daniel Came accused Dawkins of cowardice for refusing to debate Craig on the existence of God without appropriate reason.[147]


According to Nathan Schneider, "[many] professional philosophers know about him only vaguely, but in the field of philosophy of religion, [Craig's] books and articles are among the most cited".[8] Fellow philosopher Quentin Smith writes that "William Lane Craig is one [of] the leading philosophers of religion and one of the leading philosophers of time."[148]

In 2016, The Best Schools named William Lane Craig among the 50 most influential living philosophers.[149] In 2021 Academic Influence ranked Craig the thirteenth most influential philosopher in the world over the previous three decades (1990-2020) and the world’s fifth most influential theologian over the same period.[150][151]

With respect to his debating skills, Sam Harris once described Craig as "the one Christian Apologist who seems to have put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists".[8]

The Governor and Legislature of the State of Georgia presented Craig with a commendation in 2021 for his influential work in Philosophy.[152]

Selected publications

  • Craig, William Lane (1979), The Kalām Cosmological Argument, London: MacMillan, ISBN 978-1-57910-438-2.
  • Craig, William Lane (1980), The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz, London: MacMillan, ISBN 978-1-57910-787-1.
  • Craig, William Lane (1981), The Son Rises: Historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus, Chicago: Moody Press, ISBN 978-1-57910-464-1.
  • Apologetics: An Introduction. Chicago: Moody Press. 1984. ISBN 0-8024-0405-7
  • Reasonable Faith. Wheaton: Crossway. 1984 (1st ed), 1994 (2nd ed), 2008 (3rd ed). ISBN 0-89107-764-2 / ISBN 978-0-89107-764-0
  • The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus During the Deist Controversy. Toronto: Edwin Mellen. 1985. ISBN 0-88946-811-7
  • The Only Wise God: The Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom. Grand Rapids: Baker Bookhouse. 1987. ISBN 1-57910-316-2, 978-1-57910-316-3
  • The Problem of Divine Foreknowledge and Future Contingents from Aristotle to Suarez. Leiden: E.J. Brill. 1988. ISBN 90-04-08516-5 / ISBN 978-90-04-08516-9
  • Knowing the Truth About the Resurrection. Ann Arbor: Servant. 1988. ISBN 0-89283-384-X, 978-0-89283-384-9
  • Craig, William Lane (1989), Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus, Studies in the Bible and early Christianity, 16, Toronto: Edwin Mellen Press, ISBN 978-0-88946-616-6
  • Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism I: Omniscience. Leiden: E.J. Brill. 1990. ISBN 90-04-09250-1, 978-90-04-09250-1
  • No Easy Answers. Chicago: Moody Press. 1990. ISBN 0-8024-2283-7, 978-0-8024-2283-5
  • Craig, William Lane (1991). Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism: Omniscience. ISBN 978-90-04-09250-1.
  • ——— (1991), Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom: The Coherence of Theism: Omniscience, Brill, ISBN 978-90-04-09250-1.
  • Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology (with Quentin Smith). Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1993. ISBN 978-0-19-826383-8
  • The Tensed Theory of Time: A Critical Examination. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 0-7923-6634-4 / ISBN 978-0-7923-6634-8
  • Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Debate Between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan. Grand Rapids: Baker Bookhouse. 1998.
  • God, Are You There?. Atlanta: RZIM. 1999. ISBN 1-930107-00-5, 978-1-930107-00-7
  • Craig, William Lane; Lüdemann, Gerd (2000). Copan, Paul; Tacelli, Ronald Keith (eds.). Jesus' Resurrection: Fact Or Figment? a Debate Between William Lane Craig & Gerd Lüdemann. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-1569-2.
  • ——— (2000). The tensed theory of time: a critical examination. Springer. ISBN 978-0-7923-6634-8.
  • ——— (2000), The Tenseless Theory of Time: A Critical Examination, Dordrecht: Kluwer, ISBN 978-0-7923-6635-5.
  • God, Time and Eternity. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2001. ISBN 978-1-58134-241-3 / ISBN 978-1-58134-241-3
  • Time and The Metaphysics of Relativity. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2001. ISBN 0-7923-6668-9
  • Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time. Wheaton: Crossway. 2001. ISBN 978-1-58134-241-3 / ISBN 978-1-58134-241-3
  • What Does God Know? Atlanta: RZIM. 2002. ISBN 978-1-930107-05-2
  • Hard Questions, Real Answers. Wheaton: Crossway Books. 2003. ISBN 978-1-58134-487-5 / ISBN 978-1-58134-487-5
  • Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (with J.P. Moreland). Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. 2003.
  • Craig, William Lane; Flew, Antony; Wallace, Stan W. (2003), Does God Exist?: The Craig-Flew Debate, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0-7546-3190-3.
  • ———; Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter (2004). God?: A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516599-9.
  • ———; Copan, Paul (2004). Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration. Grand Rapids: Baker Bookhouse. ISBN 0-8010-2733-0.
  • ——— (2008). Smith, Quentin (ed.). Einstein, relativity and absolute simultaneity. London; New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415591669.
  • ——— (July 3, 2008). "God is Not Dead Yet". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  • On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook. 2010. ISBN 1-4347-6488-5 / ISBN 978-1-4347-6488-1
  • A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible (with Joseph E. Gorra). Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2014. ISBN 0802405991 / ISBN 978-0802405999
  • Learning Logic. 2014. ISBN 1502713764 / ISBN 978-1502713766
  • On Guard for Students: A Thinker's Guide to the Christian Faith. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook. 2015. ISBN 0781412994 / ISBN 978-0781412995
  • ——— (2016). God Over All: Divine Aseity and the Challenge of Platonism. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-878688-7.
  • ——— (2017). God and Abstract Objects: The Coherence of Theism III: Aseity. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-55383-2.
  • ——— (2020). Atonement and the Death of Christ: An Exegetical, Historical, and Philosophical Exploration. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 978-1-4813-1204-2.
  • ——— (2021). In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-7911-0.

See also


  1. ^ Craig's own version of the Kalām argument is succinct: 1. 'Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.' 2. 'The universe began to exist,' i.e., the temporal regress of events is finite. 3. 'Therefore the universe has a cause of its existence' Following Ghazali, Craig argues that this cause must be a personal will. Nothing but the arbitrary choice of a free agent could account for the fact that the world was created at one time rather than another, or (if time comes into being with the first event) for the fact that the first event did not have a predecessor.[66]
  2. ^ When Craig says that God is timeless "prior to" the creation of time, the relevant notion of priority is not supposed to be temporal, as there is no time temporally prior to the first moment of time. Rather, Craig means to suggest that God is prior to time in some non-temporal sense that is difficult to specify, and which involves the idea that God was the cause of the universe. Several philosophers have argued that Craig's notion of non-temporal priority is not clear.[110][111][112] Craig has attempted to clarify his view in response.[113]


  1. ^ Craig & Carroll 2016, p. 102.
  2. ^ a b c Craig, William Lane (August 23, 2011). "Dr. Craig's Favorite Philosopher, Debate, and Books". Reasonable Faith (podcast). Interviewed by Harris, Kevin. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ Alvarez 2013, p. 238.
  4. ^ Roach, David (September 8, 2014). "Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg Dies". Baptist Press. Southern Baptist Convention. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  5. ^ Schneider, Nathan (July 1, 2013). "The New Theist". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2019-06-11. The result is a person [Craig] ... who cannot only hold his own against fellow analytic philosophers...
  6. ^ Creel 2014, p. 205.
  7. ^ a b c d Murashko, Alex (February 5, 2014). "Leading Apologist William Lane Craig to Join Houston Baptist U's School of Christian Thought Faculty". The Christian Post. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Schneider, Nathan (July 1, 2013). "The New Theist: How William Lane Craig Became Christian Philosophy's Boldest Apostle". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington. Retrieved 2018-01-22.
  9. ^ Reichenbach (2017). "In his widely discussed writings William Lane Craig marshals multidisciplinary evidence for the truth of the premises found in the kalām argument.... [much more discussion follows]"
  10. ^ Sun, Eryn (September 30, 2011). "Dawkins defends decision not to debate apologist William Lane Craig". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2019-06-12. ...[Craig is] the leading Christian apologist, famous for his revival of the Kalam cosmological argument which asserts that God caused the universe to first exist.
  11. ^ Horn, Trent (July 17, 2013). "New Support for the Cosmological Argument". catholic.com. Retrieved 2019-06-12. Although the argument fell into relatively obscurity after it was promoted in the Middle Ages, it received new life through William Lane Craig’s 1979 book The Kalam Cosmological Argument. Craig has become the argument’s leading proponent, and thanks to his famous debates with atheists that end up on YouTube, the kalam argument has become well-known and is vigorously dissected by critics.
  12. ^ Robinson & Baggett 2016, p. 212.
  13. ^ a b Habermas 1988.
  14. ^ a b Craig 2016.
  15. ^ McNabb, Tyler Dalton. "Review of God Over All: Divine Aseity and the Challenge of Platonism by William Lane Craig". Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies. ISSN 2572-2832.
  16. ^ "The Mechanics of Neo-Apollinarian Christology".
  17. ^ "Neo-Apollinarianism and Mind/Body Dualism".
  18. ^ Craig, William Lane. "Does the Problem of Material Constitution Illuminate the Doctrine of the Trinity?". Retrieved 2019-07-10. I am the second child of Mallory and Doris Craig...
  19. ^ Craig, William Lane (February 5, 2018). "Questions on Certainty and Debate". Retrieved 2019-07-22. But that doesn't undermine my knowledge that I was born in Peoria, Illinois and raised in Keokuk, Iowa.
  20. ^ Craig, William Lane. "Debating". Reasonable Faith. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
  21. ^ "Records and History – Original Oratory". Illinois High School Association. Retrieved 2015-05-27.
  22. ^ a b "William Lane Craig". La Mirada, California: Biola University. Archived from the original on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2014-05-05.
  23. ^ "William Lane Craig and Sean McDowell". Fervr. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  24. ^ Craig, William Lane (November 5, 2007). "Faith and Doubt". Retrieved 2019-07-10. To speak personally, I myself was not raised in an evangelical home, but I became a Christian my third year of high school.
  25. ^ a b c d "Dr. William Lane Craig Named Alumnus of the Year". Wheaton, Illinois: Wheaton College. May 7, 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-11.
  26. ^ a b Schneider, Nathan (July 12, 2013). "7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher". Killing the Buddha. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  27. ^ a b Craig, William Lane. "Double Doctorates". Reasonable Faith. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-05-10.
  28. ^ "William Lane Craig Named TEDS Alumnus of the Year". Trinity International University. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  29. ^ a b "William Lane Craig". calvin.edu. Calvin College. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  30. ^ Cramer, David C. "John Hick (1922—2012)". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. ISSN 2161-0002. Retrieved 2019-06-12. Many of [Hick's] former students are now established Christian philosophers in their own right, including ... William Lane Craig...
  31. ^ "The Cadbury Lectures 2015: God Over All Back to 'The Cadbury lectures' 16 March - 20 March 2015". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 2019-07-22. Hosted by the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion. Our theme for 2015 is 'God Over All' , and will consist of a series of lectures given by Professor William Lane Craig (Talbot School of Theology and Houston Baptist University; PhD University of Birmingham 1977).
  32. ^ a b "Humboldt Network: Prof. Dr. William L. Craig". Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-16. Host(s) and host institute(s) during Humboldt sponsorship: Prof. Dr. Wolfhart Pannenberg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, München; Start of first sponsorship: 01.01.1978
  33. ^ Sanders, Fred (September 18, 2014). "The Strange Legacy of Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg". Christianity Today. Archived from the original on 2014-09-21. Retrieved 2019-06-12. Accordingly, Pannenberg marshaled the available evidence and argued that the most rational interpretation of it is that Christ actually rose from the dead. That a high-level German theologian would defend Christ’s resurrection as a knowable fact was headline news in the religious press of the 1970s. It’s no surprise, then, that Pannenberg’s emphasis on the historical reliability of the Resurrection attracted students like apologist William Lane Craig.
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External links

  • Official Reasonable Faith website
  • Official Reasonable Faith YouTube channel
  • Meister, Chad. "Philosophy of Religion". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. ISSN 2161-0002. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  • Works by or about William Lane Craig in libraries (WorldCat catalog)