Tonight in Brisbane. Tickets sold out six days ago.
Krauss, called by Scientific American “one of the few top physicists who is also known as a “public intellectual,“ is perhaps best known currently for his position that everything can be got from nothing , a message that, one suspects, sums of public life today. And, … wait a minute, wasn’t that Krauss grousing a while back about how rottenly Craig had behaved during their previous debate?:
LK: Yeah absolutely meaningless and disingenuous in the extreme. The use of those pseudo-equations at the beginning shocked me and it was only after the fact that it really upset me because it really indicated that he had no interest in explaining anything but rather hoodwinkin the students who were there.
Well, he’s back for more anyway, this time in a round table rather than a debate, discussing the question: has science buried God?
Lane Craig, you will recall, recently noted that ID theorist Michael Behe is better known as a theistic evolutionist than Francis Collins, which would be nice if it were true because it would establish a benchmark for honesty on this topic in Christian intellectual circles. Craig is perhaps best known outside Christian communities for the lengths to which Richard Dawkins was prepared to go to avoid debating him.
Anyway, from the promo material:
In his piece, Krauss argues just because it seems like that the world we live in has been created by design doesn’t mean it was. He makes the argument that we’ve often held wrong assumptions about the universe, and it’s likely our current knowledge will be trumped before long. “Everywhere we look,” he writes, “it appears that the world was designed so that we could flourish.” But that’s the so-called “illusion” we need to fight.
William Lane Craig’s article attacks the notion of materialism or naturalism, wherein the physical world is all there is. In it, he argues using philosophical and scientific logic there must be a reality beyond the physical world. It is a much longer, detailed piece of rhetoric.
It will be interesting to see how the Professors fare in conversation with each other, given they come from different disciplines (science and philosophy) and have faced off in the past, but in a format Krauss refused this time around–debate. City Bible Forum is hoping the conversation style events promote more open discussion and less of a point-scoring approach.
Here’s a previous encounter: