In “The Great Debate: Does God Exist?” (The Resurgence, 2012 01 17)
Justin Holcomb revisits a remarkable 1985 debate:
It became known as the Great Debate.
In 1985 the University of California at Irvine hosted a public debate between philosopher Greg Bahnsen and atheist Gordon Stein on the topic “Does God Exist?”
Stein came prepared to cut down traditional apologetic arguments for the existence of God, but the philosopher’s approach was unexpected. Bahnsen went on the offensive and presented the Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God: the God of the Bible must exist because no other worldview makes rational sense of the universe and logic, science, and morals ultimately presuppose a theistic worldview. He explained:
The transcendental proof for God’s existence is that without Him it is impossible to prove anything. The atheist worldview is irrational and cannot consistently provide the preconditions of intelligible experience, science, logic, or morality. The atheist worldview cannot allow for laws of logic, the uniformity of nature, the ability for the mind to understand the world, and moral absolutes. In that sense the atheist worldview cannot account for our debate tonight.
Remember that when you hear Darwin’s friends say stuff like our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth, and ethics is an illusion – all the while bemoaning the big increase in science fraud.
Of course, the true significance – and one every sympathetic reader should take to heart – is that the Darwinists and their ilk burble on regardless, receiving attention, funding, and praise, despite this huge and obvious problem.
It’s all nonsense, but Top People don’t mind. Will it hurt you? Dunno. All we know is, there’s no safety catch.
Here’s the transcript. Here’s the aud.
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