I think its merely because I got drunk; and I found a really good article advertised.
William Lane Craig is a philosopher who I have had the pleasure to meet in person; I must say that when I first met him, that I didn’t like him very much. But, seriously, however, I think this fellow has a lot of interesting work.
The phenomenon of Christian Analytic Philosophers is VERY VERY interesting. I am of the view that everyone in the world is full of shit except analytic philosophers. Analytic philosophers have training in logic, metaphyics, and history of philosophy. A lot of people who argue for or against God generally do not have the relevant philosophical background to truly appreciate the background arguments and history; for example. How powerful Hume’s arguments were, how important Aquinas’ five ways were, or the role of science in philosophy.
However, even philosophers I do not trust with credence to deal with Christianity. Because, one needs to have read the Christian historey, and works; like Aquinas; Augustine, Irenaeus, Pascal, Kant, Schliermacher, Barth, Rahner, Liberation theology, Black theology, Feminist theology, and Postmodern theology.
There are, however, a few philosophers who I have a deep sense of respect for; not because I agree or disagree with them, but because of the breath and strength of their intellectual pursuits. I mention here, the likes of William Lane Craig (outside of his apologetics, he is a proper philosopher, who writes very powerful and insightful articles; he believes, for instance, that the B-series of time is incompatible with Relativity); Alvin Plantinga (who has written on Modality and a lot of epistemology); William Alston (who is, in my knowledge of philosophy, a well-cited and well reputed epistemologist, on a par with the likes of people like Laurence BonJour).
I had a tutor at university who had this phrase “he’s no fool!”. I seriously believe that a person who has established the philosophical consensus of the view that the B-series is incompatible with relativity is no fool. I do not believe that non-fools talk nonsense; except if they are drunk, horny, or accidic; I believe these philosophers do not satisfy either of these conditions.
I have a few comments to make:
1. If you can prove S5 modality, you can give a successful proof of God’s existence. I have a friend in graduate school who believes in a view that is compatible with S5 modality; which proposes that there are no possible worlds that, in any circumstance, entertain actuality.
2. Philosophical arguments for the existence of God; if they are to be modern and sophisticated, engage in a philospohical language that the lay person cannot understand; these are serious arguments and a serious fight has to be made on both sides; this is not an appeal to authority; this is an appeal to sophia.
3. Philosophical arguments for the existence of God, assume advocation of the project of Natural philosophy (Cf. Aquinas); not too many protestants would accept this commitment; particulary those who advocate analogia fides; or sola Christus/sola fides. Natural philosophy is a view that (to my knowledge) is a big concession to Catholic philosophy/theology. This issue is an internal argument for Christian believers….
In short, I seriously say to you readers, that atheism is no obvious thesis to be true. Neither position, if seriously entertained, is the stock of fools.