William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949) is an American philosopher and theologian from Peoria, Illinois. He specializes in analytic philosophy and Christian apologetics. Craig earned his Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham in 1977. He has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Westmont College. He has been Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California since 1996.
He revived interest in the Kalām cosmological argument for the existence of God with his 1979 publication of a book by the same name. In theology, he has also defended Molinism and the belief that God is, since Creation, subject to time. Craig has authored or edited a number of other books, including Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics.
Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It?
If you would like to find out more about many of the ideas that Dr. Craig touches on in this interview, you may want to visit our William Lane Craig Speaks on C.S. Lewis page, which can either be accessed directly from the main page by clicking on The C.S. Lewis Study Group tab on the far left side of the main menu bar, or from this page by clicking on the red hotlink just above . That page has various embedded hot links that lead to presentations for many of the topics being addressed in the discussion you find below. Richard Cunningham interviews William Lane Craig on the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. The interview broadens from C.S. Lewis into discussion of various topics, including:
• the Kalam Cosmological Argument;
• the Trilemma argument and the addition of ‘Legend’ to the question of whether Jesus is ‘Lord, Liar or Lunatic’ – see also ‘The Trilemma: Lord, liar or lunatic?’; •
what the titles of Son of God and Son of Man tell us about Jesus;
• Lewis’ encounter with Elizabeth Anscombe at the Socratic Club debate in 1948 and its consequences (including philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s own treatment of the issue under debate – see Plantinga’s talk ‘An Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism’);
• the use of imagination in apologetics and the role in apologetics of the human longing for something ‘more’ or ‘beyond’;
• Lewis’ responses to logical positivism and to postmodernism. Professor Craig also states that in his own ministry he has argued that the existence of God and God’s self-revelation in Jesus as shown by his resurrection from the dead are “the twin pillars on which Christianity rests”.
Dr. William Lane Craig Speaks on C.S. Lewis