An Inability To Deal With Truth?
The Craig vs Kagan debate has had my head spinning a bit today. People say that Craig is the best debater on the topic of religion, and yet all I see from him, again and again and again, is an inability to deal with concepts beyond God. He makes big jumps logic from one idea to the next, and constantly says he can’t see how such-and-such can be the case if there is no God.
I can see how this might be a difficult proposition for someone who has already decided that God is at the root of all things, but to debate people like this is futile. Or is it?
I’d like to think that arguing with people like Craig in a public forum will give people the chance to see what the best of both sides of the argument have to offer, and that they, the audience, will be able to make up their own minds based on the best argument presented. But for people like Craig, there will be no changing of mind or tact, for he is so bound to his ideas that no new ideas can get through.
When you approach a topic like “Is God necessary for morality” of course both sides will already have a preconceived idea of what they want that answer to be, but the difference between Craig and Kagan, for instance, is that Kagan’s understandings are plastic and malleable, able to change when the information is compelling enough, while Craig’s ideas seem to be so rigidly fixed in place that he hasn’t changed his basic argument for years. Is this an inability to deal with the truth of a situation, or is it a pigheadedness that disallows him the ability to reason through ideas? There are many ideas that have been presented to him that still allow for the presence of a God-being, which is what he wants the truth to be, and yet he sticks to his scripture based dogma, like an unwavering blade of grass in a windstorm, all the while denying the wind that is pounding over him.
After watching a few of his debates, I’m sorry but I can’t take Craig seriously anymore. He sticks his fingers in his ears and says “But why? But why? But why?” without any intention of listening to a reasoned and rational response.