Something is afoot in Oxford. The Christians are fighting back. To herald the 'Reasonable Faith Tour' with William Lane Craig, Oxford's buses are carrying the slogan: There's Probably No Dawkins. Now Stop Worrying and Enjoy Oct 25th at the Sheldonian Theatre.What follows is one of the most devastating take-downs I ever had the privilege of reading on the 'Net. What shines through is Mr. Dawkins readiness to bring his intellectual prowess to bear on unsophisticated creationists, but his refusal to do so when confronted with a scholarly, thoughtful mind. Beating on those weaker then you, but running when there's a real fight in the offing. That is the hallmark of a school-yard bully, isn't it?
The advertising campaign follows Richard Dawkins' refusal to debate the existence of God with philosopher William Lane Craig as he visits the UK this month. He has an open invitation to debate Professor Craig at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre on 25th October. The Oxford bus campaign echoes the 2009 London atheist bus advertisements: 'There's Probably No God. Now Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life.'
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, California and is arguably the world's foremost defender of historic Christianity. Widely respected among academic philosophers, he has debated with many leading atheists across the world, including Peter Atkins, Daniel Dennett, Anthony Flew, AC Grayling, Christopher Hitchens, Lewis Wolpert and most recently, Sam Harris.
Harris has described Professor Craig as 'the one Christian apologist who has put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists'.
Dr Dawkins' refusal to debate Professor Craig led fellow Oxford academic Dr Daniel Came, who is an atheist himself, to write to Dr Dawkins stating that 'the absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part'.
In the mean time, if you want to read more on the intellectually impossible position modern-day 'high church' atheists find themselves in, may I recommend The Irrational Atheist (pdf) by Vox Day. I particularly liked his demonstration of the social ineptitude of committed atheists: 'I'm an arsehole, therefore God does not exist'. That may sound crude and offensive when read out of context. But Vox Day makes a good case for the veracity of that statement.