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Converting a Leading Christian Apologist to Islam

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Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD

Prof. William Lane Craig

In one of his debates Prof. William Lane Craig says: “God is a metaphysically necessary, beginningless, eternal, uncaused, timeless, spaceless, immaterial being, Who is omnipotent and source of absolute moral values, now that is a concept of God worthy of worship!”  Now, it is abundantly clear to everyone, except those whose senses are dulled by life time of indoctrination in Christian dogma, that Jesus, who is perfect man and fully divine, according to the Christian teachings, does not have any of these attributes.  Jesus was born in 1-4 AD and had a beginning and therefore is not eternal.  He was caused and spent 9 months in the womb of Mother Mary.  He is not timeless.  He occupied space and many of his disciples touched and saw him.  He often expressed his human weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the canonical Gospels.  Need I say more?  Prof. Craig here is talking about God of Islam and possibly Judaism, but not Triune God of his Christianity!  Read on and in the words of Sir Francis Bacon’s advice, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”

William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949)[1] is an American analytic philosopher, philosophical theologian, and Christian apologist.[2] He is known for his work in the philosophy of religion, philosophy of time, and the defense of Christian theism.[3] He is notable for reviving interest in the Kalām cosmological argument with his 1979 publication of The Kalām Cosmological Argument, an argument for the existence of God with origins in medieval Islamic scholasticism.[2][4] In theology, he has also defended Molinism and the belief that God is, since Creation, subject to time.[2][5][6]

Craig has authored or edited over 30 books, including The Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz (1980), Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology (with Quentin Smith, 1993), Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview (with J.P. Moreland, 2003) and Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (3d edition, 2008).

Prof. Craig has emerged as a leading Christian apologist in recent times.  It will be wonderful if he converts to Islam.  But, given a life time of indoctrination and all the social, financial and academic perks that he presently enjoys, it is hard for him to believe in Islam, short of a miracle.  However, it is easy to show that God that he has been defending all his life so eloquently is God of Islam and not God of Triune Christianity.

Through his debates, he has been known to instill the fear of God among the atheists.  The Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be upon him, had prophesied that Muslim Messiah will break the cross and cause renaissance of Islam.  The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani came in India in fulfillment of these and other prophecies of the Holy Prophet Muhammad and the Holy Quran.  He wrote very powerful arguments in favor of Islam and refutation of false doctrines of Trinity and vicarious atonement in Christianity.  He also laid the foundation of a dynamic and missionary community of his followers, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, almost 120 years ago.  Since the very beginning the Ahmadi apologists of Islam have enjoyed logical supremacy over their Christian counterparts.  The Christian apologists in India were shy to engage Ahmadi Muslims in dialogue or debate a century ago in India and later in Africa and this will continue to be the case.  In other words the Ahmadi Muslim apologists have been putting the fear of Allah in the hearts of the Christian apologists for the last 120 years and God willing, this post will be no exception.

After I convert all of Prof. William Lane Craig’s scholarship, in favor of Islam in this post, I will challenge him to a written debate in the last part of this post to defend his Christian God.  I believe and pray that he will be hard pressed to do that as I will be using all of his own debates, writings and scholarship against him, in favor of Islam and he will have the additional burden of defending against all I have collected against Trinity, vicarious atonement, Eucharist, different Ecumenical Councils and two natures of Jesus in our site Islam for the West.  Additionally, if Muslims start talking about Mother Mary, as mother of Jesus, may peace be on him and its ramifications, Christian God disappears in thin air.

My first exhibit to show that Prof. William Lane Craig actually presents the God of Islam and not the Triune God of Trinity is Cambridge Union Society God Debate (Oct. 2011).  The motion for this debate was “This House Believes that God is not a Delusion.” It took place before a packed house at the Cambridge Union Society on 20th October 2011, as a part of William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith Tour 2011. Be sure to watch until the end to hear the results of the votes!

Proposing the motion were William Lane Craig and Peter S.Williams.
Opposing the motion were Arif Ahmed and Andrew Copson.  Here is the debate:

Prof. Craig’s partner Peter S.Williams in this debate was parroting his arguments in favor of God and among the three arguments that he put forward. he mentioned the Cosmological argument.  According to Wikipedia, Craig’s primary contribution to philosophy of religion is his revival of the Kalām cosmological argument. In The Kalām Cosmological Argument, he formulates the argument in the following manner:

  1. Everything that begins to exist has a cause of its existence.
  2. The universe began to exist.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause of its existence.

In this debate Craig and his partner argued that such a cause has to be an unembodied mind, which is God.  The argument is sound.  But later someone questioned, as to who created God?  Prof. Craig’s reply is that God is eternal and did not begin to exist.  He conveniently forgets that Jesus has two natures, perfect man and fully Divine, and his human part certainly began to exist.  Even the divine part began to exist if we have to logically understand Jesus as the literal son of God the Father.  Both the father and son cannot be co-eternal or they lose the paternal-son relationship! According to both Christian and Muslim traditions, Jesus developed for 9 months in the womb of Mother Mary and was born between 1-4 AD.  So certainly the two natured Jesus, as presented by the Christian dogma had a beginning and needs an explanation, like our universe according to Cosmological argument.  But, the God of Islam and Judaism, Who is perfectly beyond time, space and matter and is eternal and causeless, does not need an explanation of His causation!

Around 47 minute mark Prof. Craig says in this debate that here they are defending Monotheism of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Deists and Theists of many sorts.  Soon after, he goes onto say that the ontological, cosmological and other arguments presented, during the debate offer you, “A metaphysically necessary, beginningless, eternal, uncaused, timeless, spaceless, immaterial being, Who is omnipotent and source of absolute moral values, now that is a concept of God worthy of worship!”  Now, it is abundantly clear to everyone, except those whose senses are dulled by life time of indoctrination in Christian dogma, that Jesus, who is perfect man and fully divine, according to the Christian teachings, does not have any of these attributes.  Jesus was born in 1-4 AD and had a beginning and therefore is not eternal.  He was caused and spent 9 months in the womb of Mother Mary.  He is not timeless.  He occupied space and many of his disciples touched and saw him.  He often expressed his human weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the canonical Gospels.  Need I say more?  Prof. Craig is talking about God of Islam and possibly Judaism but not Triune God of his Christianity!

In the following debate Prof. William Lane Craig makes good arguments for existence of God as he usually does. But, as is his style, he also makes some frivolous and weak arguments for resurrection of Jesus, may peace be on him, which I have refuted in other posts and I am linking one here. So, we learn from him when he is right and knowledgeable and ignore him where he is ignorant!

William Lane Craig makes false claims about swoon hypothesis!

Once the Triune God of Christianity is refuted, this and many of Prof. William Lane Craig’s debates become defense of the Transcendent God of Islam and Judaism, Who is truly beyond time, space and matter.  According to the Christian doctrine Jesus is part of Triune God. At the same time they also claim that God raised Jesus from the dead. How could it be? If a third of God was lying dead, how could the rest of the two third function? If it could function well then there was no need for the remaining third. Please think about it!

Around 1:49 time mark Prof. William Lane Craig remarks that God is Transcendent and you cannot touch Him, see Him or feel Him. He forgets that he believes in Jesus to be God and Thomas did touch his wounds after resurrection and countless people touched and saw him before. The point being that Christian belief in divinity of Jesus is such an irrationality that it is impossible for even the smartest Christians to keep track of the ramifications of their Triune God in day to day dialogue.

In the following debate around 1:00 hour time mark Herb Silverman nicely refutes Prof. William Craig’s exaggerated claims about resurrection:

Epilogue

I invite Prof. William Lane Craig to a written debate here to defend his Triune Christian God.  Whatever he posts in comment section will be accurately presented and he can, of course, duplicate his comments in his own site, to ensure my promise.  So, it will be an honest debate rather than showmanship and trickery.  If he chooses not to engage in a written debate here, then let the readers know that the Christian Triune God, not only died for three days in the first century CE, but, is permanently dead!

It is very likely that when a Muslim reader presents all this information to his or her Christian friend, he or she will unconsciously give up reason and take refuge in ‘faith.’  At this time our Christian brothers and sisters will need to be reminded about the absurdity of their move by a question that as to why they were participating in a discussion in the first place, if it is all a matter of faith.  Additionally, why have the Christian apologists been trying to reason and preach their faith for two millennia now?  They could also be asked that don’t they believe that it was the reasonability of Christian faith, which gave it ascendancy over Paganism in the early Roman Empire?  Now the Christian friends may be ready for another article: Faith and reason: an invitation to the Christians.

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5 Responses to Converting a Leading Christian Apologist to Islam

  1. Zia H. Shah

    August 2, 2012 at 9:56 am

    The Messiah, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, the Founder of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, wrote about God, as he contrasted Islam and Christianity:

    The God of a true religion should be so much in accord with reason and the light of nature that His existence should be a matter of proof for people who possess reason but who have no heavenly book in which they believe. He should be such as does not savor of coercion or artificiality. Such perfection is characteristic of the God Who is presented by the Holy Qur’an. The followers of other religions have either abandoned the True God, as have the Christians, or have attributed improper and low attributes to Him, as have the Jews, or have deprived Him of His attributes, as have the pagans and the Aryas. The God of Islam is the same True God Who is seen through the mirror of the law of nature and is visible in the book of nature. Islam has not presented a new God but has presented the same God Who is presented by the light of man’s heart and by man’s conscience and by heavens and earth. Another quality of a true religion is that it should not be a dead creed. The blessings and greatnesses which were cultivated in it in the beginning should persist in it till the end of the world for the promotion of the welfare of mankind, so that ever fresh signs should confirm its past signs and should not permit the light of its truth to become an old tale. I have been writing over a long period that the Prophethood which was claimed by our lord and master Muhammad, the chosen one [peace and blessings of Allah be on him] and the heavenly proofs in the form of signs which he had set forth, still continue in Islam and are bestowed upon his followers so that they should arrive at the state of complete understanding and should witness the Living God directly. The signs which are attributed to Jesus are mere stories, and are nowhere to be seen, and therefore this religion, which teaches the worship of the dead, is itself dead like its god. A verity cannot be confined to old tales. Every people have a store of tales setting forth alleged miracles and wonders. It is a characteristic only of Islam that it does not present merely the defective and imperfect comfort of tales and stories, but satisfies the seekers with living signs. A seeker after truth should not be satisfied with senseless worship of the dead and should not be put off with sorry tales. We have come into the market of the world to purchase the best. We should not waste our faith by exchanging it with false things. A living faith is that through which we can find the Living God. The Living God is He Who can inspire us directly, or could at least bring us in contact with one who is directly inspired. I convey this good news to the whole world that the God of Islam is such a Living God. Those with whom no one can now speak are dead and are not God. No one can see their signs today. He whose god is dead would be put to shame in every field and would be humiliated and would not be helped in any way. My purpose in making this announcement is that a religion which is true does not change. As it was in the beginning, so it would be at the end. A true religion would never become a dry tale. Islam is a true religion and I call everyone—Christians, Aryas, Jews and Brahmus—to show them the truth of Islam. Is there anyone of them who seeks the Living God? We do not worship the dead.

    Our God is Living. He helps us through His inspiration and revelation and through heavenly signs. If there is a single Christian who is truly a seeker after truth, let him make a comparison between our Living God and his dead god. For such a trial, a period of forty days would suffice.

    [Majmu'a Ishtiharat, Vol. 2, pp. 310-312]

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  2. Ash Issam

    August 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I was also impressed by Prof. Craig’s intellect and reason when defending God. He definitely has cultivated a deep understanding of philosophy and debate but it is also amazing how he manages to still latch on to the Christian doctrines. His reason and intellect lead him to a certain idea but he latches on to the Christian doctrines out of necissity. He was born a Christian and that truth has been indoctrinated in him from a young age it would be hard to detach from that foundation despite how Islam would be a lot more compatible with his beliefs about God. Seeking after truth is not seeking what you desire. Our mind gets blinded by what we desire so that we bend the truth to fulfill that desire.

  3. MNA KHAN

    August 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Sayings of Muhammad ( S.A) ” A Hadeeth”
    ” WHO SAYS NO ONE IS TO WORSHIP EXCEPT GOD IS MUSLIM”
    (MAN CALLA LA ILLAH ILLALLAH FA HO WA MUSLIM).
    As Jesus worshiped only one God He was a Muslim.So Jesus and Muslims believes the one and only Al-Mighty God.Jesus and Muslim’s concept of God is same but the Christan’s concept after death of Jesus changed.I like to suggest to the Christians please try to find Jesus One and Only Al-Mighty God.The God help you.

  4. Abdul Ghayab

    August 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    May Allah ‘The God’ be your Helper!

  5. anisa

    August 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    May Allah make your efforts fruitful.Amen
    Your reasoning is the truest way of understating. May Allah enable him and countless others to understand it.
    Allah says a human heart is between His two fingers whenever He may wish He can change it. Our sincerest prayers for this cause.