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July 7, 2016

Watching William Lane Craig

After reading Arks blog this morning, I decided to look up this Criag fellow.   I found a lot on him.  I have watched two of his “debates” and I have a few observations as I watch a third.   My observation first is he rushes his words.   He is spitting out words like a salad shooter on high, yet he never seems to care of what impact what he says has on his audience.    He never even seems to pause at the end of a sentence.  In fact the only tone change is when he thinks he has said something so smug he gloats.   He never engages the people listening to him, he has memorized his statements and he speils them out without seeming to care if the listeners get what he is saying or not.  He treats everything he says as if it is so undisputed he need only throw it out there and everyone must admit its truth.  He treats the debates as if his statements have already been proven and the more words he speaks the more he gets paid.   Quite frankly he annoys me !   Look he talks as if everyone was wasting his time to begin with.   IF I hear his words , I am to be immediately filled with his understanding and meaning.   He then rushes on.  In fact he says at one point deeper thought is unneeded.   He gives me no time to absorb what he is spouting, and he states what he wants you to think the other side of the debate is saying or thinking or meaning, and yet gives no reason for that assertion, and he says what he thinks they claim in such a diversionary way as to make you think he is simply humoring small children with his talk.   I find it very irritating.  

Another point I want to make is he sites his bible constantly , no matter the debate topic , as the definitive word on any and all subjects, even when the authority or the worth of that book is the subject in question.   That smugness is to me a fatal flaw.  Then when his opponent points out the flaws in his argument, he simply ignores what they said.  He is not giving the audience or me time to digest what he is saying and in the few times he says something that is not a direct quote from  his holy book, he simply rushes on before the information can be absorbed or processed.   You lose the one or two possible salient points because you are now trying to keep up with all the new words pouring out of his mouth.   I have found him terrible at tying what he says now into and with what he did say before.     The debate I am listening to is “Does God Exist” and he just cited five passages from the bible, then acting as if that should be enough to prove his god exists, his whole point,  he is glowing with congratulations for himself, feeling smug that he could solve the debate in his first five minutes, showing clearly he has no intention of listening to any rebuttal,  and totally missing the fact that simply quoting his holy book for his religion doesn’t prove it is a holy book or that his god exists.     I am not the world’s greatest debater but I know you do not win your point by simply stating a thing as fact, nor even reciting written documents time and times again IF…IF you can not tie them into the subject and the debate.  Dry lists of “cited passages” never win a debate as they don’t mean anything.  You have to bring the information to a point where it means something to the people hearing it.  You have to relate it to their lives, you have to give it meaning.  You need to weave it into their understanding of their lives and how it would affect them.   I watched Bob Hope read a grocery list, yes a stupid simple grocery list and it was one of the funniest comedy routines I ever watched.  Why , because he made each item respond to the listener’s life, he made the mundane seem more important with a pause, a look, a witty after remark.  It was not the list of groceries that was funny… it was the way he was presenting it.   That is what William Lane Craig fails to understand.  To me he wants us to hear the list of groceries and instantly believe , yet he makes no effort to tie it into our lives.  Maybe I am missing something , but I can’t understand why some people think him so great.   Many hugs

4 Comments »

  1. “Lil Bill Craig is on the top of my a-hole list.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — July 7, 2016 @ 06:52

  2. If you go back a decade or so and watch his earlier stuff it is like listening to a tape-loop. Basically Nothing has changed. He is simply an awful person.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Arkenaten — July 7, 2016 @ 07:46


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