(Book: On Guard, by William Lane Craig. Chapter 3: “Why does anything at all exist?”)
I will say this for Dr. Craig: his book is well-organized. Chapter 3 is laid out around a five step syllogism.
- Whatever exists has an explanation.
- If the universe has an explanation, that explanation is God.
- The universe exists.
- Therefore the universe has an explanation.
- Therefore the explanation of the universe is God.
Mind you, there are significant problems with each of those steps except the third—but it’s well-organized! He has laid out his five main points, and now he’s going through each one, answering objections and offering supporting arguments. It’s a fisker’s paradise, not the least because Dr. Craig is such a good debater. If anybody can make a good case for Christianity, it’s Dr. C. As we look at his last 3 points for Premise #1, though, it’s clear that the material he has to work with isn’t enough to prove what he wants to prove.