William Lane Craig Analysis

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Christian theologian William Lane Craig argues that without the existence God, a person’s life is devoid of meaning, purpose, and value. He claims that since God provides these, he allows humans to lead a satisfying and productive existence. Craig also states that without God, we are without guidance, meaningless, and in despair. In disagreement with atheist philosophers, Craig concludes that it is impossible to live a fufilling life without God. In this paper, I will examine each argument, and provide insight related to the strengths and weaknesses of his claims.

One of Craig’s arguments relates to ultimate meaning. He argues that without God, life has no meaning. Furthermore, if a person simply fades out of existence when he dies, there is no point in doing anything of significance while alive. Craig states, “The universe is doomed to die anyway. In the end it makes no difference whether the universe ever existed or not. Therefore, it is without ultimate significance.” Craig assumes that because the universe will die, a person’s life is insignificant and devoid of meaning. Though Craig states that man is lying to himself in an attempt to create meaning independent of God, he has not stated why a person’s own version of meaning is any less valid than one
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However, such is not the case in today’s world. There currently exists a Jewish version of God, a Christian version of God, a Muslim version, a Hindu version(s), and so on. Every religious group claims to be correct, though no particular religion is proven to have any objective merit over the others. What is to be expected if a believer in the Christian God dies, and learns in the afterlife that the Hindu or Muslim God was correct all along? According to the scenarios established in the wager, a person would indeed have much to lose by solely believing in one specific interpretation of
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