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In Defence Of Arguments From Desire

 In Defence of Arguments from Desire Re-Defending Arguments from Desire: A Second Response to Gregory Bassham Peter S. Williams (September 2016) In C.S. Lewis’s Christian Apologetics: Pro and Con (Leiden: Brill Rodopi, 2015), Gregory Bassham and I debated the argument from desire (AFD). As with all of the debates in this volume (which Dr Bassham… Read more »

Five Arguments for Theism

download PDF   Five Arguments for God – by Peter S. Williams     1) A Kalam Cosmological Argument   At a recent conference honouring physicist Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday, atheist cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin affirmed that ‘All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.’[1] A New Scientist editorial on the conference… Read more »

Terror from the skies and the Existence of God

download PDF   Terror From the Skies and the Existence of God (2001) by Peter S. Williams     On Tuesday 11th September 2001, terrorists flew two hijacked jumbo jets into the World Trade Centre (and one into the Pentagon) causing death and destruction on an incomprehensible scale, on live TV. To consider the philosophical… Read more »

Cardiff University “Does God Exist?” opening speech

download PDF   Cardiff University Debate on ‘The Existence of God’ (February 2013)   Opening Speech by Peter S. Williams     My opening speech will offer a cumulative case of four arguments for theism.   1) A Moral Argument   Coming to know that the earth goes around the sun was a matter of… Read more »

Ecclesiastes and the Meaning of Life

download PDF Ecclesiastes and the Meaning of Life   For the Christian Theist, life is meaningful in that it is the purposeful, good creation of God. The telos (or goal) of human existence is to know and worship God for eternity. In the Christian worldview then, life has an objective purpose, and this purpose is… Read more »

Cambridge Union debate – “God is not a delusion”

download PDF Cambridge Union – ‘This house believes that God is not a Delusion’– Opening Speech by Peter S. Williams   According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV 2000, p. 765) a delusion is:   ‘A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what… Read more »

Jesus the Exorcist

download PDF   Jesus the Exorcist   by Peter S. Williams   “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God!” – Unnamed demon, (Mark 1:24).     Synopsis   The New Testament presents Jesus as, among other… Read more »

Evidence Relating to Prayer for Healing

download PDF Evidence Relating to Answered Prayer for Healing   By Peter S. Williams   Perhaps the most widely claimed contemporary public experience of the supernatural would be the claim to have witnessed miracles of healing in answer to prayer. According to a 1996 Time magazine poll 82% of adult Americans believe in the healing… Read more »

Intelligent Designs on Science

download PDF Intelligent Designs on Science: A Surreply to Denis Alexander’s Critique of Intelligent Design Theory   Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil)     I am gratified that my paper ‘Theistic Evolution & Intelligent Design in Dialogue’[1] has initiated a real life dialogue between these two fallible human attempts to understand origins. In ‘Designs on… Read more »