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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 »

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 »

Contra Grayling – A critique of “Against All Gods”

download PDF Contra Grayling   A Christian Response to Against All Gods (Oberon Books, 2007)   By Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil)     A.C. Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birbeck College, University of London, begins his self-described polemic against religion with a question and an answer: ‘Does Religion deserve respect? I argue that it… 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 »

Dawkins’ God Delusion Reviewed

download PDF Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, (Bantam 2006)   Reviewed by Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil)     Richard Dawkins has been described as ‘materialistic, reductionist and overtly anti-religious.’[1] Nevertheless, The God Delusion – which is descended by design from the two-part television series The Root of all Evil?[2] – is his first book… 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 Science,’[2] Cambridge… Read more »

A Universe from Someone: A critique of Lawrence Krauss

download PDF A Universe From Someone: Against Lawrence M. Krauss’ A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (Free Press, 2012)   – Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil); Philosopher in Residence at the Damaris Trust; Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway.    … 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 »

Critique of A.C. Grayling’s “The Good Book”

download PDF A.C. Grayling’s The Good Book: A Secular Bible   – Reviewed by Peter S. Williams (MA, MPhil), Philosopher in Residence at the Damaris Trust, Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews, Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication, Norway.     A.C. Grayling’s opening ‘Epistle to the Reader’ declares an aspiration to guide us through… Read more »