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Audiovisual resources

This selection of materials is offered primarily for adults and older teenagers, to enrich their faith and give them familiarity with important topics.

1) Reasons to believe in God

From Reasonable Faith, the ministry of Dr William Lane Craig

These videos outline the core arguments for the existence of God as used by Dr Craig in his debates. These are short, visually appealing presentations to stimulate your own thinking, with the potential to be helpful to older children.

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The Kalam Cosmological Argument

The flagship argument of Dr Craig's work, this is probably the place to start if you are new to apologetics. The argument is short, very simple to learn and is suitable for ages 6+

The Moral Argument

Another simple argument, and actually one of the most persuasive for me personally. Has three basic steps.

The Argument from Fine-Tuning

The laws of nature and the constants and quantities that accompany them provide fertile ground for belief in God. Find out why here...

The Ontological Argument

The most ridiculed of the major arguments for God. That's because its' critics have poorly understood it...

The argument from contingency

One of the most sublime questions somebody can ask is "why is there something rather than nothing?".

Fine-tuning

The fine tuning argument simply illustrated by Justin Brierly, host of the radio show 'Unbelievable?'

What is fine tuning?

Robin Collins part 2

Robin Collins is a philosopher and has developed a sophisticated defence of the argument for the existence of God from fine-tuning. He is the worlds foremost defender of the argument today. 

The Resurrection

The facts

Part 1 of Dr Craig's presentation of the evidence for the resurrection. This looks at the established historical facts.

The Explanation

How best to interpret the historical facts

WL Craig Vs Bart Erhman: Is there Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

This debate took place in 2008 in Massachusets and concerned the historical evidences for the Resurrection. Ehrman is taking the position that this is not a matter for the historian to make judgements on, as it is a matter of theology. Craig is arguing that various facts, such as the Jesus burial, the empty tomb and the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus are indeed items which can be historically attested. The final step, inferring the best explanation for these facts is a philosophical argument. Both Craig and Ehrman have considerable training in New Testament history, Ehrman especially so, and the exchange is stimulating and substantive.

We would suggest familiarising yourself with Craig's videos that outline his argument and then noting how Ehrman responds. Craig's counter rebuttals are the reason he is an eminent debator. 

The Moral Argument

Often held to be the most persuasive of the arguments for the existence of God, here are resources which focus on it in more detail...

A Zangmeister Video (the same as above) explaining Dr Craig's version of the moral argument. It would be suitable to show to children but for the quotation from Michael Ruse with references to the rape of children as an example of something objectively wrong.

Another perspective on the moral argument from the ministry of Ravi Zacharias

Debate: WL Craig Vs Sam Harris

Harris, one of the so-called 'New Atheists' debates Craig on whether the foundation of morality is supernatural or natural.

 

Harris has recently published a book trying to root morality in naturalism, called 'The Moral Landscape'

Debates

Debates are a good way of seeing how robust the Christian Faith is facing up to serious and informed skepticism

Richard Dawkins Vs John Lennox

Richard Dawkins barely needs an introduction to the thinking Christian, being one of the most influential atheists alive today. This is a debate that took place in 2007, in Alabama, sponsored by the Fixed Point Foundation, with John Lennox, a mathematician and theologian at the University of Oxford.

 

The debate focusses on key themes ('theses') from Dawkin's book 'The God Delusion', including the relationship between science and faith, the evil consequences of religious faith and the nature of morality. Both Lennox and Dawkins conduct an exchange that is not overly academic but has engaging flights of rhetoric that make it both substantive and interesting.

Lennox's answers to Dawkin's favourite attacks on theism ("Who created God?") are well worth committing to memory as is the vulnerability of atheism in lacking a transcendent ground for morality.

William Lane Craig Vs Christopher Hitchens

The sonorous rhetoric of the late Christopher Hitchens meets the rational argumentation of Dr Craig at Biola University in 2007

 

We see Craig set out his characteristic arguments for the existence of God (introduced in the videos above) and for the most part, Hitchens fails to address them. Nevertheless, Hitchens makes a powerful case when allowed to cross-examine Craig.

 

A respectful and at times humorous exchange, Hitchens was a larger-than-life character who is missed by both believers and unbelievers alike.

 

Hitchens was a journalist and not a professional philosopher, and his arguments exchange rigour for accessibility and raw emotional appeal. It's a good introductory debate as a stepping stone to more sophisticated argumentaton.

Bishop Robert Barron

Barron is a Catholic apologist with a strong social media presence, commenting on culture and current affairs. His videos give good insights into particular issues. Be sure to check out his youtube channel.

Here are a couple of good examples:-

Discussing the doctrine of Hell

Violence in the Bible

The popularilty of exorcism films