This will be short and bitter… well, bitter-sweet. I’ve been listening to Greg Bahnsen’s debate with Gordon Stein. I heard it a few years back, but I found it on this blog. Here are some fun recollections of that debate from Dr. Frame, who was present. You can also hear it on YouTube.
One thing that blew me away in Dr. Stein’s opening statement was his treatment of some of the classical “proofs” of God’s existence. Okay, according to Bellevue Christian School’s transcript of the debate, here’s how Dr. Stein summarizes a couple of these classical arguments. First, the Cosmological Argument:
Everything must have a cause, therefore the universe must have a cause, and that cause was God. God was the first or uncaused cause.
Wow. Nothing about “every effect must have an antecedent cause” and nothing about it impossibility of “infinite regress,” but just that quick and inaccurate summary. Here’s a clear and concise statement of this argument. By comparison, anyone can see how wildly deficient Stein’s articulation is. (more…)