Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Debate Video: Hugh Ross vs. Victor Stenger- Scientific Arguments for a Creator?


Victor Stenger, author of God: The Failed Hypothesis, is an opponent of scientific arguments for a Creator. In this debate, Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe challenges many of Stenger's assumptions and makes his own case for a Creator with a testable creation model. 

This program was recorded at the 2008 Skeptics Society Conference entitled Origins and the Big Questions.  You can order your copy here.

The exchange was interesting, but I found Stenger's attempt to avoid an initial singularity to be disappointing. He argued using a model develop by Stephen Hawking based upon "imaginary time" in which Hawking himself admits is "just a metaphysical proposal." [1]  Moreover, Stenger seemed unwilling to defend it in the cross-examination.

Finally, the Q and A was interesting, with Dr. Ross receiving almost all of the questions.  Most were respectfully asked.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnotes:

1. Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time (New York: Bantam, 1988), p. 136-139.

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