“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” ― Christopher Hitchens
This is a fantastic debate if, like me, you like a bit of cosmology!
The participants are William Lane Craig, a philosopher and Christian apologist, and Sean Carroll, a physicist at Caltech. As the debate title implies, this is all about what current cosmology says about the existence (or not) of God. There is a fair bit of cosmology jargon here but don’t worry, it doesn’t get too heavy. It is long, I would suggest listening to the opening arguments of both (start at 0:24.00) and then skip to closing remarks (1:35.25 to 1:51.50). The Q&A at the end has some interesting bits also.
I think it’s clear to anyone that Carroll comes out the clear winner here (even though he states early on his aim was not to simply win the debate), which is hardly surprising considering he is very much on home ground with the subject. But I was even more impressed with his final statement, where he goes beyond the science, than his explanations of why Craig’s cosmological claims were mainly wrong. I hope Carroll does many more of these debates, he’s one of the best science communicators around these days (check out his two amazing books From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time and The Particle at the End of the Universe: The Hunt For The Higgs And The Discovery Of A New World) and shows here that’s he’s also one of the very best debaters we have.