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Does God Exist? The Debate Between Theists and Atheists

In a lively debate, which includes questions from the audience, Christian philosopher and ethicist J.P. Moreland and Kai Neilsen, one of today’s best-known atheist philosophers, go head to head on the fundamental issues and questions that have shaped individual lives, races, and nations throughout history. The book is divided into three sections: (i) the transcriptof the oral debate on the existence of God between Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland and atheist philosopher Kai Nielsen; (ii) commentaries on the debate by two Christian philosophers (William Lane Craig and Dallas Willard) and two atheist philosophers (Antony Flew and Keith Parsons); and (iii) concluding thoughts by Moreland and Nielsen.

Table of Contents 

    • Preface
    • Introduction: Why Debate the Existence of God?    11
  • Pt. I    Does God Exist? The Formal Debate
    • 1    Yes! A Defense of Christianity    33
    • 2    No! A Defense of Atheism    48
    • 3    A Christian’s Rebuttal    55
    • 4    An Atheist’s Rebuttal    64
    • 5    Closing Arguments for Atheism    69
    • 6    Closing Arguments for Christianity    73
    • 7    Questions and Answers    76
  • Pt. II    Does It Matter That God Exists? The Debate Continued
    • 8    Ethics Without God    97
    • 9    Ethics Depend on God    111
    • 10    More Questions and Answers    127
  • Pt. III    What Do Others Think? Responses to the Debate
    • 11    In Defense of Rational Theism    139
    • 12    The Case for God Challenged    162
    • 13    Is There a Case for Christian Theism?    177
    • 14    Language, Being, God, and the Three Stages of Theistic Evidence    197
  • Pt. IV    What Would the Debaters Say? Some Closing Arguments
    • 15    Atheism and Leaky Buckets: The Christian Rope Pulls Tighter    221
    • 16    Defending Atheism Again: Remarks on God and Coherence    247
  • Pt. V    How Can I Decide for Myself? The Debate Made Personal
    • 17    The Choice of a Lifetime    287
    • Appendix: Facing the Specific Questions    293
    • Bibliography    308
    • Atheism
    • Christian Theism


About JP Moreland

With degrees in philosophy, theology and chemisty, Dr. Moreland brings erudition, passion, and his distinctive ebullience to the end of loving God with all of one's mind. Moreland received his B.S. in Chemistry (with honors) from the University of Missouri, his M.A. in Philosophy (with highest honors) from the University of California, Riverside, his Th.M. in Theology (with honors) from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology.