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Philosophers Debate Origin of the Universe at Davidson College

January 15, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu


Did God create the universe? Philosophers William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith will tackle that question in a free, public debate at Davidson College on Thursday, January 25. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Chambers Gallery, and is sponsored by the college's public lectures committee and the department of philosophy.

Craig and Smith co-wrote the book, Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology, but come down on different sides of the question of God's authorship of the universe.

Craig, a research professor at the Talbot School of Theology, takes the affirmative position. Craig first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ at the age of sixteen as a junior in high school. He received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, and completed graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Birmingham in England, and the University of Munich. He has taught religion and philosophy at Trinity and Westmont College, and has also conducted research at the University of Louvain in Belgium. Craig has received numerous awards and grants, and has held leadership positions in the Society of Christian Philosophers and the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Smith, professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University, takes the negative position. A Rhinebeck, N.Y. native, Smith was an undergraduate at Antioch College, and received his Ph.D. from Boston College. His areas of expertise include metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion, language, and science. Before his tenure at Western Michigan, Smith taught at Antioch College, Case Western University, Purdue University, and the University of Kentucky. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of The Journal of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. His books include Ethical and Religious Thought in Analytical Philosophy of Language, The Felt Meaning of the World, and Language and Time.

For more information on their public debate at Davidson, call 894-2216.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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