Dr. William Lane Craig is a renowned American Christian apologist, theologian and philosopher. Craig is famous for providing attempted proof for the existence of God, using his designed Kalam cosmological argument. Craig’s work is based on the principles of Reformed epistemology.
William Lane Craig was born on August 23, 1949, in Peoria, Illinois. During his childhood and throughout his teenage, William was an atheist and excessively used marijuana. According to his own account of his conversion, he converted to Christianity “after he looked inside his own heart and saw only darkness and selfishness”. Craig said that he experienced a maniacal psychological state, where he believed he felt the presence of the Holy Spirit. He felt as if he was “born again”, however, he did not stop smoking marijuana, and is an active speaker on how marijuana is not antithetical to his profession as a Christian apologist.
Craig enrolled at the evangelical protestant Wheaton College, where he pursued his Bachelors of Arts degree. Later, he received his Master of Divinity summa cum laude from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Munich. In 1980, he was offered a position at the Trinity College, where he taught Philosophy of Religion for the next six years. In 1987, he decided to move to Brussels, Belgium, where he was employed at Talbot until 1994. Later, Craig devoted his time to conducting research at the Catholic University of Louvain.
Craig’s fame is accredited for his development of the Kalam Cosmological argument, which proposes that there is a cause for everything and that Jesus is the “light”. Craig developed two more arguments to support the existence of God, The Teleological or Design Argument and The Objective Moral Values Argument. Craig is famous for his remarkable debating skills, which present the most complex phenomena in the most comprehensive and logical manner. Craig believes that the universe was created to serve a purpose by an All-Powerful, higher entity, and the purpose was forming love and relationships of compassion and kindness.
Craig has made several literary contributions on a wide range of diverse topics including theology, the Christian church, Christian apologetics, metaphysics, epistemology, history, philosophy of science and cosmology among others. He has published around 30 books, some of his widely read and praised publications include “The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus”, “Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom”, “Theism”, “Atheism”, “Big Bang Cosmology” and “God, Time and Eternity” among others. Craig has also been a major contributor to a number of notable professional and academic journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.