‘God Over All’
March 16-20, 2015
Hosted by the John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion. Our theme for 2015 is ‘God Over All’ , and will consist of a series of lectures given by Professor William Lane Craig (PhD University of Birmingham 1977).
The traditional concept of God, rooted in the biblical and patristic witness, is that God exist uniquely a se. That is to say, God is the only self-existent being, the sole ultimate reality, and all else that exists has been created by God. The most important challenge to this doctrine issues from Platonism, the view that there exist necessary, eternal, uncreated abstract objects. The main argument for Platonism is the so-called Indispensability Argument, which holds that our use of first-order logical quantifiers and singular terms in sentences we take to be true commits us ontologically to the reality of such objects. Theists might attempt to escape this challenge by adopting anti-Platonic forms of realism about such objects. But an arguably better course is to challenge the devices of ontological commitment which underlie the Indispensability Argument. When called upon to speak about such objects in a metaphysically heavy sense, the theist should regard such objects no more than useful fictions.
- Lecture 1 (Monday 16 March, 2015): Divine Aseity
- Lecture 2 (Tuesday 17 March, 2015): The Challenge of Platonism
- Lecture 3 (Wednesday 18 March 2015): Anti-Platonic Realism
- Lecture 4 (Thursday 19 March, 2015): Making Ontological Commitments
- Lecture 5 (Friday 20 March, 2015): Just Pretend