Response to Review by William Lane Craig of
Has Science Found God
I would have thought that a scholarly journal would publish thoughtful book reviews that make an honest attempt to explain an author's arguments and provide a rational critique. Instead, the review of my book Has Science Found God? by William Lane Craig (Vol. 47, No. 1 Winter 2005) is nothing more than a diatribe filled with distortions, ad hominems, and downright falsehoods.
He begins by characterizing me as being "bitter" about my catholic upbringing. In fact, I discuss that experience with humor and sympathy, describing the priests I encountered as compassionate and even "delightful."
Craig then misrepresents the clearly stated purpose of the book, which was to critique the wide range of recent claims that science has uncovered evidence for the existence of God. He seems to have read only the section where I criticized his particular formulation of the cosmological argument, for which his primary justification is simply that it is "intuitively obvious." He completely ignores the scientific material, treating the book as a philosophical treatise on cosmology, which I never claimed it to be.
Instead of arguing the merits of the issue, Craig indulges in further ad hominems, accusing me of "philosophical gaucherie" and "childish" ratiocinations. He falsely claims that I have used "a logically incoherent model of the origin of the universe which no other scientist in the world accepts, when in fact the models I discuss have been published by highly respected scientists in reputable scientific journals.
In September, 2003, I debated Craig on Hawaii on the existence of God. Even Christians in the audience were disgusted by his unwillingness to argue the issues and instead carry on like a TV evangelist. He does this again in his review, making statements that sound like logical arguments but are little more than assertions that appeal to his audience's emotions and misguided intuition.
Victor J. Stenger