Dr. Craig describes their first meeting...
I am currently in Mexico to participate in a conference called Ciudad de
las Ideas, which is a conference modeled on the TED conference in the US.
It features lots of high tech people, sociologists, psychologists, economists,
As part of the conference they´re having a panel of six of us debate on the
question ¨Does the Universe Have a Purpose?¨ Well. to my surprise, I just
found out that one of the three persons on the other side is Richard Dawkins!
It´s true! I met him the other night. When he came my way, I stuck out my
hand and introduced myself and said, Ï´m surspised to see that you´re on the
He replied, "And why not?"
I said, ¨Well, you´ve always refused to debate me."
His tone suddenly became icy cold. "I don´t consider this to be a debate with
you. The Mexicans invited me to participate, and I accepted.¨ At that, he
¨Well, I hope we have a good discussion,¨ I said.
"I very much doubt it,¨ he said and walked off.
So it was a pretty chilly reception! The debate is Saturday morning,
should you think of us. I´ll give an update after I get
The six-man debate panel is set to discuss the question, "Does the Universe have a Purpose?"
Affirmative Position: Rabbi David Wolpe, William Lane Craig, Douglas Geivett
Negative Position: Matt Ridley, Michael Shermer, Richard Dawkins
The organization's website has lots of videos posted so I'm hoping they will have this one up soon. I'll post it as soon as it becomes available.
UPDATE 11/14/2010: The video has been uploaded here on YouTube.