Friday, 19 August 2011

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I was interested in this item of news which I imagine is true:

Polly pulls out of atheism debate

Atheist Polly Toynbee has cancelled her debate with leading Christian apologist William Lane Craig. Toynbee, the President of the British Humanist Association, apologised for the inconvenience but said, ‘Having looked at his previous performances, this is not my kind of forum.’ Richard Dawkins and AC Grayling have already chickened out of tackling Craig as he tours the UK. The American philosopher has previously debated Anthony Flew (when he was an atheist), Lewis Wolpert, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. Harris admitted that Craig is ‘the one Christian apologist who seems to put the fear of God into my fellow atheists’. Toynbee’s debate, organised by Premier Christian Radio, was due to take place at Westminster Central Hall in October. The search is now on for a suitable British replacement.
Source: The Church of England Newspaper (14/8) 

It looks to me that they've now found a replacement, atheist philosopher Stephen Law. It's part of the Reasonable Faith Tour, which includes in the absence of opponents a one-sided debate on Dawkins' The God Delusion at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford!
 Craig Tour Details

And here's an ironic YouTube video about various responses to the tour:

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