The Case for Theism
Here the focus will be on Craig’s arguments for the ‘generic’ god or gods. That is, it examines the arguments that supposedly demonstrate the existence of Craig’s god, without yet identifying the particular way that this god has revealed itself to humanity. Not only will the individual arguments be judged for their logical validity and soundness, but also the manner in which they support each other and Craig’s case in establishing the truth of theism shall be explored. With these arguments, Craig does not merely wish to convince his audience of a creator, or a designer, or of just ‘some type’ of god. Craig wishes to convince his audience that a particular type of god exists, to wit, the god commonly recognised as ‘God’; that is, the god of classical theism. Craig’s understanding of theism shall be clarified, before the arguments are examined. The arguments that are analysed herein are Craig’s contingency, cosmological, teleological, axiological, ontological, and experiential arguments.