This is one of the more interesting debates to listen to involving Bahnsen. It is held over a radio station, therefore it doesn’t follow the normal patterns of debate (ie. moderated, opening and closing arguments, rejoinders, etc.) and at times gets a little heated. Especially so when the second caller, an atheist, called and ended up hanging up yelling “George, get him to define God!”
Take note that Smith does not answer Bahnsen’s key question: “in an atheistic worldview, how does one account for the very laws of logic being used in the debate.” Which of course, anyone who presupposes the non-existence of the Christian God cannot account for.
Bahnsen’s respect for Smith is quite apparent, and his desire to communicate clearly the Christian worldview. It’s great to see him react to the second caller who got a little heated, easily putting him in his place philosophically.
Over and over again, when I read or listen to non-Christian thinkers try to tear down Christianity, the worldviews that they propose do not go far enough in their defense. Consistently they fail to give a rational justification of things that the are taken for granted. This is why the laws of logic prove to be such a stumbling block to all non-Christian worldviews. Either the laws of logic are conventions determined arbitrarily by men and therefore subject to change, or they are a result of the natural faculties of the mind in which ethics are completely derailed. Only the Sovereign God who is unchanging can account for the laws of logic as they exist outside of the mind and function as universal absolutes.
Really, this is a good debate. Of the ones that I have listened to, I think that George Smith has been the most informed and posed the best challenge. I’m sure that I’ll listen to it a few more times!