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It became known as the Great Debate.
In 1985 the University of California at Irvine hosted a public debate between philosopher Greg Bahnsen and atheist Gordon Stein on the topic “Does God Exist?”
Stein came prepared to cut down traditional apologetic arguments for the existence of God, but the philosopher’s approach was unexpected. Bahnsen went on the offensive and presented the Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God: the God of the Bible must exist because no other worldview makes rational sense of the universe and logic, science, and morals ultimately presuppose a theistic worldview. He explained: "The transcendental proof for God’s existence is that without Him it is impossible to prove anything."Bahnsen takes a radically different approach than Christian philosopher/theologian William Lane Craig. By granting atheist presuppositions of laws of logic, rationality, and order in a godless universe, we cede too much -- they play the game on a field that is only rational if theism is true!