Richard Dawkins was invited by the Oxford University Christian Union to defend his book The God Delusion in public debate with William Lane Craig in the Sheldonain Theatre, Oxford on Tuesday 25th October 2011. The invitation remained open until the last minute. However, Dawkins refused the challenge and his chair remained empty.

Craig then gave a lecture to a capacity audience on the weaknesses of the central arguments of Dawkins' book and responded to a panel of academics. The event, which was chaired by atheist Professor Peter Millican, was part of The Reasonable Faith Tour 2011 sponsored by UCCF, Damaris & Premier Christian Radio.

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