Why is there something rather than nothing?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 7pm to 9pm

Each speaker will deliver a keynote presentation. Then there will be a moderated discussion, followed by questions from the floor.

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Moderator: Dr Rachael Kohn

Academic, author and broadcaster, Canadian-born Rachael taught Religious Studies before joining the ABC in 1992. She has won three international radio awards and produced documentaries for ABC TV’s Compass. She also gained a Doctor of Letters from the University of New South Wales in 2005 for services to the community, fostering religious understanding through broadcasting, public speaking and writing.

Sydney Town Hall

Until the completion of the Sydney Opera House in 1973, the Sydney Town Hall was the city’s largest indoor venue. For almost a century, local and international performers, including musicians, conductors, singers and dancers have entertained patrons from the stage of Centennial Hall or reached wider audiences using recordings and regularly recorded radio broadcasts.

Sydneysiders gather here for civic receptions, memorial services, graduations, annual school speech nights and Christmas concerts. Today, Centennial Hall can justifiably claim to have fulfilled the expectations of the city fathers at its opening for a true ‘temple of democracy’.


Lawrence M. Krauss is a renowned cosmologist and science popularizer, and is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Hailed by Scientific American as a rare public intellectual, he is also the author of more than three hundred scientific publications and nine books, including the international bestseller, The Physics of Star Trek, and his most recent bestseller entitled A Universe from Nothing, now being translated into 20 languages.

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.