I’ve heard some skeptics and even some Christians complain that Christian apologists more or less just parrot William Lane Craig.
I don’t know what that is supposed to prove. That you get bored easily?
Nonetheless, I think there is something to be learned here.
First of all, so what? Down here in Texas we like to say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Trying to be cute, or “original,” often lands you in idiosyncrasy and error. Standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before you is extremely wise.
Secondly, Dr. Craig’s well known arguments succeed, so why would you not parrot them? Likewise, they are syllogistic and easy for an audience to follow. One would be wise to “copy” him.
Lastly, Solomon got it right when he said, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” If you are to argue for God’s existence, or Jesus’ resurrection, at some point you are going to “copy” someone else. Just be sure to cite them!
At any rate, not all apologists are “copying” William Lane Craig. Well known apologist, Braxton Hunter, uses his “Free Will Argument” as the basis of his argumentation for God’s existence. And he has added a new element to the Resurrection argument that he calls “Recalibrated Plausibility.”
Probably my personal favorite apologist, Edward Feser, uses the Thomistic and Aristotelian arguments to prove God’s existence.
So, there is plenty going on in apologetics other than William Lane Craig and his arguments, although, rightly, Dr. Craig’s ministry casts a large shadow over the apologetics universe.
If someone called me a William Lane Craig copycat, I would take it as a compliment.