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Overview An excellent choice for a rational and systematic defense of Christianity, this expanded edition covers the existence of God, the problem of miracles, the claims of Christ, and other topics.
Perfect as a textbook yet excellent for lay readers, this updated edition builds a positive case for Christianity by applying the latest thought to core theological themes.
J. Gresham Machen once said, "False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel"-which makes apologetics that much more important. Wanting to engage not just academics and pastors but Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and updated key sections in this third edition of his classic text to reflect the latest work in astrophysics, philosophy, probability calculus, the arguments for the existence of God, and Reformed epistemology.
His approach-that of positive apologetics-gives careful attention to crucial questions and concerns, including: the relationship of faith and reason, the existence of God, the problems of historical knowledge and miracles, the personal claims of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He shows that there is good reason to think Christianity is true. As Craig says, "If you have a sound and persuasive case for Christianity, you don't have to become an expert in comparative religions and Christian cults. A positive justification of the Christian faith automatically overwhelms all competing world views lacking an equally strong case."
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jun 9, 2008
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1433501155 ISBN13 9781433501159
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More About William Lane Craig
William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England; DTheol, University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. He has authored or edited over thirty books and is the founder of ReasonableFaith.org, a web-based apologetics ministry.
William Lane Craig currently resides in the state of California. William Lane Craig was born in 1949 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, USA Catholic University of Louva.
Reviews - What do customers think about Reasonable Faith (3rd Ed)?
Required Reading! Jun 18, 2007
This book is one of the best apologetic primers out there. However, I would highly recommend you seek out the audio version of the book as a companion to or instead of the book. The audio version is fabulously arranged and is not merely a reading of the book, but rather a course in and of itself.
This is Excellent Apr 11, 2007
This volume is a tough read. I used it in a research I was doing on the historicity of Christ, esp. his resurrection. It is tough in some places, but the rereading helps. Buy the book!
A defense of the Christian faith Jan 26, 2007
Craig does a brilliant job in defending the Christian faith. He focuses upon the inner witness of the Holy Spirit. Testimonium sanctum spiritus internum. He focuses upon the absurdity of life without God. And he does a superb job in writing about the historical Jesus.
there are intelligent reasons for biblical christianity Sep 17, 2006
This book is a tremendous work showing that there are actual intelligent reasons for believing in some of the cardinal elements of biblical christianity. This book does not aim to answer every possible concern related to the subject, but it aims at the central issues. Whether or not the content of this book actually proves biblical christianity, well, this is not the point. As a philosophy student, I have learned enough to know that undoubtful proof in the areas of religious belief is notoriously hard to establish. But the point of this book is that there are some very well thought out reasons to back some of the main claims of christian belief. You don't have to embrace wishful thinking, become gullible and just hope it's true. Faith and reason are not automatically in opposition, one does not necessarily rule out the other. That's what this book is. It is a fairly intense exercise in explaining the reasons for believing in God and the Historical actuality of the Jesus of the new testament. ( yes there really are some pretty rational grounds for these beliefs ) Potential buyers of this work need to understand that this is a somewhat difficult book to plow through, it will require a good deal of mental effort, but it is well worth the effort for sure. The only real complaints I have with the actual content is twofold. One is that the Kalam arguement for the existence of God is, I think, too heavily leaned upon. It's not that the arguement is no good, it's just that it's too dependant upon the big bang concept of cosmology which is more problematic than what is commonly realized. Two, at one point, the author lays claim to the Holy Spirit for one of the main ways He knows christianity to be true. Although, this is by no means the only way he claims to back up these beliefs. Now, his claim to the holy spirit giving him his "certainty" is fine if it's kept in it's place, which really is one of subjectivity. After all, other religious adherents may claim that the spirit of their god is telling them of the certainty of their beleifs. At any rate, these two very minor "goofs", if I may call them that, are small potatoes in an other wise very rationally solid book of reasons for biblical faith.
Strengthened my faith Sep 8, 2006
I was born and raised an atheist in a family of atheists. My mother bought me all the books by Steven Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins and I had long ago internalized the idea that Christianity is not rational. I became a Christian because some of the smartest and most loving people in my life were Christians, but deep down the acid of doubt that Christianity is not rational ate at me.
I would give this book five stars alone for removing that doubt. Craig's Kalam Cosmological Argument, while a bit dry, is powerful. Either something is timeless and eternal, or must have been created. Atheist physicists had long wanted a timeless and eternal universe to avoid having to face the question of how it came to be. The Big Bang changed that, and as Craig shows, many physicists worked hard to oppose the Big Bang merely to prop up their atheism. Of course, this proved to be futile and the Big Bang became generally accepted. So while God is timeless and eternal, the Big Bang's must be explained. Craig's Kalam Cosmological argument leads to what atheist physicists knew deep down to be true: God.
The chapter on the absurdity of life without God was extremely well done. I also appreciated the discussion of Alvin Plantinga's view that belief in God is properly basic, and therefore rational, even without evidence (much the same way as the belief that when a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, it still makes a sound). This should not be confused with fideism, which is not rational.
But otherwise the book faltered. It does not discuss the modern teleological argument, which I think is the most intuitive and accessible argument for the existence of God. It also lacked a discussion about the Problem of Evil and Christian particularism/religious pluralism. And while this is not Craig's fault, but a chapter or two is not enough to gain comfort with the arguments for the reliability of the Gospels or the resurrection of Jesus.
Unfortunately, there is no perfect apologetic. I really like God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist (Point/Counterpoint Series (Oxford, England).) William Lane Craig is a skilled debater who consistently wins debates with atheists. This book is also worth buying simply for Craig's opening statement. It is a brief and accessible introduction to five different arguments for the existence of God. I also like Faith and Reason by Ronald Nash for a great defense of why Christians do not need evidence (hint: you don't need evidence to believe that the world is not the illusion of an evil demon, or that there are other self-conscious minds besides our own). Also consider the New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason Archer. Deals with all the snarky challenges of atheism, such as a biblical defense for an old earth.