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Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

by William Lane Craig

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Very good book on Apologetics. You get both sides of the issue since it is laid out in a debate format. Although it wasn't a light read I never felt it was over my head. Some great basic concepts on the existence of God. ( )
  Elizabeth-Bevins | Jun 6, 2013 |
Twenty years from now, we will, in many ways, live in a completely different world. The revolution in thought before us is likely to be different from any of the previous revolutions in thought, and yet similar in that these paradigm shifts are always the old painted with new colors. As a painter might find a new particular shade of red that’s different than any he’s used before, and yet the base colors have always been the same, so worldviews shift from time to time to what might appear to be something radical and new, but in reality is just a different shade of what has gone before. In these times, when change can be felt in the wind, books that look back at the history of a particular idea (or set of ideas) are particularly invaluable.

William Lane Craig, in Reasonable Faith, provides just such a look back through the ideas surrounding Christian apologetics as they have been expressed and used throughout the history of the Church.

This book is divided into eight chapters, each one covering a specific topic. Readers will find the same general layout within each chapter: a section discussing the historical background of the idea being considered, an assessment of the thinking covered, and finally an application section that helps connect this overview of the apologetic area to discussions around the truthfulness of the Christian faith today. Each chapter also includes several sections considering the views of specific Christian apologists which help to develop a broad view of the problem and possible solutions.

In How do I know Christianity is True, Craig discusses the various views on apologetics proper throughout Church history. Here he covers the role of reason, faith, and the Holy Spirit in the believer’s assurance of the truth of Christianity and in interaction with those who are sincerely interested in knowing the truth of Christianity’s claims. The application argues for a balanced approach, with the witness of the Holy Spirit being primary, but secondary roles being played by reason.

The second chapter turns the tables on the unbeliever, showing the absurdity of life without the concept of God. This is an excellent chapter that can pave the way for meaningful conversations with almost any atheist, no matter how hard baked in their belief system. The third chapter, The Existence of God, outlines and explains each of the various proofs for the existence of God used by the Church (and some Islamic thinkers –and interesting addition).

Next the author deals with miracles, relying heavily on Hume, Spinoza, and Lewis to provide a solid foundation on which to build a solid acceptance of God’s interaction with men in history through these events. Chapter five deals with the reliability of historical knowledge, mostly as a prelude to chapter six, which considers the reliability of the writings of the Apostles. The idea that we should consider the source and reliability of our historical knowledge, rather than just our philosophical or scientific knowledge, is fairly unique among texts on apologetics, so this section is invaluable.

Craig discusses the Self Understanding of Jesus in chapter 7, another important area that’s not often discussed in the apologetic fold. This is a vitally important area, countering the “historical Jesus movement,” directly. Finally, the author discusses the evidences for the resurrection of Christ, an area Paul considered the heart of Christian belief.

This is a fantastic book, a must read even if you don’t agree with the assessment of the author in each area. The historical overview of each area is, itself, worth the price of the book. Well worth reading for Christians of all stripes. ( )
  RussWhite | Jan 17, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0891077642, Paperback)

"Evangelicals have been living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence. The average Christian does not realize that there is an intellectual war going on in the universities and in the professional journals and scholarly societies. Christianity is being attacked from all sides as irrational or outmoded, and millions of students, our future generation of leaders have absorbed this viewpoint. This is a war which we cannot afford to lose....

"In addition to serving, like the rest of theology in general, as an expression of our loving God with all our minds, apologetics specifically serves to show to unbelievers the truth of the Christian faith, to confirm that faith to believers, and to reveal and explore the connections between Christian doctrine and other truths.... Apologetics... is a theoretical discipline that tries to answer the question, What rational defense can be given for the Christian faith?"

This book by respected philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig has been thoroughly revised and updated to equip believers in the successful proclamation of biblical truth claims. The author gives careful attention to crucial questions and concerns, including: How Do I Know Christianity Is True?, The Absurdity of Life Without God, The Existence of God, The Problem of Miracles, and The Resurrection of Jesus.

An invaluable scholarly resource for all committed defenders of the Christian faith.

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