Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

A Reasonable Faith

A Book by William Lane Craig

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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.

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An Amazon Review

By JC Maxwell on July 19, 2012

Format: Paperback
William Lane Craig is great debater and philosopher and this book shows you why. I have watched most of Craig’s debates so a lot of the arguments he presented where familiar to me but this book went into greater depths of the arguments he presents in his debates.

Craig will overwhelm you with the vast amount of knowledge his has in multiple subject areas science, history, philosophy, and theology. I really tried to think of any weaknesses this book has and I really can’t think of any mainly because Craig backs everything up with at least 30-40 references and sources in each chapter (and not just the Bible for you atheists circular argument type complainers, although he has that in there as well; real scholars!).

His chapters on the Existence of God are the best in my opinion as he lays out the Kalam Cosmological Argument and the evidence for the beginning of the universe, let me sum it up for those non-physicists…Big Bangs have Bangers! Anyway all the chapters are good I also really enjoyed the chapter “How do I know Christianity is true” Plantinga’s “properly basic/warranted belief” argument makes alot of sense to me anyways. Obviously as Craig points out the Holy Spirit is the “Ultimate Reason” we know Christianity to be true.

Craig I just have to say cuts through any atheists arguments, he just piles up the fallacies/inconsistencies inherent in them. After reading this book I did realize however non-believers, of which I was a huge one for a long time, just look for any argument or way to avoid God in our lives even though He is the source of Life.

I can say the Christian life is the most Reasonable Way of Life, I know it is difficult at times and most of the World looks at you as some kind of unreasonable crazy person but I am like Paul where he says in

Philippians 3:10-14
10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

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