Renowned scholar William Lane Craig offers a readable, rich training manual for defending the Christian faith.
This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life.
This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip Christians to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. They will discover not just what they believe, but why they believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.
- Foundational Apologetic handbook.
1 Peter 3:15
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect"
Are you well equipped in presenting a defence for your faith in the existence of God and imperative of accepting Jesus? Christians often try to prove the bible is true by using the bible as our only evidence; and in the process use colloquial Christian language. This defence is not only circular but lost on a Post Modern relativistic world who see the Gospel as intolerant, and who don't speak our language.
2 Corinthians 10:4
"We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments."
This book is a foundational exposition of arguments for the rationality of belief in our God and of Jesus as the only way.
Craig weaves a little of his own story into his writings and I enjoyed the realness of a person with a heart after God alongside philosophical, historical and scientific considerations.
While accessible and foundational in many respects there is a philosophical mindset that undergirds the book; as with many apologetic literature, that takes a while to learn.
- Okay, I guess but not what I wanted
I was disappointed. The first three parts are more opinions, books he has read or written and really little "how to defend". Maybe I am just not smart enough but to me this is for college theory types and not the person on the street witnessing opportunities.
- Read Tim Keller instead
This book is definitely the product of a brilliant mind. I was helped by this book, and it sharpened some aspects of the way I articulate my faith. Despite the positives, however, I did find this book to be rather unhelpful in a couple of ways. First of all, Craig comes across as very rationalistic at times, and lacking conversational warmth and tone. This is especially problematic when he discusses the emotional problem of suffering. What he says is mostly helpful, but it comes across as insensitive or aloof to the real depths of human suffering. In one situation he imagines how a little girl slowly drowning to death might eventually lead to the conversion of her family. To any feeling non-Christian this must come across as cold and detached, even cruel. Every Christian must believe in Romans 8:28, but we must be more sensitive in how and when we articulate that truth. Secondly, I found that Craig adopts arguments and an debating style that is more suited to a 20th-century context. The kinds of proofs he offers would be unconvincing to many 21st century college students, and so I would not recommend this as a first book to give to use with young seekers. It seems to be most suited to a strongly rationalistic type of individual. For the rest of us, I would recommend The Reason for God, by Tim Keller. Keller is more familiar with the postmodern context and speaks into it convincingly. He is clearly more familiar with the postmodern context and more winsome in his apologetic approach and tone. Keller also has better theology. Craig is clearly an Arminian and he bases almost his entire justification for evil in the world on this shaky foundation.
Craig's On Guard is not a bad book overall. It has some solid arguments and gives some helpful advice, but overall I would recommend it more for seasoned believers to hone some aspects of their faith, but I would not recommend it's method as a good example to follow in defending one's faith.
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