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.
- 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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