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Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics Paperback – Jun 9 2008
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"Admissions such as these, where Craig admits that REASON itself is not sufficient to establish the truth of Christian claims, shows the title of the book is a complete misnomer-- Reasonable faith does not rely on mere emotional 'wishing-to-be-true,' nor does it rely on the type of veiled threats embodied in the suggestion that you should accept God because you will be "held accountable" if you dont't. "
completely shows that the reviewer missed Dr. Craig's point in writing the book. The premis of the book is that the Christian faith is not a "blind leap of faith" but a small step of faith in the direction that the evidence all points. Christian faith is reasonable in as much as it doesn't goe against reason. However, you cannot prove Christianity 100% for that would eliminate the need for faith and "without faith it is impossible to please God". In this book Dr Craig show that the Christian faith, though still faith, is faith based on facts and not just "mere emotional 'wishing-to-be-true,'".
Craig explores and explains well the relationship of faith & reason, the existence of God, the absurdity of life without God, miracles, arguments concerning problems of historical knowledge, reliability & historicity of the New Testament scriptures, and the claims & resurrection of Christ. Each chapter gives views contrary to orthodox Christianity and then Craig analyzes each in turn. I especially appreciated his treatment of miracles and the problem of historicity.
At the end of each chapter is a summary and a personal application section. The personal application questions helped me to keep in mind the real reason why I was reading this book. This book could be used in a small group Bible study, but I would not recommend it to those who are not willing to put forth some effort.
The last chapter is brief, but very important. Here Craig reminds us that the best arguments in the world really come second to how we live our lives as Christians and how we interact with the people around us. This, he says, is the "ultimate apologetic."
This is a wonderfully written book.
The first chapter, Faith and Reason, was well done as he took a historical look at how previous believers have wrestled with how much reason is needed to have true faith. (Hence, the title of the book.) Without the Holy Spirit, no one would ever become a Christian, he says, and I fully agree. Good things were written here, and I truly appreciated his assessment section as he put everything together. Another thing I liked about this chapter (and the other chapters as well) is that Dr. Craig wrote a short conclusion that gives an application for the believer. This not only serves as a wonderful summary but is certainly very useful for the lay reader.
After showing the absurdity of the idea that there is no God in chapter 2, Dr. Craig went to one of his specialities in the third chapter regarding the existence of God. This was a long and sometimes too deep chapter that would probably lose many readers.Read more ›
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Very well written and organised. A must have for any thoughtful Christian.Published 9 months ago by Mike
William Lane Craig writes on Christian apologetics at a number of different levels of depth. I would say that this is an excellent second book for someone learning about the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Adam
He is very good and thorough. Things get deep so it isn't for the average person. I would recommend this book.Published on May 17 2014 by Timster
If I were trying to come up with a way to convince intelligent skeptics that Christian Apologists were a shallow, self deluded, completely irrational lot, then I could NOT find a... Read morePublished on July 28 2013 by Shawn Veltman
Very happy with the book. I really find that Craig has a balanced view of the role of apologetics in our lives. At times it can be a little dense for the average reader. Read morePublished on May 5 2011 by D. Kozarichuk
William Lane Craig, my favorite Christian apologist, writes an accessible and powerful book in "Reasonable Faith". Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Kyle Deming
This book is fine as an introduction to classical apologetics. However, after examining all the approaches, I would recommend a variation of Gordon Clark's approach instead, as... Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003
This book is quite good for what it claims to be. It offers good background on apologetics and provides within the book a strong apologetic for Christianity. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Josh Gribble
I cannot think of a better way to get aquainted with Christian apologetics than through this book. One good thing about this book is that it is so packed with information and... Read morePublished on May 31 2003 by UGCC-Member