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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 3rd Revised edition edition (June 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433501155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433501159
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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Unfortunately this reviewer reveals his presuppositional bias against Christianity early on. However, that's not why I felt the need to comment. Where the review says:
"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,'".
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This is an amazingly well researched book. It can help make you more educated in all areas before you make your decision on the most important question in life. I am on the last chapter but I felt prompted to rate it on its undeniably deserving recognition. Dr. Craig is brilliant and I can guarantee that you will be persuaded in atleast some areas no matter how hard-head you are :)
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I read this book under the recommendation of two noted apologists. This book neither toys around with apologetics nor gives brief, watered-down arguments; rather, it gets to the meat of the subject and goes in depth. This book is well suited for college/graduate apologetics courses and for any Christian who is willing to take a serious, in-depth look at Christian apologetics. The book is academic in nature and not a typical self-help, devotional read... although while reading this book I do feel my relationship with Christ grew out of my deeper understanding of many things.
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.
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Having been introduced to Dr. Craig via the video debate that he did with Frank Zindler in 1993 (I have seen the video a dozen times as I have shown this to numerous apologetics classes), I knew that this was a very skilled scholar of Christian truth and apologetics. "Reasonable Faith did not disappoint. From the issues of the existence of God to the resurrection, Dr. Craig deals with a number of important topics that definitely belong in a book like this. He makes the point for his book in the introduction, "Christianity is being attacked from all sides as irrational or outmoded, and millions of students, our future generation of leaders, have absorbed this viewpoint" (xiii). He is absoultely correct in saying that we need to use our minds to fully know and appreciate the God who has revealed Himself to us through His Word.
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.
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The language was tough for me, but I read the whole book, it was a required read for my apologetics course at LRU.EDU and I would have to say that I got a lot out of, and some of it was tough to get through, but well worth the read, especially when you are learning how to defend the faith. I would suggest that you watch William Lane Craig on Youtube to get a bit of his mannerism, it helped me to finish the book.
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