Renowned scholar William Lane Craig offers a listenable, rich training manual for defending the Christian faith.
This concise guide is filled with 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.
William Lane Craig
Audible Audio Edition
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I read this book about 2 weeks ago, and it is nothing short of what I expected: that is, a book that would practically yet powerfully make arguments for the existence of God and - more importantly - gateway into the person of Jesus Christ. Theism is the richest worldview not because it adds the greatest quantity of explanations (indeed, gods like Zeus or Thor or Allah fail to add any explanation) - but because it offers one explanation: the person of Jesus Christ; by Him, the personable attachment of theism is enabled.
This book therefore brings us first into the logical possibility of theism by grounding arguments, simply put, in God. The reader will essentially learn why the theistic worldview is most coherent in general. Afterwards, the final chapters will speak on the person of Jesus Christ to make a "fully" coherent view. Without a personal deity, theism simply becomes empty, like a well that cannot supply water: Deism.
On Guard does two things very well: (1) Prepare Christians with mature, well-developed arguments that properly defend the existence of God (2) Educate Christians who have never seriously thought about some of the peripheral philosophical and existential questions surrounding their faith.
In the end, On Guard succeeds in making you feel confident about your beliefs and thus eager to engage others. As Craig excels in explaining, Christianity is not based on “blind faith” but makes perfect rational and logical sense in the world in which we all live.
The book is roughly divided into three parts: the first two sections tend to work outside of the Bible and detail arguments for the existence of God from the stance of reason and philosophy. Here, Craig searches for answers to existential questions (e.g. Why does anything exist? Why did the universe begin? What about suffering?). These questions weigh evidence and tend to rely on science and logic alone. The...
As far as I can tell, Craig gives an even handed evaluation for many historical and philosophical questions related to god in general and the Judeo-Christian God in particular. All the issues seem to be dealt with "reason and precision", with opposing views presented. At the end of each chapter there is a summary and a map of the different points and counter-points. Never the less, the book doesn't have an arrogant feel, as Craig presents the opposing views in "as far as I can tell"-way. This is shown in phrases such as "current research", "modern scholarship" and "I have never heard", leaving a possibility that there might be something missing or in the future some new idea might come up. Even so we should make our decisions based on the best current knowledge and not in some unknown future argument, and that makes Craigs arguments very compelling. Almost all issues could be dealt with more deeply, but as Craig himself notes a couple of times,...
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