God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible

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2011 Outreach Magazine Book Award winner!

2010 Christianity Today Book Award winner!

The days have passed when the goodness of God—indeed, the reality of God itself—could reasonably be called a consensus opinion. God's reputation has come under considerable review in recent days, with some going so far as to say that it's not we who've made a mess of things. Instead whatever it is we call God is to blame.

But is such an opinion really a fair assessment? In this magisterial collection, the contemporary complaints against belief in God are addressed with intellectual passion and rigor by some of the most astute theological and philosophical minds of the day:

J. P. MorelandPaul MoserJohn PolkinghorneMichael BeheMichael J. MurrayAlister McGrathPaul CopanJerry WallsCharles TaliaferroScot McKnightGary HabermasMark MittelbergChad MeisterWilliam Lane Craig

Including an interview by Gary Habermas with noted convert to theism Antony Flew, and a direct critical response to Richard Dawkins's God Delusion by Alvin Plantinga, God Is Great, God Is Good offers convincing and compelling reassurance that though the world has changed, God has not.

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Editorial Reviews

The 2010 Christianity Today Book Awards
"Craig and Meister bring together cutting-edge essays that attest powerfully to the massive and growing evidence in favor of theism in general and Christianity in particular. Each essay responds to the charges made by the New Atheists, but this is by no means a polemical book. The writeres set a high bar for reasonable, responsible discourse, and they live up to it."
Craig Hazen
"There is no way, apart from deep and abiding spiritual blindness, that an atheist could read this book and walk away thinking belief in God is nonsensical, irrational, or unscientific."
Glenn B. Siniscalchi
"This book has plenty of food for thought for believing Christians (and unbelievers!) who need a reason to believe in Jesus Christ and the Church."
Lucy Huskinson
"The essays in this book are all clearly argued, and will reassure the already faithful that they are neither daft nor deluded."
Betty Waller
It is reassuring that so gifted a pair of astute minds has taken time to respond to such works as Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchen's God is not Great.
Richard O. Wright
"Craig and Meister have assembled careful, thoughtful, credible, well-communicated views, which can be used to support, expand and individualize curriculum. These essays challenge and argue the New Atheists."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837267
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 265
  • Sales rank: 979,300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Lane Craig (PhD, philosophy, University of Birmingham; ThD, systematic theology, University of Munich) is Research Professor of Philosophy at T albot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Craig has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Modern Theology and Religious Studies. He has written or cowritten more than twenty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology and God, Time and Eternity.

Chad Meister (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith and The Philosophy of Religion Reader..

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: God Is
1 Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God
William Lane Craig
2 The Image of God and the Failure of Scientific Atheism
J. P. Moreland
3 Evidence of a Morally Perfect God
Paul K. MoserPart Two: God Is Great
4 God and Physics
John Polkinghorne
5 God and Evolution
Michael J. Behe
6 Evolutionary Explanations of Religion?
Michael J. MurrayPart Three: God Is Good
7 God, Evil and Morality
Chad Meister
8 Is Religion Evil?
Alister McGrath
9 Are Old Testament Laws Evil?
Paul Copan
10 How Could God Create Hell?
Jerry L. WallsPart Four: Why It Matters
11 Recognizing Divine Revelation
Charles Taliaferro
12 The Messiah You Never Expected
Scot McKnight
13 Tracing Jesus' Resurrection to Its Earliest Eyewitness Accounts
Gary R. Habermas
14 Why Faith in Jesus Matters
Mark Mittelberg
Postscript: My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism
Antony Flew (with Gary Habermas)
Appendix A: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism "Ad Absurdum": Review of
Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion
Alvin Plantinga

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