On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision

On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision

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by William Lane Craig
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1434764885

ISBN-13: 9781434764881

Pub. Date: 03/01/2010

Publisher: Cook, David C


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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9781434764881
Publisher:
Cook, David C
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Edition description:
New
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
112,942
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Lee Strobel 9

1 What Is Apologetics? 13

2 What Difference Does It Make If God Exists? 29

3 Why Does Anything at All Exist? 53

Personal Interlude: A Philosopher's Journey of Faith, Part One 67

4 Why Did the Universe Begin? 73

5 Why Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life? 105

6 Can We Be Good without God? 127

7 What about Suffering? 147

Personal Interlude: A Philosopher's Journey of Faith, Part Two 177

8 Who Was Jesus? 183

9 Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? 219

10 Is Jesus the Only Way to God? 265

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On Guard 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
I always look for opportunities to defend my faith in God and to fulfill the mandate "to preach the Gospel to unbelievers". This book by Dr. William L. Craig has given me some awesome arguments to do so at opportune times. I truly enjoyed how the author debunks any false myths that evolutionists have created over so many decades. The author with his logic and his deep understanding of philosophical arguments makes any evolution argument look totally ridiculous. There is one very powerful statement in "On Guard" that the author borrowed from the movie "The Sound of Music" where Julie Andrews sings the song "Nothing comes from Nothing". This brings home the whole theme of the arguments for a Creator. I agree with some other reviews that this book reads more like a textbook than an entertaining read. However, if you are sitting on the fence on the creation versus evolution debate, this book will make you fall off on the right side. This book challenges the reader to open their mind to many philosophical teachings, and it will strengthen the faith of believers as they see the logic and the truth of God. It is definitely a book worthy of reading, digesting, and sharing with others. This book will become a permanent resource manual in our personal library, and I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to defend their faith with reason and precision.
JoshuaSonOfNun More than 1 year ago
A must for any Christian and very accessible for anyone to begin reading before moving on to more advanced books such as "Reasonable Faith" by William Lane Craig or "The Resurrection of Jesus" 'A New historiographical Approach" by Michael Licona. I though the chapter on Christian Particularism concerning those who are unevangelized was very well written and thoughtful.
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JanMHC More than 1 year ago
While Dr. Craig has good points, he makes the mistake of applying philosophy to a scientific question (evolution), and therefore adds to the unnecessary tension between science and faith. (People on the "otehr side" also make this mistake in reverse, saying that science refutes the existence of God.) Science is studying what we Christians believe to be God's creation. That science overwhelming points to the amazing process of evolution. Many authors have written about how this understanding does not conflict with biblical faith in the Creator God. One such resource is "In the Beginning We Misunderstood". Another is "Coming to Peace with Science." I highly recommend further reading!
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Semiomniscience More than 1 year ago
Craig has provided an accesible work to his more advanced apologetic volume 'Reasonable Faith' 3rd ed. This is still not a beginners level work but much easier to digest in ten chapters covering arguments for God's existence (contingency, cosmological, moral, and design). He also addresses the problem of evil, the foremost argument against God's existence. He wraps up the defense of Christianity with topics on the primacy of the New Testament as the source for the life of Jesus, the divinity of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection. He concludes on the topic of 'Is Jesus the only way to God?' An excellent resource for both believer's who want to know the evidence supporting Christianty and skeptic's who need to consider a substantial defense of Christianity. The best place to start.
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rmattos More than 1 year ago
Being an electronic engineer I have to say that Dr. Craig in this book uses a complete blowing minded logic and reasoning. Holding also a bachelor degree in Theology, I have to add that I am not ashamed to confess that I learned a lot with this book on how to defend my faith with property and confidence. For all those who profess being a Christian, this is a must have book, by far the best on Christian apologetics that I read. His language is simple, direct and the sequence of topics is very well organized, following precisely the logic and reasoning that you find in all his words. In ten Chapters he covers the following topics: What is apologetics?; What difference does it make if God exists?; Why does anything at all exists?; Why did the universe begin?; Why is the universe fine-tuned for life?; Can we be good without God?; What about suffering?; Who was Jesus?; Did Jesus rise from the dead? Is Jesus the only way to God? This book was written by Dr. William Lane Craig and was published by David C. Cook in March 2010. It is definitely an amazing book and I am very happy that B&B Media Group was kind enough to send me a copy for review.
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Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
We talk about what the Bible teaches (Christian doctrine) and about how to defend it (Christian apologetics). Sometimes people who aren't in our class don't understand what we do. One fine Southern lady, upon hearing that I teach Christian apologetics, remarked indignantly, "I'll never apologize for my faith!" Apologetics Means a Defense The reason for her misunderstanding is obvious: "Apologetics" sound like "apologize". But apologetics is not the art of telling somebody you're sorry that you're a Christian! Rather apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a defense, as in a court of law. Christian apologetics involves making a case for the truth of the Christian faith. The Bible actually commands us to have such a case ready to give to any unbeliever who wants to know why we believe what we do. Just as the contestants in a fencing match have learned both to parry each attack as well as to go on the offensive themselves, so we must always be "on guard." This book is amazing for me and what it did for finding out ways on how to defend my faith with gentleness and respect. It helped me to answer the following questions: 1. Do you worry that someone will ask you a question about your faith that you can't answer? 2. Have you tried to learn how to defend your faith but gotten lost in confusing language and theology? 3. Do you struggle with times of spiritual doubt yourself? I received a complimentary copy of this book, On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig, to review for B & B Media Group and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for ways to learn about defending their faith. You can learn more about this book and where to purchase it by clicking on the links below. On Guard by William Lane Craig David C Cook/March 1, 2010/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6488-1/288 pages/softcover/$16.99 www.davidccook.com - www.wiliamlanecraig.com http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=106508&source=search