Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics / Edition 3

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Overview

Perfect as a textbook yet excellent for lay readers, this updated edition builds a positive case for Christianity by applying the latest thought to core theological themes.

J. Gresham Machen once said, "False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel"-which makes apologetics that much more important. Wanting to engage not just academics and pastors but Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and updated key sections in this third edition of his classic text to reflect the latest work in astrophysics, philosophy, probability calculus, the arguments for the existence of God, and Reformed epistemology.

His approach-that of positive apologetics-gives careful attention to crucial questions and concerns, including: the relationship of faith and reason, the existence of God, the problems of historical knowledge and miracles, the personal claims of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He shows that there is good reason to think Christianity is true. As Craig says, "If you have a sound and persuasive case for Christianity, you don't have to become an expert in comparative religions and Christian cults. A positive justification of the Christian faith automatically overwhelms all competing world views lacking an equally strong case."

An excellent choice for a rational and systematic defense of the Christian faith. Written by one of the top Christian theologians in an easier-to-read style, this expanded edition discusses the relationship between faith and reason, covering important core beliefs. This resource includes a new chapter on the validity of New Testament documents.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"It is hard to overstate the impact that William Lane Craig has had for the cause of Christ. He is simply the finest Christian apologist of the last half century and his academic work justifies ranking him among the top 1 percent of practicing philosophers in the Western world. Besides that, he is a winsome ambassador for Christ, an exceptional debater, and a man with the heart of an evangelist. I know him well and can say that he lives a life of integrity and lives out what he believes. I do not know of a single thinker who has done more to raise the bar of Christian scholarship in our generation than Craig. He is one of a kind and I thank God for his life and work."
J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University; author, The Soul: How We Know It’s Real and Why It Matters

"In admirably clear prose, Professor Craig presents important philosophical and historical issues relevant to Christian beliefs. With extraordinary erudition, he sketches the arguments of major thinkers of both past centuries and recent times, and he presents his own reasons for concluding that traditional Christian doctrines about God and Jesus are credible. His replies to those skeptical of the existence of God, of historical knowledge, of the occurrence of miracles, and in particular of the resurrection of Jesus, take debates over those difficult topics an important stage further. Here is an admirable defense of basic Christian faith."
C. Behan McCullagh, Philosophy Program, La Trobe University

"Although my philosophical predilections often differ from Dr. Craig's (as they do from those of everyone else I know), I have found that he is very knowledgeable about science and current cosmological ideas. He provides interesting insights into their implications for our shared Christian beliefs."
Don Nelson Page, Professor of Physics, University of Alberta

"Bill Craig is one of my personal heroes! He is among today's finest defenders of Christianity. He offers a powerful mix of authentic faith, intellectual firepower, debating skill, and the gentleness and respect that the Bible requires."
Lee Strobel, Author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

"Especially regarding his breadth of scholarship, no contemporary Christian apologist surpasses Bill Craig. Some of Bill's wide range of interests are evident in this third edition of Reasonable Faith. To be introduced to crucial topics such as God's existence, creation, Scripture, and the historicity of Jesus, including his deity and resurrection, all under one cover, is an enormous treat. Not a single student of apologetics should miss this volume by a major scholar. Crossway Books deserves much credit for continuing its strong tradition of Christian textbooks."
Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor and Chair, Philosophy Dept, Liberty University and Theological Seminary

"As a former student and now collaborator with him in writing and in ministry, I am one of the numerous beneficiaries indebted to William Craig and his stellar work in the philosophy of religion and Christian apologetics. He has been a model, a mentor, and an inspiration through his scholarship and his commitment to God's kingdom. His newly-updated Reasonable Faith continues to be the gold standard for apologetics texts: vital historical discussion of issues and arguments; rigorous reasoning and state-of-the art scholarship; and highly relevant, personal application-all permeated with an evident passion for the cause of Christ."
Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University; author, Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion

"William Lane Craig is both an absolutely topnotch, world-class scholar and a man with a warm heart for apologetics and evangelism. This astute book combines both passions. It gives rigorous and well-documented arguments which are aimed at producing a rational faith that can be commended and defended before the watching and waiting world. Bravo (for the third time)!"
Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Apologetics and Ethics Master's Degree, Denver Seminary; author, Christian Apologetics

"William Lane Craig is not only a world-class philosopher-widely recognized as such in the philosophical community-but he has been a leading defender of the Christian faith for over a quarter of a century. Reasonable Faith includes, in concise and accessible form, some of the best of the best of his thinking on vital areas of apologetics. Powerful, persuasive, and relevant, Craig demonstrates that central Christian beliefs, such as the existence of a personal, intelligent, and exceedingly powerful God, miracles, and Jesus' Messianic claims and resurrection, are reasonable to believe and based on solid evidence. You won't find a better book in support of the Christian faith."
Chad V. Meister, Director of Philosophy, Bethel College; Author of Building Belief

"For years I've recommended Reasonable Faith to my students as the best single-volume apologetic. And now it is even better! Craig's analysis of the latest scientific arguments and his response to the New Atheists makes it a must-have for those interested in thoroughly defending the cause of Christ."
Clay Jones, Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics, Christian Apologetics Program, Biola University

"William Lane Craig is arguably one of the finest Christian philosophers of our time. His knowledge and skill have placed him on platforms on every continent, engaging the most notable skeptics in dialogue and debate. Reasonable Faith will provide only increased opportunity and impact as he makes his mark on our time with a timeless message."
Ravi Zacharias, Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Jesus Among Other Gods

"The third edition of William Lane Craig's Reasonable Faith is simply a masterpiece. It combines clarity and applicability without sacrificing depth. Each chapter has three major parts. First, the topic is introduced with an extensive discussion of the historical development of the arguments and objections to the arguments. Second, Bill leads the reader into the depths of the most contemporary discussion. He treats the leading versions of the arguments for Christianity as well as the best of the objections. He has taken great care to achieve a thoroughness that is rarely found in apologetics texts. Third, he explains, through many personal examples, how the arguments in the chapter can be appropriated in personal evangelism. Combining these three elements is enough to make this text unique. The depth and quality with which each step is accomplished makes it indispensible."
Gregory E. Ganssle, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Yale University, Rivendell Institute

"Craig's work is philosophically and theologically first rate, though accessible to the educated layman. All Christians-Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox-can gain so much from reading and mastering Craig's 3rd edition of Reasonable Faith."
Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433501159
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 118,618
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England; DTheol, University of Munich, Germany) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He is also the founder of Reasonable Faith (www.reasonablefaith.org), a web-based apologetics ministry that provides a variety of supplementary material to Reasonable Faith.

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Table of Contents


Table of Figures     9
Preface to the Third Edition     11
Introduction     15
De Fide
How Do I Know Christianity Is True?     29
De Homine
The Absurdity of Life without God     65
De Deo
The Existence of God (1)     93
The Existence of God (2)     157
De Creatione
The Problem of Historical Knowledge     207
The Problem of Miracles     247
De Christo
The Self-Understanding of Jesus     287
The Resurrection of Jesus     333
Conclusion: The Ultimate Apologetic     405
Index     408
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Good Book!

    This is probably the best book on apologetics that I have ever read! Craig is the embodiment of modern scholarship. Reasonable Faith is a must for anyone looking for a good, solid representation of the Christian world view. The book will challenge the beginner as well as the veteran and I highly recommend it for anyone seeking a solid book on the subject.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    Awesome Read!!

    I am 92.6 percent of the way through the book. It, so far is awesome. It takes quite assiduous concentration to fully understand the concepts. Be ready to be challenged. He is definitely erudite.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Amazing book, great sequel to "On Guard" expect that i

    Amazing book, great sequel to "On Guard" expect that it is more narrow in scope however requires more mind power to process. There were certain things I have struggled with that I have always thought about that he eloquently lays out and analyzes in ways that I never though especially in the De Fide and De Creatione section just as his analysis of Christian particularism in "On Guard." Overall the book is full of information and takes a while for it to fully sink in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    OK Our personal experience shapes how we view the external worl

    OK

    Our personal experience shapes how we view the external world, so how can you say someone is wrong because they don't feel the way you about life? While Craig's book purports to be a logical defense of faith, I found it incredibly preachy. I was particularly offended by his judgment that life is absurd without God, while sure I may find it relatively meaningless, it's far too subjective. This sort of aggressive language hinders his message, in my opinion, which is often very grounded in scientific understanding and academic understanding of the Bible. In my path to find reason for God, I have found better arguments by Wolterstorff in Reason within the Bounds of Religion (PBK) and in Eleonore Stump's collection of essays in Reasoned Faith.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Highly Recommended.

    This is an excellently written book. It's refreshing to read this type of book, which is more intellectual and scholarly than say a book by pop feel-good wishy-washy one-book-a-month author Max Lucado, who easily insults my intelligence. Get this book, and then actually learn something!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    do not waist your time

    The arguments advanced in this book have been refuted so many times by so many thinkers, that it is incomprehensible that anyone would still use them.

    Simply do a google search of "refuting william lane craig", you will then see how weak his arguments are. You will also save some money.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2014

    Deeper Understanding

    I have been a Christian most of my life with questions of the "proof" of my beliefs beyond just the feel good presence of faith. This book has challenged my theology, given me a basis for being able to stand completely firm in my beliefs by providing foundational truths, and proof to the fact that my God exists and provides a pathway to heaven!
    Thank you William Lane Craig! for giving me the answers to the questions I have been longing for!

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