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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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433521188
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 194,474
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

WILLIAM LANE CRAIG is research professor of
philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.
He is also the founder and head of Reasonable Faith, a web-based
apologetics ministry that provides a variety of supplementary
material in defense of the Christian 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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