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Reasonable Faith

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"Evangelicals have been living on the periphery of responsible intellectual existence. The average Christian does not realize that there is an intellectual war going on in the universities and in the professional journals and scholarly societies. Christianity is being attacked from all sides as irrational or outmoded, and millions of students, our future generation of lead ...more
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Published October 7th 1994 by Crossway Books (first published 1984)
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Winston
May 22, 2013 Winston rated it did not like it

Craig's own quotes demonstrate his dearth of reason. He has claimed, repeatedly, that the internal witness of the holy spirit is enough to quench any evidence that opposes his religious views. How is that reasonable in the slightest?! If that wasn't enough, he insults all non-Christians by accusing them of loving darkness rather than light. And all this IN THE INTRODUCTION!

According to Craig, nothing has any meaning unless it lasts forever. Besides being patently condescending and just plain wro
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Sean
Apr 21, 2011 Sean rated it it was amazing
Considering how many books the 'New Atheists' sell, I think it's an absolute crime how few Christians even know about this guy, let alone his work

My first experience with the author's work was watching a youtube video of his debate with Frank Zindler on 'Does God Exist?' After hearing WLC's opening speech in the debate where he laid out his five main arguments for the existence of God (all covered in this book), my jaw actually dropped. His case sounded too solid, too full-proof to be valid. I w
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Joel
Mar 21, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it

It is easy to see why William Lane Craig is heralded as one of the major champions of current apologetics. His handling of the apologetic process is not unique in any way but it is entirely direct. It is a sad fact that most apologists (both current and past) have problems with keeping their focus on the issue at hand. It is important to focus on a step-by-step procedure to take the reader from square one towards the truth of the gospel. While a lot of apologists tend to only present and dispute
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Justin
Jun 21, 2009 Justin rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of a book study amongst friends at my university. As a student of philosophy and apologetics I was not disappointed. This book was everything I thought it would be and more.

In its third edition, this is without a doubt the best popular level survey of natural theology out there. As an undergraduate philosophy student, I've read many scholarly articles on natural theology. And trust me, they can get very very technical at times. Often I'll just have to put the paper down
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Aarron Dixon
Oct 30, 2013 Aarron Dixon rated it did not like it
While it purports to be a logical defense of faith, it amounts to well presented logical fallacies piled one on top of another. It preaches to the choir, only people already holding his point of view being affirmed by it, others confused by it, skeptics and rational thinkers being insulted by it.

If this is the best Christian apologetics has to offer, it's in quite a sad state.
Luke Brown
Nov 01, 2012 Luke Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fine book, but very detailed. He tirelessly goes through arguments against Christianity and proves that they don’t stand up. He uses physics and logic and mathematics and physiology and many other areas to prove the reality of Christianity. Very detailed and at times, especially when sub points to arguments, I was somewhat lost. He points out how absolutely absurd it would be to have the world created out of nothing, and for somehow life to come out of nothing. And he lays out the argumen ...more
Alan
Aug 04, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing
This is likely going to be one of the most in-depth apologetics books you'll ever read. I wouldn't recommend this book to a lay-person who is beginning their quest at becoming a better Christian apologist. If you're a beginner, you may become frustrated because of the "information overload" that this book will undoubtedly bring to the table. While the information is excellent, there are many technical qualities about it that require patience. It is best to take this book slow and fully absorb th ...more
Christopher
I've been listening to Dr. Craig's podcasts for a couple of weeks now and I've found his answers to (most) questions of faith and Christianity to be solid. So, when my Bible study group decided to do a short introductory course on apologetics, I decided to delve into the topic a little deeper and found this book. I'm glad I did because this has been one of the most fascinating books I have read in a long time. Dr. Craig build his case for traditional Christian theology slowly, but surely as he s ...more
Ryan
Sep 12, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people wondering if Christianity makes sense
An excellent defense of basic Christian doctrine. The book was written for survey courses in Apologetics at Christian seminaries and has just been released in its third edition. It introduces you to the current "state of the argument" in each subject it covers, but also walks you through the evolution of the debate and the traditional players. The chapters progress from "How do I know Christianity is True?" to the absurdity of life without God, the existence of God, the problems of historical kn ...more
Bob
Sep 16, 2013 Bob rated it it was amazing
Reasonable Faith is essential reading for most every Christian and is excellent for the honest agnostic. Christians are often accused of being intellectually shallow & totally dependent on blind faith. However, in this book, William Lane Craig presents a very convincing philosophical & rational offensive apologetic for the existence of God & the truth of Christianity. Reasonable Faith is deep & technical but is still very readable & the information attainable for the average ...more
Heather Tomlinson
This is an in-depth investigation into five rational arguments in favour of the existence of God: the cosmological, teleological, moral, ontological and the evidence for the resurrection.
Craig really does go into the fine detail for some of these. It satisfies the scientist in me to read this, but it might be a bit much for some! If you don't have higher education in science or philosophy you might struggle, but it's well worth persevering. If you're familiar with his debating style you'll recog
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Tim
May 17, 2010 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can only afford one apologetics book get this one. Craig is a brilliant man and has a great passion for the Lord. This is not an academic text but is a bit advanced for those that have never read apologetics or philosophy. All the major arguments are presented briefly but fully. Highly recommended! ps - his free podcasts are wonderful as well.
Brian
May 11, 2015 Brian rated it it was amazing
The best contemporary classical/historical-approach apologetics work I've read to date. Craig is a top-notch philosopher and I like his concise and coherent style. I've read the second ed. twice and the third ed. once (the third edition is quite a bit better)
Robert Jacoby
Dec 28, 2015 Robert Jacoby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a textbook treatment on the subject of Christian apologetics. Seriously. It is used as a textbook on the subject. And it shows. Dr. Craig notes in his introduction that this has become his signature book, so that's another reason to pick this up if you're looking for a touchstone or standard in the field.

Dr. Craig approaches his subject with an extraordinarily far-ranging and far-reaching grasp of his materials. These are primarily Christian apologetics, theology, and philosophy, of
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Doutor Branco
Feb 18, 2014 Doutor Branco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In this book William Lane Craig approaches 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 are 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 ...more
Doutor Branco
Feb 18, 2014 Doutor Branco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2013
In this book William Lane Craig approaches 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 are 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 ...more
Jeremy
Jun 09, 2013 Jeremy rated it really liked it
There is nothing unreasonable about faith.

So says William Lane Craig in his seminal book "Reasonable Faith," which at 352 pages doesn’t slow down in its exegesis of some of the most difficult problems in theoretical physics and the philosophy of religion.

Not that there isn't the usual black-and-white dogmatism here. But Craig isn't a laymen or a lazy or dishonest scholar building up straw men.

He delves full-bore into modern theoretical physics and cosmology, grapples with tough philosophical ob
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Andrew
Jun 18, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed reading this book. Craig makes a solid case for the existence of the Christian God. Craig seems to be very knowledgeable about all the topics he discusses. I found this book to be intellectually satisfying. That said, it is not necessarily easy reading.

Apologetics remains an important study for our day. Craig acknowledges that many people do not need apologetic arguments to come to Christ. However, it is important to answer questions when they come up. Craig believes that the wi
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Rachael
Feb 28, 2012 Rachael rated it liked it
This is an overview of multiple arguments, for God's existence, for possibility of miracles, to the historicity of Jesus' resurrection. Craig covers all the basic territory here, the major arguments for God's existence and a sophisticated, updated version of 'lord, lunatic, or liar' sort of argument for Jesus' special status and resurrection. The reason I read this book is not because I expected to be convinced by his analysis, but out of curiosity to understand the sort of reasoning and thinkin ...more
John
Dec 07, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is split into four sections. The first addresses the question of whether there is evidence for the existence of God. This section was very well researched, which was good and bad. It was interesting to hear about some of the ways that physics has tried to get around the idea of a beginning or uncaused cause. But,..., it got pretty dense in places and I have to admit I stalled out on this book for several months after this section. I hope Mr. Craig will forgive me, but my conclusion aft ...more
Greg Mathis
Apr 24, 2016 Greg Mathis rated it it was amazing
Reasonable Faith represents a gold mine of apologetic scholarship. The unassuming reader may be surprised at Craig's bold treatment of and dexterity concerning issues of quantum theory and the hard sciences in general. Provided one can apprehend these concepts - or suffer through the extensive treatment - one will inevitably agree that the Christian worldview has much to offer the contemporary round table of cosmology and origins.
Daniel
Jan 24, 2009 Daniel is currently reading it
I am currently reading the most recent edition of this book (3rd edition) and it is great. It can be quite technical in places so careful reading is necessary. Dr. Craig outlines his arguments for Christianity and presents sound reasoning in defending them. This book can be read by the lay person but I must mention again that careful reading is necessary. However, if you have already seen some of Dr. Craig's debates and speeches then this book should not be too hard to follow.
Barnaby
Jun 18, 2013 Barnaby rated it really liked it
An important book to understand the how reason is used to defend the Bible as true. Of course the Holy Spirit first works in the heart and is the one that draws men. The Bible can defended as a historical text and Jesus can be understood as not as a teacher or a good man, but the Son of God who historically died and rose again. If you want to learn more read the book. And if want to know Jesus read the Bible. Romans and John are a good place to start.
Brock Pattison
Sep 27, 2011 Brock Pattison rated it really liked it
This book kicked my butt. It is a complicated read, but I was still able to pick up some great nuggets. I recommend to anyone wanting to be challenged by Christian apologetics. Just be warned that most of this stuff is way over the typical layman's head...
Jake
Bill Craig is widely regarded as the most competent defender of Christianity today, and for good reason. Here he presents an extremely comprehensive and well-written defense of the Christian faith.

I found Craig’s defense of the Kalam cosmological argument and his historical arguments for the resurrection of Jesus to be the strongest of the slew of arguments he puts forth; not strong enough to convince me of the truth of Christianity, but strong enough to force me to consider his arguments with m
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Pastor Matt
Apr 12, 2013 Pastor Matt rated it it was amazing
Third time through...better every time.
Lydia
May 18, 2015 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is pretty much an apologetics encyclopedia, covering a lot of issues that are brought up in apologetics and the usual discussions around them. Topics include: How Do I Know Christianity is True?, The Absurdity of Life Without God, The Existence of God, The Problem of Historical Knowledge, The Problem of Miracles, The Self Understanding of Jesus and The Resurrection of Jesus (and those are just the chapter titles!)

Content wise these chapters cover a wide variety of subjects from The Ka

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Austin
Coming into the reading of Reasonable Faith, I held an esteemed view of the author, Dr. Craig, for being such of popular apologist among my peers. It is because of this social consensus that I took upon myself the unjustified presumption that this book would be an exciting, insightful and engaging read. Initially I was tantalized with Craig's exposition on the necessity of the resurgence apologetics in our evolving cultures secular nature. However, I began noticing patterns of discrepancies appe ...more
Brent McCulley
Jan 04, 2014 Brent McCulley rated it really liked it
William Lane Craig, one of the most prominent Christian apologists currently, has certainly written a distinguishable and accessible handbook, for the Christian seeking to defend his faith, in "Reasonable Faith."

His arguments are persuasive and thoroughly researched, as he spent years in Germany studying the historical resurrection of Jesus for his doctor of theology degree. The book covers arguments for God's existence, with a nice short survey of philosophers throughout history, with examples
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Chris Armer
Craig was very strong in his presentation of the cosmological argument. However, he was extremely weak in arguing for why this God would perform miracles. To support the idea of miracles, he primarily quotes 18th century authors who argued from presuppositions. There were also a few cases where Craig chose to reject classical theism that is still primarily taught today in favor of a philosophical argument that would better answer an objection.
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William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have two grown children.

At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evange
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“‎"If there is no God, then man and the universe are doomed. Like prisoners condemned to death, we await our unavoidable execution. There is no God, and there is no immortality. And what is the consequence of this? It means that life itself is absurd. It means that the life we have is without ultimate significance, value, or purpose.” 68 likes
“Certainty is an unrealistic and unattainable ideal.

We need to have pastors who are schooled in apologetics and engaged intellectually with our culture so as to shepherd their flock amidst the wolves.

People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith. They know little of the riches of deep understanding of Christian truth, of the confidence inspired by the discovery that one’s faith is logical and fits the facts of experience, and of the stability brought to one’s life by the conviction that one’s faith is objectively true.

God could not possibly have intended that reason should be the faculty to lead us to faith, for faith cannot hang indefinitely in suspense while reason cautiously weighs and reweighs arguments. The Scriptures teach, on the contrary, that the way to God is by means of the heart, not by means of the intellect.

When a person refuses to come to Christ, it is never just because of lack of evidence or because of intellectual difficulties: at root, he refuses to come because he willingly ignores and rejects the drawing of God’s Spirit on his heart. unbelief is at root a spiritual, not an intellectual, problem. Sometimes an unbeliever will throw up an intellectual smoke screen so that he can avoid personal, existential involvement with the gospel. In such a case, further argumentation may be futile and counterproductive, and we need to be sensitive to moments when apologetics is and is not appropriate.

A person who knows that Christianity is true on the basis of the witness of the Spirit may also have a sound apologetic which reinforces or confirms for him the Spirit’s witness, but it does not serve as the basis of his belief.

As long as reason is a minister of the Christian faith, Christians should employ it.

It should not surprise us if most people find our apologetic unconvincing. But that does not mean that our apologetic is ineffective; it may only mean that many people are closed-minded.

Without a divine lawgiver, there can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments. This means that it is impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can one praise brotherhood, equality, and love as good. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist—there is only the bare valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say that you are right and I am wrong.

No atheist or agnostic really lives consistently with his worldview. In some way he affirms meaning, value, or purpose without an adequate basis. It is our job to discover those areas and lovingly show him where those beliefs are groundless.

We are witnesses to a mighty struggle for the mind and soul of America in our day, and Christians cannot be indifferent to it.

If moral values are gradually discovered, not invented, then our gradual and fallible apprehension of the moral realm no more undermines the objective reality of that realm than our gradual, fallible apprehension of the physical world undermines the objectivity of that realm.

God has given evidence sufficiently clear for those with an open heart, but sufficiently vague so as not to compel those whose hearts are closed.

Because of the need for instruction and personal devotion, these writings must have been copied many times, which increases the chances of preserving the original text. In fact, no other ancient work is available in so many copies and languages, and yet all these various versions agree in content. The text has also remained unmarred by heretical additions. The abundance of manuscripts over a wide geographical distribution demonstrates that the text has been transmitted with only trifling discrepancies.”
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