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Contending with Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors

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Contending with Christianity’s Critics is book two in a series on modern Christian apologetics that began with the popular Passionate Conviction . This second installment, featuring writings from eighteen respected apologists such as Gary Habermas and Ben Witherington, addresses challenges from noted New Atheists like Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and other ...more
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Published August 1st 2009 by B Academic
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Formatting Problem

I first bought the Kindle version of this book some time ago and recently received an updated version. Updated version contains 12 blank 'pages' between Table of Contents and Title plate before Preface. I don't believe these multiple blank 'pages' serve any useful purpose. If they don't, shouldn't they be deleted? To be clear, this is a criticism of the book's formatting only and not of its content.
Good book offering concise answers to an array of today's more popular-level challenges to Christianity brought out by New Atheists, Bart Ehrman, Internet Atheists, da Vinci Code/Jesus Seminar stuff, etc. All of the chapters are short, and that might matter more in other venues, but the critics this book interacts with are not known for the sophistication and erudition of their challenges to Christianity. The kind of criticisms the book addresses are those you're more likely to hear from your ...more
Sean Post
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a hefty and, at points, highly technical response to many of the key arguments leveled against Christianity by the New Atheists. It was somewhat disappointing to read this on kindle because I know I will have to refer back to my notes and highlights online rather than just grabbing a physical copy off the bookshelf. Really this is a reference book because I could never hope to retain all the data and arguments that are contained throughout.

The book has a dozen or so contributors so the
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall this is an informative book. It is not a book for beginners and not adequate for the advanced. It is suited for the intermediate. I give it three stars because the chapter on hell by Stewart Goetz essentially argues that we choose heaven by choosing to lead good lives and choose hell because we choose to lead not so good lives. This in no way compliments the rest of the chapters which are orthodox protestantism (though the chapter on the relationship between the divinity and humanity of ...more
Frank Peters
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book that is a collection of essays. It also has one unfortunate Achilles heel: one or two of the first essays are really nasty to read and appear to be designed only for a fully trained philosopher. After the first section of the book is complete, the rest of the essays are excellent. The final essay, which is an argument against open theology is out of place in this volume. Even the author of the essay apologies for its inclusion, given that all of the other essays are ...more
May 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Bor-ring. Focus was on (1) The Existence of God (emphasis on philosophical rationalism), (2) The Jesus of History (emphasis on critique of criteria for determining authenticity in historical research), and (3) The Coherence of Christian Doctrine (emphasis on theism and stability of orthodox doctrine). Nothing new here. Perhaps the hope was that saying the same thing in a louder voice would make a difference.
Matt Norman
Though I didn't think every argument was particularly compelling, I did find the book to be very interesting and that it had many insightful discussions that were worth the read.
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
My second favorite book from these conventions, good sections on history.
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