Friday, January 31, 2014

Review of REASONABLE FAITH by William Lane Craig

Title: Reasonable Faith

Author: William Lane Craig

Publisher: Crossway Books

What It's About: In Reasonable Faith, William Lane Craig outlines the arguments that have made him an expert in the field of apologetics.

Why I Read It: I've enjoyed reading William Lane Craig's work for several years, and I listen to his podcast regularly. I tend to be a deep thinker, and Christianity was at times difficult for me to accept because I didn't know there was so much evidence that supported it. I don't know of any better defender for the validity of Christianity than William Lane Craig, and Reasonable Faith is the most thorough explanation of the arguments that Craig shares when he's discussing Christianity.

What I Liked About It: Some people reject the need for apologetics because they believe that convincing people that God is real and that the gospel is true is the job of the Holy Spirit. Why offer arguments if God is going to do what he's going to do in a person's heart and mind? Craig tackles this issue, and I love the way he does it. Craig explains the difference between knowing the gospel to be true and showing the gospel to be true. We know the gospel is true because of the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but arguments can be used to show the validity of Christianity. I love this because if we know it's true, then there is evidence. Why not share that evidence? Craig shares that apologetics can be used by the Holy Spirit to bring people to faith.

I enjoyed Craig's use of many historical sources, such as Thomas Aquinas, Leibnitz, and Blaise Pascal. He covers a lot of the historical approaches to providing evidence for God's existence. The arguments are strong. From showing the absurdity of life without God, to the Kalam Cosmological Argument for God's existence, to the evidence that points to an empty tomb and Christ's resurrection, Craig shows Christianity to be the most reasonable explanation of the world's evidence.

Knowing the evidence that Craig presents, I'm firmly confident that God exists and that Jesus is him. 

What I Didn't Like About It: I honestly can't think of anything I don't like about this book. It's the best apologetics resource I've read.

Where You Can Buy It:

Review copy provided by Crossway Books through their Beyond the Page reviewer program

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