A Reasonable Response
Every Christian will eventually encounter hard questions, especially those who share their faith with skeptics and seekers.& Renowned Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig tackles the most common questions and objections raised today, including: How can...
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Every Christian will eventually encounter hard questions, especially those who share their faith with skeptics and seekers.& Renowned Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig tackles the most common questions and objections raised today, including:
How can I be sure God exists?& How does modern science relate to Christian faith?& Why does God allow evil?& What evidence do we have that Jesus rose from the dead? What about the attacks of the New Atheists?&
Drawing from real questions submitted to his popular Reasonable Faith website, Dr. Craig provides rational and biblically based answers that demonstrate the intellectual soundness of the Christian faith.& Dr. Craig and coauthor Joe Gorra also provide seasoned advice for how to approach answering hard questions in the context of the church, personal ministry, and in online environments.&
Whether you're struggling to respond to tough objections or looking for answers to your own intellectual questions, A Reasonable Response will equip you
William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have been married since 1971, and have two adult children.
Dr. Craig was born in 1949, in Peoria, Illinois. From an early age, he proved to be a champion debater at school. 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 Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994.
Dr Craig has emerged as one of the most redoubtable defenders of Christian truth at the top levels of academic philosophy in our time. He has publicly debated theologians, biblical scholars, philosophers, scientists, and various pundits on matters of Christian truth, including Antony Flew, Lawrence Krauss, Marcus Borg, Gerd Ludemann, Bart Ehrman, Christopher Hitchens, and several prominent Muslim apologists. Richard Dawkins has refused to debate with him.
Dr Craig has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument, which has prompted more articles in contemporary philosophical journals than any other current argument for God's existence; also Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of Philosophy, New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science.
- <div><p>chapter 1: Basis For Objective Morality</p><p>chapter 2: Existence Of God</p><p>chapter 3: God's Nature, Persons And Attributes</p><p>chapter 4: Atheism</p><p>chapter 5: Discipleship To Jesus</p><p>chapter 6: Argumentation And Logic 101</p><p>chapter 7: Historical Jesus Life, Death And Resurrection</p><p>chapter 8: Afterlife, Hell And The Unevangelized</p><p>chapter 9: Problem Of Evil</p><p>chapter 10: Authority Of Scripture</p><p>chapter 11: Contemporary Issues</p><p>chapter 12: Practical Advice</p></div>
Praise for A Reasonable Response
No sincere question about God is out of bounds. Here, one of the world's foremost
apologists offers insightful answers to challenging inquiries sent to him-and models how
to help people get past their spiritual sticking points.
-Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith.
The premise of this very helpful volume is stated up front: "questions are our friends." I
couldn't agree more, and that's why I love this new book. Dr. Craig's responses to questions
he's been asked over the years will stretch you, but with Joe Gorra's assistance you'll gain the
benefit of understanding new insights. You won't regret the journey.
- John Stonestreet, author and speaker for Colson Center for Christian
Worldview (BreakPoint.org) and Summit Ministries (Summit.org).
What a book! Combining a top-notch reference work with solid, practical instruction, Bill
Craig and Joe Gorra have created a unique and innovative title that will help all Christians
grow and minister. Bill's sharp insights answer the biggest questions surrounding Christianity,
while Joe's analysis and framework provides real-world wisdom that can be employed by the
evangelist as well as the philosopher.
A Reasonable Response not only gives you the answers but shows the value of apologetics
and helps the reader be a more effective communicator of the gospel message. This is a
rich resource for the pastor and apologist, and an effective tool for personal growth.
- Lenny Esposito, founder and president, Come Reason Ministries
As a pastor for more than 30 years, I know firsthand the importance of apologetics in the
life of the church and the personal journey of believers. I've faced the questions of confused
believers and disgruntled skeptics. A Reasonable Response has comprehensive content yet
a user-friendly approach that leverages a Q&A format. Dr. Craig strikes an impressive
balance between gifted philosopher and compassionate sage. Of special interest are the
appendixes, which provide practical advice to pastors on recommendations for doing
apologetics in the local church.
- Dr. Brent Strawsburg, Equipping & Outreach Consultant, Conservative
Baptist Association of Southern California
Dr. Craig's credentials are well known, so it will not surprise the reader that serious questions
about God and the Christian life are answered with wisdom and respect. An added bonus
to this work is how well the church and pastor are handled. I don't know of another book
that answers the seeker, trains the Christian, and models the apologetic task in the context
of the church as well as this one does.
- Phil Steiger, senior pastor, Living Hope Church (Colorado Springs)
Unlike similar books that repackage the same tired answers to perennial questions, A
Reasonable Response offers thoughtful and philosophically astute, yet succinct, answers to
some of the most challenging queries of both skeptics and believers. You'll gain valuable
insight from reading Bill Craig's winsome, enlightening approach to apologetics.
- Joe Carter, editor, The Gospel Coalition (TheGospelCoalition.org)
If learning is often by example, then A Reasonable Response can be a valuable source of
encouragement to current and emerging leaders in apologetics. Read it for your own
equipping. Read it to gain confidence in answering people's tough questions. Every Christian
at every university should have a copy on their bookshelf!
- R ick Schenker, president, Ratio Christi: A Student Apologetics
This is a Q&A book that goes well beyond mere questions and answers. It will linger with
you, inviting you into the practice of thinking itself. If you study this book carefully, you will
certainly gain a rich storehouse of Christian answers. But more importantly, it will equip
you to think for yourself so that eventually you're able to arrive at answers on your own.
And when you can do that, you will be well-positioned to help others discover satisfying
answers to their deepest questions.
- Brett Kunkle, Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason (STR.org).
Dr. Craig not only tackles some of the toughest questions people are asking today, but we
get an "insider's glimpse" as to how and why he answers them as he does. This book will be
helpful to beginners and experts alike.
- Sean McDowell, educator, speaker, and general editor for The Apologetics
Study Bible for Students
When I am preparing for a debate or a presentation before an atheistic college audience,
there is no one I rely on more for clear arguments than William Lane Craig. Now the most
important of those arguments appear in this one volume! A Reasonable Response should
convince anyone who is truly reasonable that Christianity is indeed true.
- Dr. Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org and coauthor of I Don't
Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
For many years, William Lane Craig has thoughtfully and graciously engaged in
answering questions from people around the world. A Reasonable Response combines some
of the most difficult questions Dr. Craig has received with the answers he has given into
one incredibly valuable resource! Not only will the reader gain insight into Dr. Craig's
arguments, but she will see an excellent model of how to be an ambassador for Christ.
Here's a resource that not only attends to the life of the mind but also challenges Christians
in the daily practice of Christianity. This is a timely work in the field of apologetics!
- Mary Jo Sharp, assistant professor of Apologetics, Houston Baptist
University, founder, Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry
William Craig is one of the top Christian thinkers in the world today. A Reasonable Response
is a classic collection of his responses to readers' questions. Readers will be delighted to
see how Dr. Craig handles even the most difficult questions people ask today. Read this
accessible book to sharpen your own skills in apologetics.
- Dennis McCall um, author, Discovering God: Exploring the Possibilities of
Faith, and a lead pastor at Xenos Christian Fellowship (Ohio).
For the Christian ambassador seeking to master his subject and become a tactful
communicator, there is no better example than William Lane Craig. In A Reasonable
Response, budding apologists will find not only a rich resource of scholarly content but
wisdom and insight for engaging others with gentleness and respect.
- B rian Auten, founder of Apologetics315.com and director of Reasonable
A Reasonable Response is God's gift to Christendom. We not only benefit from Dr. Craig's
cogent and insightful answers to tough perennial questions, but we get a glimpse into what
really excites the heart of the author-one who is passionate and dedicated in reaching the
genuine seeker through the defense of the truth claims of Christianity. His example is one
to emulate. This is a must-read.
-Harry Edwards, founder and director, Apologetics.com
Christians today have access to tremendous informational resources for defending the faith
-but information by itself is not enough. Apologetics is relational; questions and objections
come from real people, whether they are family, friends, coworkers, or even strangers on the
Internet. A Reasonable Response provides a valuable resource for Christians who seek both to
have good answers to questions, and to share those answers in a way that will be genuinely
respectful and helpful. The question-and-answer format makes A Reasonable Response a
handy reference guide while also modeling how to graciously answer questions. A further
benefit of this book is the extensive introduction, conclusion, and appendixes that explore
crucial ideas about apologetics dialogue as a ministry.
- Dr. Holl y Ordway, chair of the department of apologetics, Houston