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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (October 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837267
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Craig and Meister bring together cutting-edge essays that attest powerfully to the massive and growing evidence in favor of theism in general and Christianity in particular. Each essay responds to the charges made by the New Atheists, but this is by no means a polemical book. The writeres set a high bar for reasonable, responsible discourse, and they live up to it." (The 2010 Christianity Today Book Awards, Apologetics/Evangelism Category Winner, February 2010)

About the Author

William Lane Craig (PhD, philosophy, University of Birmingham; ThD, systematic theology, University of Munich) is Research Professor of Philosophy at T albot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Craig has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Modern Theology and Religious Studies. He has written or cowritten more than twenty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology and God, Time and Eternity.

Chad Meister (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith and The Philosophy of Religion Reader..

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I am Professor of Philosophy at Bethel College in Indiana, USA. I'm a Christian philosopher and most of my books have to do with God or some subject related to God or Christianity. But I also have a deep appreciation for other faith traditions and for thoughtful skeptics, agnostics, and atheists as well. In fact, some of my books include writings of leading thinkers from the major world religions and from those who deny the reality of God altogether. As I see it, there is tremendous value in the dialogue, and much to learn from those with whom we disagree.

I have published 15 books or so, including Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Christian Thought: A Historical Introduction, The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, and The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion. I am also General Editor, with Paul Moser, of the new book series with Cambridge University Press entitled Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society.

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Overall, I give high marks to this book.
In chapter eight, Alister McGrath does an excellent job of answering the problem of religious evil.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By MK on December 16, 2009
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The essays that I enjoyed most from this book were the ones by Moser, Polkinghorne, McGrath, and Copan. Paul Moser's article makes the important point that the moral dimension of God has important bearing on what we should expect to find as evidence for God's existence. By looking for the "God of the Philosophers" as a first cause, unmoved mover, etc., Moser argues that we have acted as if the question of God being good, amoral, or malevolent has no bearing on whether or not God exists. He makes an interesting case for highlighting the moral nature of God, particularly the belief that God is love, should be central to the question of God's existence. Polkinghorne's chapter, entitled "God and Physics," shows how a Christian viewpoint not only accommodates but illuminates the understanding of physics that has developed in the twentieth and early twenty-first century. Alister McGrath does an excellent job of taking to task the view that religion is inherently violent, pointing out that the all of the dangers that are identified in religion are inherent to political movements. The use of religion to motivate violence points to features of human nature and not of religion. Thus, atheism, religion, politics, or any system or ideology is vulnerable to being co-opted for violent purposes, a point that is often lost or ignored by Christians and atheists alike. Paul Copan offers a thoughtful analysis of Old Testament law and ethics, which is always a hot-button topic in atheist-Christian debates.

There were a few essays that I found to be somewhat lacking, either in quality of argument or in organization. While Craig is a clear writer, no matter how many times he formulates the ontological argument I still think it looks like witchcraft.
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40 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A. Morgan on November 24, 2009
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Atheism is no longer simply about `not believing' in a God or an intelligent designer. New Atheism has arrived and it has gone on the offensive. Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and others are now not just refuting the existence of God, spirituality, heaven or hell, they are proclaiming the message that to believe in a God, or in intelligent design is irrational and dangerous. The only sure and true `truth' that can be relied upon is science.

These new atheists are pro-active - almost evangelistic in their zeal. Their mission is simple - to actively turn people away from any form of theistic belief.

This book is a powerful and substantial response to the claims and arguments of the new atheists.

The authors take on Dawkins et-al on their turf, unafraid of tackling the toughest of subjects including `Are The Old Testament Laws Evil', `How Could God Create Hell', `God Evil and Morality'. There are also chapters on `Arguments for God', `The failure of Scientific Atheism', `God and Physics'& `God and Evolution.'

What I find wonderful about this book is the breadth of the scholarship from Christians, philosophers, theologians and scientists. From Dr William Lane-Craig, a philosopher, theologian and strong apologist of the Christian faith, to Michael Behe, a top scientist in the area biochemistry and Anthony Flew a well known former atheist who have both declared that evolution is not possible without an intelligent designer.

This book is by no means anti-science. Indeed, the aim of this book is to show clearly that the claims and arguments of the new atheists simply do not stand up to intellectual, scientific and philosophical scrutiny. And it succeeds.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matthew on April 6, 2010
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This is book is well written with thoughtful chapters from authorities in their fields. However, without some background knowledge of apologetics some of the chapters are hard to follow. If you're new to apologetics or looking for something more group friendly I suggest "On Guard" by William Lane Craig.
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Anyone who has seen Craig's debates on the Problem of Evil or the sources of morality will know that he as nothing to offer. This book does little but cement his place in history as one of the least compassionate individuals to ever live.

And no, compassion most certainly does NOT mean to "suffer with" someone. That's a defeatist attitude. Etymology is not almighty.

On the Problem of Suffering:

William Lane Craig would have you believe that a perfectly loving god would allow earthquakes, child rape, child torture, mass murder and a surfeit of suffering in the world. I invite you to ask yourselves these questions:

Would an all-loving parent allow their children to be raped?
Would an all-loving god value the free will of child rapists more than the free will of their victims?
Would an all-loving human being allow preventable suffering?
Would an all-loving doctor force surgery on a patient when medication would be painless and just as effective?
Would an all-loving god tempt his or her creation and punish them with eternal torture for doing what he KNEW they would do?
Would an all-loving god torture anyone for eternity?
How could a perfect creation ever become imperfect?
Do any of the other books in this series contradict the content of this book and/or reality?

Omniscience utterly, unequivocally, negates free will.

Perfect foreknowledge entails that god set A&E up to fail, as well as Hitler to murder 6 million Jews, start a world war that slaughtered many millions more, famine, drought, the Spanish flu...

Need I go on?

Eternalism is no dodge. If a god has perfect foreknowledge, then he's still responsible.
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