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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764881
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
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Do you worry that someone will ask you a question about your faith that you can’t answer?
 
Have you tried to learn how to defend your faith but gotten lost in confusing language and theology?
 
Do you struggle with times of spiritual doubt yourself?
 
This concise training manual by renowned scholar William Lane Craig is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help you stand your ground and defend your faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his own story of following God’s call.
 
This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip you to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. You will discover not just what you believe, but why you believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.

About the Author

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology. A respected debater, prominent Internet presence (www.reasonablefaith.org), and the author of Reasonable Faith, Dr. Craig is one of the most influential defenders of Christianity in our day. He and his wife, Jan, have two grown children.


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I am the Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. With my wife Jan, we have two grown children.

At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, I first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded my life to Christ. I pursued 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 I taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time we started our family. In 1987 we moved to Brussels, Belgium, where I pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming my position at Talbot in 1994.

I have authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; 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 Philosophia Christi, 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.

My CV can be read here: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=curriculum_vitae

Publication list: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer?pagename=publications_main

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Craig lays out the logic of his arguments in a very easy to understand form.
W. Branit
Throughout the book, Dr. Craig presents counter arguments that an atheist may present against the existence of God and against the Christian faith.
Mark Bloomer
Again, anyone wanting to know what Christian Apologetics is all about, you should read this book.
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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful By M. OLSON on March 2, 2010
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If you've ever desired philosophers to say things in easy to understand, yet not dumbed down language, then you will be pleased with this book.
On Guard seems to take all the great things William Lane Craig says during his debates, podcasts, and interviews, and puts them in one accessible read. For some reason, apologists speak so clearly during their debates, and yet when you buy their book, you get bogged down in technical jargon that keeps you busy either reading the same page 4 times, or rifling your fingers through a copy of Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion.
Before I got this book, I believed it would be one of those books that would be great for using in a young adults (or not so young adults) Sunday School class, or perhaps giving to someone who knows nothing of apologetics. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that that On Guard is not only that, but also much more! On Guard reminds me of a book that would be the result of an individual's gleanings of the best notes of his studies. (Now I don't have to spend the next year writing all my notes down, because WLC has done it for us! ha ha)

Ok, so now that I've given my impression of the book, allow me to go into greater detail:
On Guard begins with an impressive list of endorsements, ending with the finest by J.P. Moreland, who refers to Craig as, "the finest Christian apologist of the last half century." I wholeheartedly agree, and also place Moreland there too.

We move on to an excellent introduction by Lee Strobel. Lee reminds us of the great debate between Craig and Zindler (a debate I actually paid money to buy on cassette from Moody), and then closes with the claim that, "you'll learn the most compelling arguments in favor of Christianity.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jared Totten on March 2, 2010
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William Lane Craig is one of the top Christian apologists alive today. So when he writes a book on apologetics, I expect it to be well-argued and -reasoned. But I do not necessarily expect it to be accessible to the average reader, for better or for worse.

Yet On Guard, released this week by David C. Cook Publishers, is just that and more. This book is ready-made for undergraduate classes, church small groups or any Christian looking for an introduction to the key arguments in defense of Christianity.

Most of the content is not new to the discussion, but the format by which it is presented is. This is one of the primary appeals to this work. There are wide margins on the pages perfect for note-taking, unless that space is used for definitions of key words and logical fallacies. There are even profiles of some of the key thinkers along the way.

Craig presents the chapters in ascending logical order of arguments, from "What difference does it make if God exists?" to "Is Jesus the only way to God?". Along the way he hits some of the most popular arguments today for God's existence: the moral argument, the design argument, and of course the kalam cosmological argument, which Craig is especially well-known for modifying in his doctorate thesis.

If there is one weakness in the book, it is that it tries to be all things to all men. While the book is meant to be introductory, there are points when the content will simply be heavy lifting due to the subject matter at hand--despite the occasional single-panel cartoon thrown in. And the "Talk About It" questions seemingly geared for the small group are, in my humble opinion, more distracting than beneficial.
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105 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Brainard on May 7, 2010
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Let me first say that I am a huge Bill Craig fan. His work has saved my spiritual bacon many times and I've also gone to several of his debates (have two pictures with him) and have donated to his organization.

I give this book a poor rating as a book, not so much for the arguments given, which are fairly standard for Dr. Craig. Things to like about the book include readability. I'm a slow reader and I could easily plow through a chapter in about 30 minutes. There is also a bonus chapter on how to defend that Christ is the only way to salvation, and differentiating the intellectual versus emotional reasons people have for rejecting the doctrine. Some who are not biblical inerrantists may not welcome this chapter, thus limiting the appeal of this book over Reasonable Faith in some circles. Fortunately, the book does have questions for discussion in the margin, unlike RF, which means you can use it for a group discussion without having to buy workbooks or print off seperate sheets.

And keep in mind, this book is designed to boil down RF, written on the "graduate" student level, and make it more "accessible" to the common church goer. After all, who really wants to spend the extra time and cost to clean up the brain matter from unsuspecting soccer mom's who chose to read straight through RF? Those kind of casualities just don't look good for the church.

The reason I give this book such a poor review is that scholars are frequently quoted and, aside from giving their names, there is no citation to tell us the work and page number. For instance, the quote from Roger Penrose on the odds of the initial conditions of the universe being a low entropy state (10^10^123) on page 196. This alone would be enough to fail any high school student's research paper.
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