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Excellent for Christians, esp. historical considerations,
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This review is from: Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics (Paperback)
The strengths of this book are: 1. its accessibility (it is easy to follow, and presented in a direct, style, Craig addresses the listener); 2. the historical approach for each topics (This is missing in most apologetics books. One can notice in particular how Craig masters the deist controversy , he did research on it); 3. its dealing with "existential" aspect of apologetics ("the human predicament").
The shortcomings are: 1. the absence of a global framework, reasoning for integrating the diverse arguments: one still need to study Geisler's Christian Apologetics for such an integration; 2. Craig's view of Christianity as basically true, his circular reasoning (based on the Bible) about the Holy Spirit, and his uncritical endorsment of Plantinga's nonsensical epistemology (see James Sennett's book ("Modality..."): this is the major shortcoming of the book, a big mistake. 3. The book is definitely intended to Christians (Craig tells how to convert non-Christians...), I would not lend to a non-Christian. Strangely, Craig addresses at the end of the album non-Christian listeners, asking them to make a commitment for Christ. But this may be a good thing for nominal Christians. 4. Craig's concentration on the Kalam argument: fine, this argument is excellent for those of us with a background in natural sciences, yet it does not give the theistic God (e. g. it could give several gods), just as the design argument. One really need to use Aquinas' 3rd way to get the full-blown theistic God (the latest exposition of it is in Yandell's "Philosophy of Religion", 1999, but this is a difficult read. An easier one can be found in Geisler's Christian Apologetics). The third way is based on abstract concepts (necessity, etc.) and is probably not fitting in a popular books, so I will not blame Craig for not using it here.
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Initial post: May 12, 2010 6:04:57 PM PDT
I. Miller says:
You need to look into what the Bible is and what it is not. It is not made up or written as a whole at one time. It is a collection of historical documents which can be taken on their own terms and have been shown to be historically accurate time and time again. This would be like saying you can't argue about Caesar through the works of Tacitus because those works might be found in a larger collection of works. It's utterly absurd.
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