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Contending with Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Paul Copan is a professor and the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University.
William Lane Craig is research professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. His Ph.D. in Philosophy is from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
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The best thing about this book is that it deals with numerous contemporary issues and concerns. It is hard since the popularization of Dawkins and Erhman for one to simply jump to the gospel, without first having to sort out "delusional" issues or "mistranslations" or "corruptions."
This book provides some of the necessary tools. Now looking at the essays covered, one will realize that other issues that are important are missing, namely that of relativism or comparative religions. So it is not a complete guide, but if one picks up passionate conviction those issues are addressed.
Therefore one might want to see which issues are of most concern to you and thus pick volumes accordingly.
The minor let down, was getting the book and starting to read Craig's critique of dawkins only to find that it was about 3 pages (other authors give a more substantive analysis). Although it did address some issues, I wanted a lot more. Additionally, if one owns a huge collection of apologetics textbooks, one may ask is it worth it? For example Craig Evans has a chapter on Fabricating Jesus, but he has written a whole book on the issue. There are other instances of this (mostly with the Jesus of History section), in which I owned the book, in which the expert has written and from which the article may have been derived or adapted.
Moments like those made me wonder if I was getting my full money's worth (or if i own too many books !) , but in the end I was pleased as it was a great recap and so there is so much good material in a portable compact volume.Read more ›
If you're considering buying the book, do this: look at the Table of Contents. If this has you longing to explore further then: #1) you're likely to be something of an apologetics book nerd like me--that's the bad news; and 2) go ahead and dive in, you've hit pay dirt.
The book is divided into three parts: 1) The Existence of God; 2) The Jesus of History; and 3) The Coherence of Christian Doctrine.
I found part one on "The Existence of God" to be the most interesting. And the final chapter deals with Open Theism, I found it to be a helpful take on the subject.
If you're even reading this far you might as well get the book because it's clear that you like this stuff. On the other hand, if you're on this page by accident all I can say is: "See what happens when you're not careful with your mouse."
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Don't even remember reading it. Must have made a great impact on me.Published 10 months ago by Oldfrjon
It is pretty heavy, but it is very helpful. All of the authors are experts and so what they write is pretty up to date and well researched, yet it is mostly quite readable. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kevin J. Rogers
This book was harder to read than the first one. If you are not the wordy scholarly type, and like dry reading then this is the book for you.Published on July 18, 2013 by Jeremy
I actually prefer Craigs writing to his debating. Here he is fine in his examination of Dawkins comments. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Sean Surrey
The biggest aspect I like about this book is the diversity of the arguments. Before this book I didn't even realize that there was an argument for consciousness, I also like... Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Cornell
I purchased the kindle version of the book two days ago. As stated by a number of individuals here, it is a collection of essays in defense of God and Christianity. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Joshua Leasure