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God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible Paperback – November 15, 2009
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"There is no way, apart from deep and abiding spiritual blindness, that an atheist could read this book and walk away thinking belief in God is nonsensical, irrational, or unscientific." (Craig Hazen, Outreach, March-April 2011)
"This book has plenty of food for thought for believing Christians (and unbelievers!) who need a reason to believe in Jesus Christ and the Church." (Glenn B. Siniscalchi, American Theological Inquiry, January 2010)
"The essays in this book are all clearly argued, and will reassure the already faithful that they are neither daft nor deluded." (Lucy Huskinson, Church Times, April 7, 2010)
It is reassuring that so gifted a pair of astute minds has taken time to respond to such works as Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchen's God is not Great. (Betty Waller, The Lamplighter)
"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)
"Craig and Meister have assembled careful, thoughtful, credible, well-communicated views, which can be used to support, expand and individualize curriculum. These essays challenge and argue the New Atheists." (Richard O. Wright, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2010)
About the Author
William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England; DTheol, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany) is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and at Houston Baptist University. In 2016 he was named by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers. Craig has authored or edited over forty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; God, Time, and Eternity; and God and Abstract Objects, as well as over 150 articles in professional publications 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.
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Excellent essays in which some are placed on either the beginner or intermediate level.
This book will answer the questions such as why is God so elusive, Does believing in a higher power a result of the evolutionary process, the problem with suffering as well.
It was interesting to get a feel for some of these apologists ive rarely heard of such as Chad Meister, Charles Taliaferro, Scot McKnight, and Jerry Walls.
Dr. Craig who is arguably the best defender of Christianity opens things up with an excellent essay in which he compresses all his excellent offensive arguments for God's existence in the space that he was allowed.
One of my favorite quotes in the book, comes from Jerry Walls, who took a page out of C.S Lewis and stated "hell is created when free beings use (more accurately, abuse) the freedom God has given them not to embrace him but to reject him." (pg. 162)
Great book for a great price
Another excellent chapter is chapter 8 by Alister McGrath (Is Religion Evil?). When put side-by-side, give me Christianity every time over atheism. Even if there is no God, the social helps given to us by religion outweighs anything provided by atheistic systems. If so, perhaps moving to Cuba or North Korea ought to be what you're looking for.
Honestly, there were a few snoozers in this list of essays--that's the danger with these types of books--but I think there's enough here to sift through and learn more about reasonable responses to arguments made by the New Atheists.
Unlike the atheists of old who primarily sought to have God closed out of public events (school prayer, etc.), the new group 'endeavors to make respect for the belief in God socially unacceptable'. They have attacked religion in general and Christianity in particular with an intense fervor. It seems a bit odd that these 'new atheists' spend so much time attacking something (God) that they do not even believe exists. As Dinesh D'Souza has commented (not in this book), he does not believe in unicorns, but he does not go around writing books about how they do not exist, how evil they are, etc. It is in this strange climate that 'God is Great, God is Good' seeks to address these missionaries of unbelief.
This volume contains articles from a wide range of experts addressing various points of the debate. The major sections include the following: 'God Is (The Existence of God)', 'God is Great', 'God is Good', and 'Why It Matters'.
Some of the various topics covered include: 'God and Evolution', 'Is Religion Evil', 'How Could God Create Hell' and several others. One particularly great chapter is 'Why Faith Matters' by Mark Mittelberg. The different sections are written with numerous styles including those that appeal to intellectuals as well as those that are more accessible by average readers.
Some of the well known writers include William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland, Michael Behe, and Gary Habermas.
Overall, this is a strong contribution to Christian apologetics. It is very readable and worth one's time.
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