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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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"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
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..
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
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If you have mistakenly clicked on this looking for that good book - god is not Great by Christopher Hitchens. .. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent collection of essays probing modern atheism and it's errors both philosophically and in light of modern scientific discoveries.Published 21 months ago by Iron Horse
"New Atheism," if you haven't heard the term before then you are at least familiar with the concept. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Paul & Miranda
Sometimes books that contain a variety of essay are judged on several that are outstanding. I think there is enough outstanding in this book, subtitled "Why Believing in God is... Read morePublished on January 14, 2012 by E. Johnson
God is great, God is good: why belief in God is responsible & reasonable edited by William Lane Craig (Talbot) & Chad Meister (Bethel College) is a frontal response to the New... Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by William J. Pankey
This is an excellent collection of essays. Habermas's essay on the resurrection was particularly well-done considering the small amount of space he was given. Read morePublished on April 3, 2011 by CBRASDAS
This collection of essays is a response to some of the numerous books by the 'new atheists'.
Unlike the atheists of old who primarily sought to have God closed out of... Read more
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. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Winston D. Jen
I have bought dozens of these to give away to others. People love this book. The essay format makes the book approachable. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by book lover