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On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision Paperback – March 1, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
- Ravi Zacharias
- Lee Strobel (additionally he wrote the forward)
- Mark Mittelberg
- Jim Thomas
- J.P. Moreland.
This is a resource that is comprehensive enough that the reader need not purchase another evidential book. Craig covers in depth countless subjects that will help train the believer to confidently defend the faith within the bounds of evidentialism.
Topics included within the pages of "On Guard" include"
- What is Apologetics?
- Why does anything at All Exist?
- Why Did the Universe Begin?
- Fine-tuned universe
- Can One be good without God?
- Who was Jesus?
- The Resurrection of Christ
- The exclusivity of Christ
- And much more.
- Bill Craig's apologetic testimony.
The author supplies wonderful charts, graphs, illustrations, small biographies of famous scholars, and "talk about it" questions for the apologetic trainee.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Very helpful and mostly easy to understand forba lay—person.Published 6 days ago by Edward Major
Excellent book for those wanting a little more scientific evidence in support of a loving creative God.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great resource for understanding the logical reasons for faith. The arguments build on each other, but are individually accessible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by grhardin
I read this book about 2 weeks ago, and it is nothing short of what I expected: that is, a book that would practically yet powerfully make arguments for the existence of God and -... Read morePublished 1 month ago by I Benjamin I
Excellent presentation of Craig's basic arguments in not quite as technical a form as his other books like Reasonable Faith. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis Jensen
Great apologetic resource. I plan to order several additional copies for my friends.Published 2 months ago by Bill
I don't want to have to study a textbook in order to witness to others. I don't believe intellectual arguments and philosophy are going to convince anyone to accept Christ as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Connie