- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434764885
- ISBN-13: 978-1434764881
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 357 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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My biggest criticism of this book is that there are some cases where, despite agreeing with his conclusions, I find Craig's arguments unconvincing as a means of arriving at those conclusions. He does, however, offer many strong and worthwhile arguments for both God in general and the Christian God in particular, as well as responses to many popular atheistic arguments. If I have a second complaint, it's that once or twice the arguments are complex enough that it takes some effort to follow along, but I believe that is due to the complexity of the actual issue; Craig strips the arguments for God down almost to their most basic elements, making them easier to digest for those who have not had training in philosophy and formal logic.
This book is worth reading, particularly for any Christian who is stumped by arguments from atheists, agnostics, or pluralists. It may also be helpful for anyone who is familiar with the arguments Craig provides, but either has trouble presenting them in a simple, straightforward way, or would just like a refresher on the basic logic involved. Lastly, while I cannot guarantee it will answer your doubts, if you are a truth seeker who has yet to believe in God, but are open to the possibility, I recommend this book to you.
For each argument, the author goes the extra mile of presenting some of the most common refutations of those arguments, along with counterarguments against those refutations. It illustrates how thoroughly Craig has researched both sides of the issue. He isn’t preparing you to simply preach at someone, he’s preparing you to debate.
What I liked best about “On Guard” was the uniqueness of the arguments. Many of them I had not seen before, which is surprising given their inherent strength. The book also has a number of stories from the author’s life that I found both interesting and encouraging.
A couple of the arguments are built on formal philosophy and so may fly over the head of people who have had little philosophical training. The only philosophy course I had in school was in Logic, so I found myself reading portions of those chapters—“Why Does Anything Exist?” for instance—more than once. Still, I’m glad I expanded my education in that way.
“On Guard” is an excellent book. A useful tool for the believer, and an intriguing, well-reasoned read for the skeptic. I highly recommend it.
A weak point is Craig's argument for the necessity of God for their to be any moral code. Here he may do well to read more closely philosophers such as Rand who argue for a morality based on the needs of human life and human flourishing.
This is a great first book if you're interested in learning how your Christian faith can actually be defended very soundly on rational and logical grounds. Due to unexamined presuppositions in popular culture, you might be very surprised that this is possible! On the other hand, this is precisely what we would expect if we lived in a universe where both theism and Christianity were true!