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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.
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For someone completely new to philosophy the book may be a bit hard to read as precision requires precise terms of art. This problem is greatly mitigated by the book itself by presenting rarely used terms when they come up for the first time. Different philosophical tools are also presented and explained as they are used. The book is mind-twisting in a good way.
As he mentions in the book, it is not meant to be read but studied, and this is evident by frequent "Talk about it"-sections presenting study questions. Thus the book is well suited for a small group study. I'll have to re-read it after a while. Maybe when I find a group to study it with.
All-in-all the book is excellent for Christian (would be) apologists as a shortish handbook for different arguments. It is also great for Christians not specializing in apologetics, because it will give them answers to challenges they might face. Even for a non-Christian who is interested in philosophy the book is worth a read as it touches many philosophical issues. For someone opposing Christianity the book is great because it presents some of the most usual attacks against non-Christian arguments and defenses for Christian or theistic arguments, thus in a way giving a non-Christian "the opponent's playbook".
Anyone who is or has pondered the existence of a divine creator or cause of the universe needs to have this book read and studied ASAP. Give Dr. Craig a chance and, even if you don't agree with everything he says, I guarantee you'll close the book with many new questions and even a few answers you hadn't thought of.
Every Christian in the Western World needs to also read and memorize the information in this book to the best of their ability. The culture we live in does not allow for half-hearted or blind belief in anything that can't be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Dr. Craig demonstrates repeatedly that the Christian faith is reasonable and shows that it is a rational thing to commit to.
This book should be in every church library, on every philosopher's bookshelf, and on every modern human's radar.
Read. This. Book.