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Hard Questions, Real Answers Paperback – October 17, 2003
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William Lane Craig (PhD, University of Birmingham, England; DTheol, University of Munich) is research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California, and at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas. He has authored or edited over thirty books and is the founder of ReasonableFaith.org, a web-based apologetics ministry.
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However, Craig has outdone himself with this book. Much of his earlier writing contains the same concise logic and strong argumentation, but "Hard Questions, Real Answers" accomplishes this in language anyone can understand. Perhaps this is the book's greatest strength, it does not sacrifice intellectual reasoning and Craig's ability to analyze problems from a variety of perspectives, for popular approval. I mean, it is one thing to write on the relationship of God to Time or to defend the physical resurrection of Jesus; but it is another to tackle the most complex and volatile social issues from a standpoint that is both Christian and scholarly.
Also, this book does not deal merely with 'Christian' problems. The chapters probe the depths of the modern human struggle. The chapter on failure is extremely poignant and insightful in its analysis of how one should react to and come back from personal disappointments and tragedies.
Ultimately, this book is not only a great read, it is an excellent tool for evangelism and discipleship in our postmodern world.
Craig addresses all eight subjects covered in "Hard Questions, Real Answers" very well (the two chapters on the 'problem of evil' were simply top-notch). Contrary to another reviewer who expressed a somewhat incoherent disagreement with Craig's chapter on homosexuality, I believe Craig tackled homosexuality (which is a very difficult topic in the first place) with insight, and showed none of the alleged ignorance.
He also tells of his own personal experiences in several chapters (e.g., the conversion of his two parents nearing the end of his father's life, and how his first attempt at getting a Doctorate in theology failed, despite prayer). Besides merely illustrating a topic, personal sories such as these let the reader know that Craig has experienced and is hence familiar with at least most of the subjects he writes about in his book.
In conclusion of a brief review, this is not typically the type of book one would expect from Dr. Craig, the author of such titles as "The Kalam Cosmological Argument" and "Atheism, Theism, and Big Bang Cosmology". But it is a good read nonetheless for insightful answers to a few specific (but very significant) questions.
Instead, we shouldn't look at God as a genie in a lamp that will grant us our wish if we only pray hard enough. That's a theologically flawed way to view prayer, and Craig shouldn't have given such a ridiculous answer to a question that is being looked at in the wrong way to begin with.
He wrote in the Preface to this 2003 book, "This book is a revised and updated version of my earlier book, No Easy Answers. The original book flowed out of a series of sermons I delivered on 'Unpopular Themes,' that is, topics frequently shunned because of the hard questions they raise. As a Christian philosopher and theologian I have been impressed at how much easier it is to raise hard questions than to answer them. Students and laymen ... sometimes pose difficult questions which are even knottier than they themselves realize. They deserve better than pat answers. They deserve real answers, which is what I try to give in this book."
He observes, "the frustrating thing about unanswered prayer is that on occasion none of the obstacles just listed seems to impede the way, and still God does not grant our request.Read more ›
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Well written by an outstanding scholar. Only a few points with which I could disagree.Published 6 months ago by Thomas N Thrasher
-well formed arguments
Overall a stellar book and a stellar man! So glad I read it.
Very good book. The author talk about very difficult topics.Published 11 months ago by Ramon D. Mesa
Dr. Craig leaves no stone unturned in this thorough but pretty quick read. I appreciate Dr. Craig's sincere and unbiased approach Christian apologetics. Read morePublished 12 months ago by N. Okeke
Excellent insight concerning some of the hardest questions asked by believers and non-believers alike!Published 15 months ago by Bodyarmr