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Why I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe Paperback – December 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I don't remember seeing if the editors, Geisler and Hoffman, were attempting to respond to Russell's "Why I Am Not A Christian," this book certainly serves as a lob back to the atheist's court. Included in the book are essays on truth, God, miracles, the Bible, Jesus, and evil and suffering. Taking some of the better apologists who have already written on the topic at hand, the book's top two strengths were:
* William Lane Craig's chapter 4 entitled "Why I believe God exists." Using the same arguments that he used in a Willow Creek debate against an atheist in the early 1990s--Kalam, Design, and the Moral arguments--Craig's chapter is solid and is a good reference to utilize when determining strong rational arguments for the Christian faith. I think the following chapter by Geisler was very redundant and not as clear as Craig's. It would have been good had the editor perhaps narrowed his chapter since he commissioned Craig to work with the cosmological and teleological arguments.
* Although he offered very little new material, Barry Leventhal's chapter on Jesus as the Messiah was enjoyable to read. The chapter was well-laid out, fully supported, and summarized its points better than perhaps any other chapter in the book.Read more ›
Diane C. Donovan
This book is a collection of essays describing various reasons to accept the Christian faith. The quality of the essays varies, but some include factual errors so great that I can’t recommend this book.
Chapters 1-2 assert that truth is objective and knowable. Chapter 3 teaches that belief in God is properly basic (i.e. atheists really know God exists). Chapters 4, 5, 8 present cosmological, teleological, moral arguments for the Christian God’s existence. Chapters 6 and 7 examine arguments from miracles (including the resurrection of Jesus). Chapters 9 and 10 address concerns that the Bible may not be historically or scientifically accurate. Chapter 11 claims that the weight of this evidence shows that the Bible is divinely inspired.
There were a few gems. Geisler's claim (Chapter 2) that truth is real and knowable is persuasive. Craig's treatment of the cosmological and teleological arguments are comprehensive (although certainly many philosophers would dispute his conclusions). Habermas (Chapter 7) treats the resurrection of Jesus in a way that may challenge some atheists (Chapter 7), and shows that the New Testament has been accurately preserved through history (Chapter 9).
However, other essays had serious problems. In Chapter 3, Budziszewski's idea that all atheists are deluded is accusatory at best, but he at least admits that atheists can argue similarly. Beckwith (Chapter 1) attacks only the simplest forms of relativism, and asserts that natural selection is a product of chance (something any high-school textbook will deny).Read more ›
Part 2; Why I Believe in God
3 Why I Am not an Atheist written by J. Budzisewski
4 Why I Believe God Exists written by William Lane Crain
5 Why I Believe the God of the Bible Is the One True God written by Norman L. Geisler
If one accepts the first three arguments the rest of the argument should follow.
Part 3: Why I Believe in Miracles
6 Why I Believe in the Possibility of Miracles written by R. Douglas Geivett
7 Why I Believe the Miracles of Jesus Actually Happened written by Gary R. Haberness
8 Why I Believe in the Miracle of Devine Creation written by Hugh Ross
Truth is knowable; this is what is argued in the first part. The second part attempts to prove God exists and is the God described in the Bible. The third part is an argument for the belief in signs and wonders. It is an argument the God that exist is in control of all nature and the Human condition, except it is not.Read more ›
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Great book by a great author, will strenghten your faith and reaffirm your beleifs.Published 1 month ago by John J Bradshaw
Some of the best Christian thinkers each write a chapter explaining the reasons they came to believe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yvonne Lewis
I'm a Christian because I received the Gift of Faith through the Holy Spirit. This book is written on a cerebral level in defense of that Faith. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James M Sheehey
Fascinating arguments as to why Leading professionals in their fields have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ!Published 22 months ago by Trish Hunter
But on the outset, I must warn those who have made up their minds before doing any honest evaluation---this will be a book that will make you uncomfortable or you will put down and... Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by Dutch Sweeny
I have only had time to read three chapters since I received the book last week. Already I have been able to use the information I learned about God and His attributes. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Sharon L. Hudson
This book contains the testimonies of all kinds of intellectuals who have realized that God is real and are using reason to defend their belief in Him. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Mrs. K
This book is a fascinating and well written collection of essays by a wide variety of authors. I was inspired and fortified by their words. Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by Lovely Linda