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God Is All-Good: 7 (What Is God Like?) [Large Print] [Paperback]

Dr. Craig
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12 April 2013 What Is God Like?
An illustrated book for children which is part of a ten-booklet series entitled "What Is God Like?"

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  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1483997456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1483997452
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 21.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Kid-friendly Systematics! 22 Jan 2014
These books are great. (We have the whole set.) They tend to get the best responses from our kids when read with us (at least at first), and really catch our kids off guard (in a good way) by way of exciting them to engage their minds and explore deep conversation. I haven't seen anything else like them and would definitely recommend them to any adults (parents, etc) seeking to actively train-up their kids in "logic" and "theology".
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Is All-Good; Upping the Ante 3 July 2013
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This whole series of ten books about the attributes of God for children is stellar. It is not just for small tots...a friend leading some theological education by extension courses found that some of these books can even help adults better focus on the fundamentals of Christian theology as well!

It may seem odd to involve animals in storey books teaching theology...but Dr William Lane Craig is following the good example of C.S. Lewis whose allegories catch us with our barriers down, and leave us susceptible to deeper truths.

Too often we presume to evaluate God in terms of how comfortable He makes us. It is good to learn along with the children reading this booklet that God is good even when He permits us to suffer. The majesty of the Christian faith is that God in Jesus triumphed through His suffering...He was not diminished by it.

Our god-son really enjoys these books and will be quite disappointed that there are only 10 booklets in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer for young children on the subject 4 Jun 2013
By D. Teran - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introduction for young children to learn the attributes of God. The previous reviewer attempted to offer 'high school' level objections for an all good God. Your children using this book as a primer will in time be able to identify and easily refute many of those simplistic and fallacious arguments.

What personally stood out the most in this book was Dr. Craig's great handling of what is known as the Euthyphro Dilemma. This dilemma is not called so by name in the book but the concept is tackled and well so I might add. After being introduced to the concept eventually children, as they grow older, will hear of the Euthyphro Dilemma but by then it will be, well, just child's play to them. All in all this series is a great introduction. Something I wish was around when I was a young child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So thankful for this series! 11 Aug 2013
By Amanda Moody - Published on Amazon.com
We love this series for our inquisitive 4 year old! Dr. Craig has done an awesome job of explaining the various attributes of God, using wording that even small children can understand. The illustrations are wonderful, and I would recommend this series to anyone!
1.0 out of 5 stars A Review for the Children 29 May 2013
By Winston D. Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Craig expects eight-year-olds to believe that an all-loving, all-good and perfect god would allow child rape and torture. Surely even a six-year-old could see the glaring contradiction here.

The Problem of Evil is an insurmountable one for Christians (and all other theists who believe in a perfectly loving, all-powerful and all-knowing god). There have been intense and motivated efforts over the past two millennia to defend such a position rationally, and they have all failed. Miserably. Utterly. And in many cases, dishonestly.

I invite all children to consider these questions.

Are good deeds good because god commands it, or does god command it because it is good?

Would an all-loving parent allow their children to be raped?
Would an all-loving god value the free will of child rapists more than the free will of their victims?
Would an all-loving human being allow preventable suffering?
Would an all-loving doctor force surgery on a patient when medication would be painless and just as effective?
Would an all-loving god tempt his or her creation and punish them with eternal torture for doing what he KNEW they would do?
Would an all-loving god torture anyone for eternity?
How could a perfect creation ever become imperfect?
Do any of the other books in this series contradict the content of this book and/or reality?

Now on to the Problem of Suffering.

Some approaches involve invoking an unknown "greater good" defense (which throws god's omnipotence under the bus. An omnipotent deity could simply actualise a desired goal without needing to use suffering as a "middle man"). Attempts to shift the problem by asserting that human happiness is not the goal of life (but knowing god is) removes the omnibenevolence and omnipotence of god (if you love someone, you don't want them to suffer. It really is that simple).

Here, Craig takes the old canard of free will. Unfortunately, free will is meaningless unless everyone has an equal amount of it. This is undeniably NOT the case. Not everyone is given the same lifespan, physical strength, mental acuity, political clout, financial resources, and so on. Craig is pontificating from the luxurious confines of his residence, funded by conveniently gullible sheep. This has certainly damaged his ability to empathise with the billions who live on less than a dollar each day. And the thousands who starve to death every time the Earth completes a full rotation.

Craig also, perhaps unwittingly, advocates a social Darwinism in which the rich and physically powerful are able to murder, rape and steal from weaker individuals (and are therefore less able to exercise their own free will to prevent their own suffering). Craig worships a cosmic pedophile who revels in granting freedom to abhorrent individuals while getting his jollies from seeing the most vulnerable suffer and die in agony (only to get thrown into even more torture in the Christian vision of hell).

Lastly, a loving god would take away free will from those who would willingly surrender it in return for a life without suffering. Funnily enough, Craig seems to believe in a heaven without suffering but with all the bells and whistles of freedom. So why not create that universe from the get-go and stick with it? Why create a universe with even the possibility of corruption? It certainly is not something a perfect god would do. Then again, a perfect god would not blackmail beings he supposedly loves for eternal worship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctrine of God for the Youngest Disciples 6 Oct 2013
By J. Mischley - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Craig's 'Attributes of God' books are great. I've purchased them all for my children, and I'm thrilled to be reading books to them that will actually deepen their understanding of God instead of just reading books for the stories. These books are very inviting to children and have a deeper purpose than story-telling. And, they're even a great theological brush-up for the adults reading them too!
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand 10 May 2014
By paepalsux - Published on Amazon.com
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Using these books opens up dialogue with my kids, in a way which they can understand it. It is a good way to talk about the characteristics of God, and I would recommend it.
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