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Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics [Paperback]

William Lane Craig
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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books; Rev Ed edition (1 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891077642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891077640
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I found this to be one of the better Christian apologetics books out there. However, this book seems to be heavily geared toward the Christian reader; I initially believed that it would be directed toward skeptics. I found that the author placed a lot of emphasis on personal experience. The arguments are well laid out and very well organized, but several of his ideas have been refuted by various authors and speakers. Although, as an atheist, I certainly did not agree with many of Dr. Craig's points, I enjoyed reading his ideas.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Often fallacious 17 Oct 2010
I read this book and had to get my pen to angrily note things in the margin at far too regular intervals. Craig should know better, he is a clever man, but his work is littered with straw men, question begging and other such fallacies. I think he treats the book, though aimed at the Christian market, as one of his debates. Using sneaky tactics and fast moves to pull the wool over peoples eyes to detract from the erroneous or disingenuous claims.

Craig often does not do enough justice to the counter arguments: he either explains them poorly, in not enough detail, or builds up straw men of them so as not to have to tackle them in their most serious of forms. He also looks at thins like the Kalam Cosmological argument from a simplistic viewpoint. For example, even though he is a nominalist when it comes to numbers, he becomes a realist when approaching other abstracts. This allows him to build up the premises for the KCA without properly addressing the issues.

He also continually appeals to authority and popularity when talking about New Testament studies and the historicity of Jesus. What he fails to explain is that the overwhelming majority of scholars are Christian, so of course they will have conclusions that verify Christianity! That is like saying 99% of Islamic scholars believe that the Qu'ran is the word of God, so therefore it is the word of God. You need to establish the selection biases and so on before looking at consensus conclusions amongst biased scholars.

And so on and so on. I am looking to write a much longer and more critical review. It is a well-written book, and Craig has some good arguments, and he knows his onions. He is also crafty and professional when it comes to creating an argument.
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8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative 18 Aug 2003
I liked Reasonable Faith because it is interesting, gives information and answers questions. This is a must for a christan.
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19 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Handy Collection of Apologetic Fallacies 29 Jun 1998
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Since Dr.Craig is probably one of the most philosophically literate apologists for the Christian faith, I expected this book to be leaps and bounds better than purely worthless rubbish such as Josh McDowell's "Evidence." I was quite disappointed to find that this was not the case at all. Typical is the following quote from page 48:
"What, then, should be our approach in apologetics? It should be something like this: 'My friend, I know Christianity is true because God's Spirit lives in me and assures me that it is true. . . Now, to try to show you it's true, I'll share with you some arguments and evidence that I really find convincing. But should my arguments seem weak and unconvincing to you, that's my fault, not God's. It only shows that I'm a poor apologist, not that the gospel is untrue. Whatever you think of my arguments, God still loves you and holds you accountable. I'll do my best to present good arguments to you. But ultimately you have to deal, not with arguments, but with God himself."
Admissions such as these, where Craig admits that REASON itself is not sufficient to establish the truth of Christian claims, shows the title of the book is a complete misnomer-- Reasonable faith does not rely on mere emotional 'wishing-to-be-true,' nor does it rely on the type of veiled threats embodied in the suggestion that you should accept God because you will be "held accountable" if you dont't.
Having seen Craig in debate (albeit with someone who did not even have any philosophical background as Craig does), I expected something better.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Faith 1 Nov 2010
By Kim
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I had "Reasonable Faith" that my purchase would arrive in pristine condition, even though it was second hand. It arrived in an "as new" condition as I expected!!
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