A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible
William Lane Craig
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Followers of Jesus need not fear hard questions or objections against Christian belief. In A Reasonable Response, renowned Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig offers dozens of examples of how some of the most common challenges to Christian thought can be addressed, including:
- Why does God allow evil?
- How can I be sure God exists?
- Why should I believe that the Bible is trustworthy?
- How does modern science relate to the Christian worldview?
- What evidence do we have that Jesus rose from the dead?
Utilizing real questions submitted to his popular website ReasonableFaith.org, Dr. Craig models well-reasoned, skillful, and biblically informed interaction with his inquirers. A Reasonable Response goes beyond merely talking about apologetics; it shows it in action. With cowriter Joseph E. Gorra, this book also offers advice about envisioning and practicing the ministry of answering people’s questions through the local church, workplace, and in online environments.
Whether you're struggling to respond to tough objections or looking for answers to your own intellectual questions, A Reasonable Response will equip you with sound reasoning and biblical truth.
spy stories I had ever heard or seen on the big screen. At a certain point, anyone would become unsure that all this could possibly be true. Then, one day, sitting on an outdoor deck playing my guitar, I was stung by the largest, most menacing-looking wasp I had ever seen. The sting was extremely painful and the spot on my left calf immediately began to redden and swell. I became dizzy. Within a minute or two I couldn’t walk. The pain was terrible, the swelling was huge, and a housemate had to
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AIDS OUR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Now, this might seem so daunting a task that it puts us under the pile rather than comforts us! How can we who are so weak and flawed realize these sorts of character qualities in ourselves? It might seem hopeless. Ah, but here it’s very interesting to compare this list of character qualities with the list Paul provides of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Gal. 5:22–23)! Paul says the fruit of the Spirit is • love • joy • peace •
RATIONALITY OF THEISTIC BELIEF When I say that one is rational to believe in God on the basis of the witness of the Holy Spirit, do I mean rational in the sense pertaining to justification or warrant? Read what Plantinga says in response to the “Son of Great Pumpkin” objection in Warranted Christian Belief. He is emphatic that justification is easy to achieve (even Voodoo epistemologists can be justified in their beliefs!) and that what he’s talking about is warrant, that which turns true belief
“1. There is no such thing as truth” true? If not, then no need to worry, right? On the other hand if (1) is true, then it follows that (1) is not true, since there is no truth. So if (1) is false, it’s false; and if (1) is true, it’s false. So either way (1) is false. The position that your friends espoused is just incoherent. Please don’t dismiss this response as mere logic-chopping. The position your friends taught you is just self-refuting and silly. Indeed, the rest of your letter reveals
salvific will of God (1 Tim. 2:3–4; 2 Peter 3:9). INSIGHT Note this important distinction between “seeking” as mere intellectual inquiry vs. seeking as a genuine search of the soul. Our apologetics endeavors should seek to be mindful of this distinction in order to avoid the distraction of merely entertaining people’s intellectual curiosities. Of course, God’s providence in each person’s life plays itself out over time. God’s existence may not be evident to someone at certain stages of