Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig

By William Lane Craig

Perfect as a textbook but very good for lay readers, this up-to-date version builds a good case for Christianity by means of using the most recent proposal to middle theological themes.

J. Gresham Machen as soon as acknowledged, "False rules are the best stumbling blocks to the reception of the gospel"-which makes apologetics that rather more very important. desirous to have interaction not only lecturers and pastors yet Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and up to date key sections during this 3rd variation of his vintage textual content to mirror the newest paintings in astrophysics, philosophy, chance calculus, the arguments for the lifestyles of God, and Reformed epistemology.

His approach-that of confident apologetics-gives cautious recognition to the most important questions and issues, together with: the connection of religion and cause, the lifestyles of God, the issues of old wisdom and miracles, the private claims of Christ, and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. He exhibits that there's strong cause to imagine Christianity is correct. As Craig says, "If you've gotten a legitimate and persuasive case for Christianity, you don't need to turn into knowledgeable in comparative religions and Christian cults. a favorable justification of the Christian religion immediately overwhelms all competing international perspectives missing an both powerful case."

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When the Word of God confronts a man, he is not free to analyze, weigh, and consider as a disinterested judge or observer—he can only obey. The authority of the Word of God is the foundation for religious belief. Like Barth, Bultmann also rejects any human apprehension of the Word of God (which he seems to identify primarily with the call to authentic existence embodied in the gospel) apart from faith. Bultmann construes faith in epistemological categories, opposing it to knowledge based on proof.

John uses his characteristic phrase “by this we know” to emphasize that as Christians we have a confident knowledge that our faith is true, that we really do abide in God, and God really does live in us. In fact John goes so far as to contrast the confidence which the Spirit’s testimony brings to that brought by human evidence: This is he who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the witness, because the Spirit is the truth.

What, then, are the criteria that determine whether or not a proposition is properly basic? Typically, the evidentialist asserts that only propositions that are 21. Wolfhart Pannenberg, “Redemptive Event and History,” in Basic Questions in Theology, trans. G. Kehm (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1970), 1:78. 22. Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jesus—God and Man, trans. L. L. Wilkins and D. A. Priebe (London: SCM, 1968), 27–28. 40 De Fide self-evident or incorrigible are properly basic. For example, the proposition “The sum of the squares of the two sides of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse” is self-evidently true.

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