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On Guard, Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig

Link for the book @ the publisher David C. Cook:
http://www.davidccook.com/catalog/Detail.cfm?sn=106508&source=search

Link for the book @ CBD:
http://www.christianbook.com/guard-defending-faith-with-reason-precision/william-craig/9781434764881/pd/764881?item_code=WW&netp_id=645361&event=ESRCN&view=details

Published by David C. Cook  B&B Media Group in 2010, 288 pages



How do you feel when you are questioned about your belief in Jesus?
Have you ever been in a discussion with an atheist about why you believe in Jesus, the creation, the Bible?
Scripture tells us in 1 Peter 3:15-16
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."

William Lane Craig has written "a must read book by every Christian"!
We must train ourselves to not hide from answering the question "why do you believe in Jesus?"
Scripture has told us to not be timid!
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
and
"That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day." 2 Timothy 1:12

What does the word apologetics mean?
The author William Lane Craig answers, "Apologetics is the study of the defense of our faith and Scriptures."

He takes us on a thoroughly complete tour of how to answer an atheist. He gives diagrams as a means for us to follow. He gives many examples from his own conversations with atheists, most of these were on a stage and before a large audience. He is unafraid, calm, confident of what he believes. He teaches us to not become provoked, but to answer in gentleness and respect. Many people in the world have false assumptions about Christians and they are already guarded. Arguing is unnecessary, he writes "we can present a clear case of our belief, without becoming confrontational and argumentative". This is a book that you do not read through in order to finish, it is a book that you read and ponder and study. There are ten chapters beginning with chapter one "what is apologetics?" The next several chapters are points that most atheists give such as, "what about suffering?" and "is Jesus the only way to God?"
My favorite quote from page 35,
"In a world without God, who's to say whose values are right and whose are wrong? There can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative...For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist-there is only the bare, valueless fact of existence, and there is not one to say you are right and I am wrong."
There was only one area in the book that I all of a sudden felt like a kindergärtner on the first day of school, and that was in chapters three, four and five when the writer talked about scientific theories on the universe. I read each of these chapters, but felt foolish. I considered it a challenge though and marched through!

The author has a website @
http://www.reasonablefaith.org/site/PageServer


This book was provided for free to me from David C. Cook for the purpose of reading/reviewing.
Blissful Reading!
Annette

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