This is not the kind of book on apologetics I was expecting. I was expecting, based on the promotion of the book, answers to questions non-Christians ask.
that is not the case. Many, if not most, of the questions included
here are from Christians. Many questions refer to arguments Craig has
made, either in print (books or articles), debates, or something like
that. Many of the questions originate from a misunderstanding of
something previously published by Craig. Many of the answers given
clarify and defend the soundness of arguments found elsewhere in
Craig's works. Some of the questions asked are two pages long, one is
nearly three pages long (138-141) and another four (242-246), so
these are not simple questions. Some of Craig's answers are seven or
eight pages long so, again, not simple issues.
order to appreciate this book, the reader must be familiar with
apologetic methods, the rules of logic, the arguments of Plantinga
(such as his theory of religious knowledge), positivism, metaphysical
necessity, different theories of ethics, and so on.
is a book for people who do apologetics, study apologetics, write
about apologetics, compare apologetic methods, and want to understand
the nuances of apologetics. It is for people who want to understand
how Craig answers questions and his use of logic. It is not a book
for the average layman who wants to know how to talk across the fence
to the unsaved neighbor next door.
being said, there are some questions that would be beneficial for the
general layman, such as the question dealing with how we can know the
gospels are reliable. (99) Another concerns the extra-biblical
sources support Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. (110) The best
way to approach the book is to skim the questions and stop at ones
that are of particular interest.
questions are divided into six sections: questions about knowing and
believing what is real, about God, about origins and meaning of life,
about afterlife and evil, about Jesus and being His disciple, and
about issues of Christian practice. In the introductory comments to
each section is a list of resources divided into beginner,
intermediate, and advanced levels. There is also an Appendix at the
end with helps for using the book in a small group setting.
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