A Reasonable Response by William Lane Craig

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A Reasonable Response is an apologetic book written by William Lane Craig. Craig is a professor at Talbot School of Theology in La Miranda, California. He is also a prolific author and a well-known apologist who has participated in numerous live debates (see his website for a sample of these debates: http://www.reasonablefaith.org). The book attempts to answer some of the questions and challenges pointed towards Christianity.

The book is broken down into six sections. Each section contains multiple topics related to the main theme. The major sections are as follows:

Part 1: Questions on Knowing and Believing What is Real

Part 2: Questions about God

Part 3: Questions about Origins and the Meaning of Life

Part 4: Questions about the Afterlife and Evil

Part 5: Questions about Jesus Christ and Being His Disciple

Part 6: Questions about Issues of Christian Practice

Each chapter contained a question written to Dr. Craig and his response to the question, which kept the book interesting. It almost read like a dialogue. The answers were generally solid without being tedious, and the book will certainly benefit Christians who are interested in engaging unbelievers with spiritual conversations.

I don’t really have anything negative to say about the book. The format of the book (letter and response) is interesting and keeps the it from seeming overly technical. The content of the book is generally solid. Lane set out to address common questions and objections concerning Christianity, and he did this. While not every will agree with his views or accept his answers, he provided what most Christians would consider “a reasonable response” to many objections to Christianity. I would certainly recommend this book to those interested in apologetics and those wrestling with certain aspects of Christianity.

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