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On Guard

by William Lane Craig, David C. Cook Publishing, © 2010,
$18.99 paperback, 286 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1434764881
Also available in Audio Book, Kindle, and Audio CD.
A Study Guide and a Presenter's Edition are available.
The Presenter's Edition is designed for use in Sunday school,
youth group, or small group study.

The book cover

This book is a training manual for those who wish to defend their faith with reason and precision. William Lane Craig is a Research Professor of Philosophy at the Talbot School of Theology and is probably the top apologist for Christianity in the world today. He holds several degrees in philosophy and is an accomplished debater. If you buy one book dealing with the logical philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the credibility of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, this is the one you should buy.

The book begins with a foreword by Lee Strobel explaining why such a book is needed followed by a short history of the start of Craig's education. The continuing of his evolution of faith comes in later chapters. One of the great strengths of Craig's writings is that he knows the arguments of leading atheists and skeptics and accurately states them and answers them. He discusses the question of why anything exists and the evidence that the universe had a beginning. Craig quotes experts in cosmology and answers objections.

The book carefully discusses whether God is necessary for objective morality to exist. Craig also presents a philosophical viewpoint on the question of human suffering. The last part of the book deals with the credibility of Christ, exploring the historical proof that Christ existed, who Jesus was, and whether he rose from the dead. Dr. Craig presents logical responses to the claims of skeptics and exhaustive documentation of leading philosophers and theologians. The book ends with the question of whether Jesus is the only way to God.

Craig has a kind, generous, open, sensitive, and careful treatment of the issues surrounding the proofs of the validity of Christianity. In addition, he answers the claims of those who oppose Christianity, making this book one that should be in everyone's library. We recommend it very highly.