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Moody Publishing A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible

Followers of Jesus need not fear hard questions or objections against Christian belief. In A Reasonable Response, renowned Christian philosopher and apologist William Lane Craig offers dozens of examples of how some of the most common challenges to Christian thought can be addressed, including:
  • Why does God allow evil?
  • How can I be sure God exists?
  • Why should I believe that the Bible is trustworthy?
  • How does modern science relate to the Christian worldview?
  • What evidence do we have that Jesus rose from the dead?
Utilizing real questions submitted to his popular website ReasonableFaith.org, Dr. Craig models well-reasoned, skillful, and biblically informed interaction with his inquirers. A Reasonable Response goes beyond merely talking about apologetics to showing it in action. With cowriter Joseph E. Gorra, this book also offers advice about envisioning and practicing the ministry of answering people's questions through the local church, workplace, and in online environments.

Whether you're struggling to respond to tough objections or looking for answers to your own intellectual questions, A Reasonable Response will equip you with sound reasoning and biblical truth.
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Good resource for those with tough questions

Date:March 4, 2014
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If you have tough questions related to Christianity, then this is the book for you. It is a fun read and tackles real questions from real people on a broad spectrum of topics.
Several positive features caught my attention while I was reading through the book. First, Dr. William Lane Craig offers clear thinking on complex issues. Even though Dr. Craig has multiple PhDs, he is able to communicate in a way that his readers can understand. Second, as mentioned before, the book is full of real questions from real people. As you read each question you get a chance to sense and feel what the asker is struggling with and see how Dr. Craig responds. Third, this book contains concise questions that can be easily consumed in a single brief sitting, making it ideal for someone with a busy schedule. You could easily read one question a day or skim through the book to find the questions and answers that are relevant to your situation. Finally, the book has great footnotes and could be used as a spring board for further reading.
On the flip side, there were two things that I thought were possible negatives. First, I found the introduction long, repetitive, and boring. Although the introduction provided good information, it wasn’t until I got to part one of the book that I really started to enjoy myself. Second, although Dr. Craig does a good job of making complex issues digestible for the average reader, there were several questions and answers that I thought were so esoteric that only someone with a background in philosophy could understand them. I worry that some of Dr. Craig’s responses might leave the average reader with more questions than answers.
Despite these short comings, I thought this was a great book! Anyone looking for clear answers to tough questions related to Christianity should pick up a copy. They won’t regret it!
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Useful bookwith information as well as application

Date:January 31, 2014
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Until I read “A Reasonable Response”, I had not read a book that focused so much on the “ministry” aspect of answering questions. As apologists, we have to constantly humble ourselves to the fact that true wisdom comes from God; working such a vast array of multidisciplinary knowledge, we can forget about the pastoral aspects of answering people’s questions. Actively listening to the questioner and listening for clues that give you perspective on where the person is coming from is a ministry! Often times the root of a question stems from something emotive or non-intellectual—or even just a simple failure to define the terms upfront, so one has to know enough about the questioner to really get at the essence of what’s being asked…Gorra does an excellent job making the case for the importance of questions, the pastoral aspects, and gives concrete advice on how deal with questions.
Bill Craig’s responses to questions follow, divided into six key areas: believing and knowing, existence of God, origins/meaning of life, destiny of man, the person of Jesus and finally, the Christian life. The Q & A covers a range and depth of topics within each area. A nice feature is how a particular “insight” point is printed in bold letters, interrupting at a place in the question where Bill is advising on how to understand more where the questioner is coming from, or how to make sure the person is being fully understood and ministered to effectively. I will say right away that I do disagree with Craig on some points of his theology and I am not entirely on board with points he makes regarding evolution, but his apologetic style incorporates a great deal of natural theology, which is completely sensible and relevant in our increasingly biblically illiterate culture. Bill is an excellent apologist covering some of the toughest topics out there, and we need all types of apologetic styles doing the work of the Kingdom.
No matter what your apologetic style, you have to be a able to answer questions in an intelligent and caring way, and ask the right questions to get to know the questioner. Gorra has some excellent advice in the Appendices—on how to engage in good civil discourse, suggestions for apologetics ministries in churches and “third places” such as coffee shops and cafes, etc. This is a wonderful small group study book for both seekers and Christians. This book not only focuses on information, but application—making it extremely relevant and highly useful.
I received this book from the publisher as a review copy.
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Review 3 for A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible
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Great book for anyone interested in apologetics

Date:January 29, 2014
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A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity and the Bible, by William Lane Craig and Joseph E. Gore, is a wonderful resource for those interested in apologetics, or those seeking answers to questions on topics such as knowing and believing what is real, questions about God, origins and the meaning of life, the afterlife and evil, Jesus Christ and being his disciple, and issues of Christian practice. The book uses a question and answer format. It is well organized topically making it possible to read the book in a piecemeal fashion if desired. Joseph Gorra’s introductory remarks and insights, that appear in many of the responses, help you understand both the claims and their appeal when addressing inquirers who want to understand issues of theology, philosophy, and apologetics. For those wishing further study there are two recommended resource lists, at the end of each introduction, which are designed to encourage further study. One list includes Dr. Craig’s own work on a theme, the second includes the relevant works of other authors. Each of the recommended lists categorizes resources as either beginner, intermediate or advanced. The opportunity to gain direction on further study, in a theme of your interest, is one of the benefits of this book.
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More than just a "best-of" Reasonable Faith Q&A

Date:December 29, 2013
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None of us may ever be as smart as William Lane Craig. We may never travel the world giving lectures and participating in debates. But we all will be asked questions about our beliefs and must be able to answer them reasonably. And that is the purpose of this book: answering questions.
But it is so much more than that. In the Introduction and Conclusion, Joseph Gorra discusses why questions are so important and lays the framework for why such a book as this one is necessary. Otherwise, it would be just a "best-of" collection of the questions Craig has received and posted on his website, ReasonableFaith.org.
The true point of the book is to teach us not just WHAT to respond but HOW to respond to questions. Each question contains a brief "Insight" section that gives a behind-the-scenes look into Craig's thought process as he formed his response. We are not just responding to a question; we are responding to a person. Craig and Gorra do not want us to treat answering questions like an intellectual sparring match but to view it as a ministry and spiritual discipline.
So the importance of this book is so much more than just the answers it provides. Its true purpose is to teach us how to respond to seekers and skeptics with truth and grace.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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Recommended

Date:December 27, 2013
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Once again William Lane Craig has published a helpful resource to answer difficult questions challenging the Christian faith. As a high school teacher, I highly recommend this book for those students who have serious inquiries regarding the Christian faith. Additionally I would commend this book for high school graduates heading off to universities. "A Reasonable Response" is a valuable tool for older teens and young adults wrestling with questions on their faith journey.
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Informative, easy to follow apologetic help

Date:February 6, 2014
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This is a great resource for people everywhere who are passionate about defending the Christian faith or to those who are seeking to understand more evidence for why Christians believe what they believe. William Lane Craig and Joseph Gorra utilize a question/answer based system in order to provide quick resources for tough questions about Christianity. It is a perfect format for people so they can quickly find answers for various questions and objections that arise in their faith. The book is succinctly divided into several sections, which include:
Part One: Knowing and Believing What is Real.
Part Two: God's Attributes
Part Three: Origins and the Meaning of Life
Part Four: Afterlife and Problem of Evil
Part Five: Jesus Christ and Being His Disciple
Part Six: Issues of Christian Practice
Overall, this is a great read, provides a lot of useful information on tough questions, and is great for encouraging Christians in their beliefs and providing strong evidence for God's existence.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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Review 7 for A Reasonable Response: Answers to Tough Questions on God, Christianity, and the Bible
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A valuable tool for active apologists

Date:December 18, 2013
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“A Reasonable Response” is a very intriguing, insightful, and instructional book on apologetics. Those who are already familiar with Dr. Craig’s work—and especially his ministry website—may have already encountered some of these topics and Dr. Craig’s responses to them, but this book is not meant to simply give you Dr. Craig’s answers to the questions presented—it is also designed to teach you how he answers questions, which is perhaps the most useful aspect of the book. In some of Dr. Craig’s responses, a highlighted box can be found that pulls back the curtain on Dr. Craig’s strategy for answering that particular question. That feature alone makes this a valuable book, even if one is already familiar with the answers that Dr. Craig offers.
The book is in a similar format to Lee Strobel’s “Case for…” series in that it is organized around specific questions and answers. The content of “Response” tends to be on a higher philosophical plane than the “Case for…” books, and thus it will likely appeal to a slightly different audience. Anyone who is brand new to the study of apologetics may find this book to be tough sledding in some places, particularly since the questioners may refer to arguments made by others without any further explanation of those arguments. Those who are more familiar with the subject, however, will find this book to be a very welcome and valuable addition to their library.
Though the subject matter is challenging, the book itself is very user-friendly. A long introductory section discusses such matters as the usefulness of questions in spiritual growth and practical matters regarding how to derive the most benefit from the book. Each major division in the book contains its own brief introduction that functions like an abstract in a scholarly paper—it allows you to get the gist of what you’re about to read before you read it.
The book covers a wide range of philosophical and theological topics, all of which Dr. Craig is well-equipped to address. But lest one think that the discussions are all theoretical with little practical application, the book also includes questions on such imminently practical concerns as protecting oneself from spiritual failure, facing rejection as a follower of Christ, preparing for marriage, and maintaining physical stamina (Dr. Craig writes from personal experience as one who suffers from a chronic disease which affects his muscles). Those who are interested in questions about God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility will be particularly interested in the questions addressing Molinism and its concept of middle knowledge.
All in all, this book is a valuable resource for those who are actively engaged in Christian apologetics or those who are seeking philosophically rigorous answers to intellectual doubts about Christianity. Whether one agrees with Dr. Craig’s answers or not, he will leave an impression with you like that of C. S. Lewis—“he makes you sure, whatever you believe, that religion accepted or rejected means something extremely serious, demanding the entire energy of mind (Harper’s, quoted on the cover of “The Problem of Pain,” HarperCollins edition 2001.)
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.
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most questions on nuances of apologetics

Date:August 28, 2013
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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.
But 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.
In 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.
This 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.
That 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.
The 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.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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