May 30, 2010

On Guard by William Lane Craig

We are currently experiencing a renaissance of interest in Christian apologetics. due to the virulent attacks of the New Atheists, the Internet Infidels, and all manner of Biblical Bashers, along with a rising anti-evangelical bias in the media, evangelical Christians are demanding training in how to defend their Christian faith. There is a need for a well-rounded training manual that provides the "how-tos" of defending the Christian worldview. William Lane Craig's new book, On Guard, intends to be that manual.

A highly accessible, visual,and concise book loaded with helpful figures and interesting sidebars, On Guard is a one-stop guidebook to learn how to defend your faith. Combining the four core arguments for God's existence with a case for the historicity of Jesus, this readable book also addresses difficult issues such as the problems of suffering and religious relativism. Writing in a highly personable way, Dr. Craig relates his own winding path to faith and tells the story of how God saved him and equipped him to become one of the worlds' leading Christian apologists.

On Guard simplifies Dr. Craig's vast work in apologetics yet is not simplistic. It provides easy to memorize arguments for God's existence and the resurrection of Jesus, along with answers to the objections that one will likely encounter in sharing these arguments with others.


William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. With earned doctorates in philosophy and theology, he has established a reputation as one of the most prominent Christian philosophers of our day. His publications, debates, and internet presence have made him a highly visible champion of the Christian faith. His seminary textbook, Reasonable Faith, is widely considered to be the best book on Christian apologetics today. God is Good, God is Great: Why Believing God is Reasonable and Responsible (IVP), edited by Craig and Chad Meister, was chosen as Christianity Today's Book of the Year in the Apologetics/Evangelism category.


I always look for opportunities to defend my faith in God and to fulfill the mandate "to preach the Gospel to unbelievers". This book by Dr. William L. Craig has given me some awesome arguments to do so at opportune times.

I truly enjoyed how the author debunks any false myths that evolutionists have created over so many decades. The author with his logic and his deep understanding of philosophical arguments makes any evolution argument look totally ridiculous.

There is one very powerful statement in "On Guard" that the author borrowed from the movie "The Sound of Music" where Julie Andrews sings the song "Nothing comes from Nothing". This brings home the whole theme of the arguments for a Creator.

I agree with some other reviews that this book reads more like a textbook than an entertaining read. However, if you are sitting on the fence on the creation versus evolution debate, this book will make you fall off on the right side.

The chapter topics cover a wide range including:
  1. What is Apologetics?
  2. What Difference Does It Make if God Exists?
  3. Why Does Anything At All Exist?
  4. Why Did the Universe Begin?
  5. Why Is the Universe Fine-Tuned for Life?
  6. Can We Be Good Without God?
  7. What About Suffering?
  8. Who Was Jesus?
  9. Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?
  10. Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

This book challenges the reader to open their mind to many philosophical teachings, and it will strengthen the faith of believers as they see the logic and the truth of God. It is definitely a book worthy of reading, digesting, and sharing with others. This book will become a permanent resource manual in our personal library, and I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to defend their faith with reason and precision.

Note: This book was reviewed by my husband Dick.

Thank you to The B&B Media Group for providing a copy of this book for review purposes.

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook Publishing; 1 edition (February 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434764885
ISBN-13: 978-1434764881

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