The aggressive assault on religion, and particularly Christianity, by the "New Atheism" has reached through the airways, and across the web. Writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have been as aggressive as they have been virulent against religion. But can their objections and arguments be answered? That is the purpose of the multi-faceted book of essays, God is Good, God is Great: Why Believing in God is reasonable and Responsible written by leading scholars in cosmology, astrophysics, biology, theology, and philosophy including Alister McGrath, Scot McKnight, Gary Habermas, John Polkinghorne, J.P. Moreland, William Lane Craig, and Michael Behe, this book answers to the tough questions and engages the difficult answers.
2011 Outreach Magazine Book Award winner! 2010 Christianity Today
Book Award winner! The days have passed when the goodness of God--indeed, the reality of God itself--could reasonably be called a consensus opinion. God's reputation has come under considerable review in recent days, with some going so far as to say that it's not we who've made a mess of things. Instead whatever it is we call God is to blame. But is such an opinion really a fair assessment? In this magisterial collection, the contemporary complaints against belief in God are addressed with intellectual passion and rigor by some of the most astute theological and philosophical minds of the day:
- J. P. Moreland
- Paul Moser
- John Polkinghorne
- Michael Behe
- Michael J. Murray
- Alister McGrath
- Paul Copan
- Jerry Walls
- Charles Taliaferro
- Scot McKnight
- Gary Habermas
- Mark Mittelberg
- Chad Meister
- William Lane Craig
Including an interview by Gary Habermas with noted convert to theism Antony Flew, and a direct critical response to Richard Dawkins's God Delusion
by Alvin Plantinga, God Is Great, God Is Good
offers convincing and compelling reassurance that though the world has changed, God has not.
William Lane Craig (PhD, philosophy, University of Birmingham; ThD, systematic theology, University of Munich) is Research Professor of Philosophy at T albot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Craig has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as and He has written or cowritten more than twenty books, including and
Chad Meister (Ph.D., Marquette University) is professor of philosophy at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including and .
"There is no way, apart from deep and abiding spiritual blindness, that an atheist could read this book and walk away thinking belief in God is nonsensical, irrational, or unscientific."
"This book has plenty of food for thought for believing Christians (and unbelievers!) who need a reason to believe in Jesus Christ and the Church."
"The essays in this book are all clearly argued, and will reassure the already faithful that they are neither daft nor deluded."
It is reassuring that so gifted a pair of astute minds has taken time to respond to such works as Richard Dawkin's The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchen's God is not Great.
"Craig and Meister bring together cutting-edge essays that attest powerfully to the massive and growing evidence in favor of theism in general and Christianity in particular. Each essay responds to the charges made by the New Atheists, but this is by no means a polemical book. The writeres set a high bar for reasonable, responsible discourse, and they live up to it."
"Craig and Meister have assembled careful, thoughtful, credible, well-communicated views, which can be used to support, expand and individualize curriculum. These essays challenge and argue the New Atheists."
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