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Contending with Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors
Paul Copan (Editor), William Lane Craig (Editor)

Contending with Christianity’s Critics, book two in a series on modern Christian apologetics, is a masterful collection of answers for atheists’ arguments against the Christian faith, with special attention given toward assertions of New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. The collection of thoughtful essays and analysis, now available at Amazon and other book stores, is a fitting companion to the popular Passionate Conviction which was published in 2007. This second installment, featuring writings from eighteen respected apologists such as Gary Habermas and Ben Witherington, addresses challenges from noted New Atheists like Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and other contemporary critics of Christianity concerning belief in God, the historical Jesus, and Christianity’s doctrinal coherence.

Each contributor is a respected scholar who has studied these issues with care, making the book a valuable resource for the pastor or professor. However, the essays are presented in approachable language so that serious-minded lay people, university and high school students may also benefit from its contents. If you are looking to find a single collection of the best answers for atheists’ assertions, Contending with Christianity’s Critics is a must-read.

Table of Contents:

Preface vii

PART 1 THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Chapter 1 Dawkins's Delusion
William Lane Craig
2
Chapter 2 At Home in the Multiverse?
James Daniel Sinclair
6
Chapter 3 Confronting Naturalism: The Argument from Reason
Victor Reppert
26
Chapter 4 Belief in God: A Trick of Our Brain?
Michael J. Murray
47
Chapter 5 The Moral Poverty of Evolutionary Naturalism
Mark D. Linville
58
Chapter 6 Dawkins's Best Argument Against God's Existence
Gregory E. Ganssle
74

PART 2 THE JESUS OF HISTORY
Chapter 7 Criteria for the Gospels' Authenticity
Robert H. Stein
88
Chapter 8 Jesus the Seer
Ben Witherington III
104
Chapter 9 The Resurrection of Jesus Time Line
Gary R. Habermas
113
Chapter 10 How Scholars Fabricate Jesus
Craig A. Evans
126
Chapter 11 How Badly Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the New Testament? An Examination of Bart Ehrman's Claims
Daniel B. Wallace
148
Chapter 12 Who Did Jesus Think He Was?
Michael J. Wilkins
167

PART 3 THE COHERENCE OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
Chapter 13 The Coherence of Theism
Charles Taliaferro and Elsa J. Marty
184
Chapter 14 Is the Trinity a Logical Blunder? God as Three and One
Paul Copan
205
Chapter 15 Did God Become a Jew? A Defense of the Incarnation
Paul Copan
218
Chapter 16 Dostoyevsky, Woody Allen, and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution
Steve L. Porter
233
Chapter 17 Hell: Getting What's Good My Own Way
Stewart Goetz
249
Chapter 18 What Does God Know? The Problems of Open Theism
David P. Hunt
265

Contributors

283
Author Index 287
Scripture Index 290

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has authored or edited more than thirty books and many articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology.

Paul Copan is a professor and the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Marquette University.

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