Comments on the impact of Dr. William Lane Craig's work and the resources at ReasonableFaith.org
Dr. Craig and Reasonable Faith team,
I am a volunteer chat agent for Need Him, which operates chataboutjesus.com as an evangelistic website. Today I had a chat where I was able to put into use the Kalam argument (the best I understand it, I'm sure I made mistakes) to the person I spoke with. I am attaching a PDF of that transcript in hopes of blessing you, and thank you for giving me a tool to get past the intellectual objections to the gospel.
Hi there: I am a big fan of Dr. Craig's which has brought me from being a sort of agnostic deist to a confident Christian. So much so that I have taken on a theology university course. I am presently doing some work on Paul's letter to the Galatians and wondered if you could tell me if Dr. Craig has done any audio stuff on this in the defenders class? I cant see anything referring to this at present.Thanks for your time...
I just wanted to send a note of personal thanks to you for all the work and effort you have put in these many years using science and history to validate it being reasonable to have faith in God. You first impacted my own life when I read “the Case for Christ” (long before it was as popular as it has become). Even though I questioned parts of the book, I can still remember how powerful your words were.
And years later when I began my own study of what the secular arguments were “for” and “against” God – I was delighted to find your debates on YouTube! Admittedly, I had to do a lot of rewinding, look up definitions, and source-checking before I grasped the details – but wow, I cannot even begin to describe the courage you have given me to speak to the historical and scientific evidence about Jesus.
Now, I would like you to know that you are being used (well, your arguments anyway) in my teenage Sunday school classes. My students love the fact that you don’t back down from the tough arguments posed by secular/atheistic views and offer scientific evidence through logical deduction. These teens love being taught college-age material. Their confidence soars when they “get it”. They come in to class eager to talk about what they are reading school – everything from the big bang and evolution to morals and history. Their teachers range from intrigued to argumentative when their kids come back in armed with “outside” scientific evidence; complete with reputable sources! It has sparked some great conversations and interest from parents as well.
I am hoping to attend one of your live speaking engagements in the near future. After all, YouTube only goes so far! ☺ I’m going on vacation with my daughters in July (road trip from Wisconsin to Florida) and we are seriously considering detouring over to Ohio just to see you at Xenos. And please, if you are ever in the Midwest again, consider spending some time in Wisconsin!
Good job, thank-you, take care, and “keep on keeping-on”.
My name is Jahir and I am from Panama (the country) but live in the U.S. I cannot thank you enough for you ministry and the great growth it has provided me in my Christian Life. Keep the good work Doc!! Now as a Christian I take the bible to be authoritative and very important when talking about philosophical matters.
Hello! I am a graduate student studying history at Ohio University. I have been a Christian since I was very young but recently felt the Lord leading me to study apologetics in depth. I have been studying your arguments for a few months now. Cosmology was largely new to me, but I have found your arguments of the highest intellectual order. I thank you very much for this, but this is not the main reason I am writing.
I recently hurt my back severely and had been bed-ridden for a couple weeks. I went in for an MRI a couple days ago and ended up having emergency surgery that evening. I was at risk of paralysis if I did not have it done. I broke down after hearing the news. But then I remembered the story of the Apollo 8 astronauts that could only quote Genesis 1 after seeing the glory of the earth rising over the horizon of the moon. And as i pictured the earth rising, i felt the hand of the Lord coming over me as well. I felt a peace and assurance like never before and realized that everything was going to be ok. My surgery went perfectly and I am supposed to make a full recovery. I would like to thank you for showing me how wonderful God's creation really is. You helped me truly appreciate God's power and love, and this gave me assurance when I needed it most.
I wanted to let you know that you are always in my prayers. I thank the Lord for the work He is doing through you. You truly have the hand of God on you. No one could do the wonderful work you are doing without it. Thank you again for helping me through the hardest time of my life. God bless you!
Dear Dr. Craig
I am currently 19 years old. I grew up in South England, but moved to the United States almost three years ago. This year, I became a Christian. Having grown up in an atheistic household in a largely atheistic society, I had a genuine and at times rabid disbelief in God, although I often had doubts. My parents are not very happy with my conversion, as the Christian ideals of objective morality contradict their very subjective morality, influenced by secularism and relativism. I converted to Christianity of my own accord. Nobody recruited me. I was never approached. I came to the conclusion through a love of traditions and original Western culture. This of course, all eventually leads us back to the person of Jesus Christ.
I would like to thank you, because your debates, which I watch whenever I can, were part of the reason I converted. It not only felt right in my heart, but it was logical as you laid it out. I believe you are one of the most underrated philosophers today, and if there was justice in academia, you would go down with Socrates and others. I just wanted to let you know, you helped to change a life. I was miserable as an atheist. I am whole as a Christian. I am waiting a few years to affiliate myself with a sect, but I am a true believer. You also set an example to all debaters, as your respect even in the face of sneers, is admirable.
Jesus opened my heart, Dr. Craig. But you opened my mind, so that I could recognize Him. Never stop shining the light of truth. Godspeed. I'll see you in the next life if not in this one.
Dear Dr. Craig:
I don't know if you personally will ever get to read this email but on the outside chance you might, I want to thank you so much for your thoughtful and well articulated defense of the faith. You have helped me in my personal walk so much and have touched me so deeply with your rational and reasonable explanations of that which I have always before held in faith – not always understanding why.
I have been a Christian it seems all my life. I'm 54 now and struggled with doubts. I wondered about the hurt in the world that God didn't fix. I wondered why God wouldn't talk back to me (like I'm that important). I longed for and prayed hard for Jesus return or some other small evidence that God was still alive and still caring about us. I told myself it was okay to doubt just don't give up, but in the back of my mind, the doubts nagged and I could find no answer. Then one day, preparing for a Sunday School class, I stumbled across your site. I started reading your answers to questions and watched a video of your debates and my heart soared and my mind found the boost it needed. I was understanding God in a new way and I eagerly shared with my wife and my Sunday School class and fellow Christians because things were making sense! I'm rambling and not explaining myself very well but suffice it to say, you have done so much strengthen me and help my limping faith along. Thank you. I am sure you come under attack and criticism everyday and maybe even wonder if it is all worth it – it is Dr. Craig! You've helped this poor sinner, you've been a blessing to me and I know you are touching others. Thank you.
Forgive my hubris but if you would, please add me to your prayer list and I in return will pray for you.
Thank you again for serving Him as He uses you to serve others.
I think you should know, Dr. Craig, that your work has greatly influenced me. I first found out about you on YouTube, and then purchased your book, "On Guard." Your effort has strengthened my faith and understanding of God and Christianity. I also now have a stronger passion and desire to serve and change the world. Please continue doing what you do. May God bless you!
I just wanted to email you to thank you for all the work you do.
I live in London, England and was brought up in a Christian home. Growing up, some of my closest friends were not Christians. I used to try and talk to them about Christianity but after a while I lost confidence as I always seemed to 'lose' any debate I would have with them about God's existence. A few years ago the Christian Union at the University of Nottingham, where I used to study, brought to my attention a talk you did entitled 'Who was Jesus of Nazareth?'. I found this talk amazing as it very effectively highlighted that believing in the God of the Bible was not irrational and in fact quite reasonable.
I have recently become unemployed and I have used my extra time to look into these things further. I have watched a number of your debates and lectures along with talks by others such as Lee Strobel and John Lennox and these have all strengthened my faith greatly and given me a renewed love and passion for Jesus along with a desire to live for him. I have also recently started my own blog where I talk about these issues and I really hope that doing this will lead to the recommencement of discussions with my non-Christian friends about who Jesus is.
So thank you, Dr Craig and everyone who supports you for allowing yourself to be used by God to strengthen my faith and increase my love and desire to live for Jesus. I now pray that my unbelieving friends will also see how belief in the God of the Bible can be backed up with reasonable and logical arguments and that most of all He will soften their hearts and allow them to know his love and grace for themselves.
I went through a low point in my faith where seemingly without reason, I was drawn into listening to the top attacks against the Faith from the top Atheists around the world. Listening to them really started to take a told that I believe, were it not for the Lord's strength, would have completely put down my Faith and left me clinging by my fingernails.
Eventually, well into this "search" of sorts, I found your material. I watched debates, I subscribed to the old youtube channel and I began to learn something that turned the tides of the war on my own personal front: Christianity is reasonable and Christians can rise to these challenges not only with answers in defense, but with questions and answers of our own that put us on the offensive.
I once viewed the Atheist assault on the Faith like a giant front plowing through and over those who would claim the Faith, but now I see it's much to the contrary. Now I understand why the Atheist assault is so loud and insulting, full of much boasting and pride. It's not more than how a cat will puff up its fur to appear larger and scarier (if that's possible?) than it is. In the end when you soak it down, it's just a three pound pussy. God bless you in all you do, may the days of your life be long and full of health as you not only carry your cross, but hoist it high in triumph for all others in the Faith to see and follow as you follow Christ.
I was a muslim since 2006, first two years i ascribed myself to Ahlul Sunnah wal djama'ah, and then i was introduced to dawatus as salafiyah (islam as understood by the salaf us saliheen). It was in 2008 i came across Answering-islam. I was curious and really wondered what on earth made these christians belive they can refute islam. A few weeks passed by, i randomly read some of the materials on the website, and of course i couldn't stand it anymore, and it really disturbed me. A few more weeks passed by and "relief" came to me when i found out about Answering-Christianity and their polemical responses to the authors of your website. In a short time, there was not a single muslim apologist left that i didn't know of. But after three years of back and forth reading the articles and rebuttals of each site, i gradually saw the flaw in the muslim attacks on the deity of Jesus ( at one point i even stopped watchingg Zakir Naik and his mentor Ahmed deedat, reading about the trinity myself on some christian websites, even as a muslim i began to see that their argument was very simplistic and unscholarly, and from then on i only limited myself to Shabir Ally, Bassam Zawadi and the Islamic Awareness). I was not convinced by their effort to defend Muhammed against the charges against him. Thanks to brother David and John Gilchrist, the "Muhammed in the bible" argument evaporated. Like Farhan Qureishi, what bothered me most was the incident of Abdallah ibn abi Sarh al-Amiri and his contribution to a few verses in surah 23.
Secondly as i also began reading on my own about Christian theology, i saw its superiority over islamic aqeedah. I found William lane craig's philosophical argument for the superiority of the trinitarian concept of God over a unitarian convincing aswell as his historical case for the ressurection of Jesus. I compared the islamic and christian concept of sin, the christian concept of the law and its function , salvation etc, and i began to realise the emptiness of muslim "spiritual" life when i read about the christian doctrine of sanctification. One verse i thought alot about was Paul's word in Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes". What does he mean when he uses the word "power" It means the gospel is effective because it carries with it the omipotence of God, i witnessed this when i visited some churches, got to know some of the people and read and heard testimonies from people who have received Christ as Lord and Saviour. Indeed the love they manifested and the quality of their spiritual life, i wondered why allah's love is no better than that of a gentile. I was more open now, and i read 1 corinthians 2:14: "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit." If i didn't have the spirit of God as a muslim, how could i know that i have correctly comprehended the christian faith and the bible in order to be able to refute it? Then in september 2011 i renounced islam and received Jesus as my Lord and saviour, trusting in him for the forgivness of my sins and deliverance from the curse of the law that was upon me due to my sins.
I am a Nigerian and I have recently been watching your debates on youtube.I just want to say that I appreciate you for your contributions to the defense of the faith and I thank God for empowering you. Many Christians may not see the relevance of what you do because many Christians have either lost sight of our priorities or never knew what they are in the first place. Yours is a ministry that far exceeds that of the modern day fleecing ministers behind the pulpit. To God be all the glory.
What I must say to you, sir, is be diligent not to limit your work and life to the intellectual defense of our faith. We share in Christ if we hold fast our confidence TILL THE END. I pray that God Himself will sanctify you wholly and that your spirit, soul and body will be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord with His saints. I long for the day when we will applaud (if heaven allows applause) as you receive your reward for diligent and reasonable presentation of the faith. Walk carefully that you may not lose what you worked for but that you may gain a full reward. May He who is able to keep us from falling present you without fault before the presence of His glory with rejoicing.
I have been reading up on God from both perspectives, atheist and dedicated believer. Both sides have stated ridiculous, unreasonable sources of proof for God's existence/none existence. This is truly the greatest site I have found for information with a largly factual basis that does not degrade other people's beliefs or perspectives. Reasonable Faith simply explains why faith is reasonable, and I thank you for it. Well Done.
Dear Dr. Craig!
First of all I'd like to thank you for your great multitude of works. What you have done, and still do with words is stunning, and your courageous head-on confrontation with atheism and secularism is a source of great hope and inspiration. Your apologetic works were also the main reason for my abandonment of atheism, and embracing of Christianity. In April last year at the Craig-Kappel debate here in Denmark I had the honour of meeting you personally. That single event more than anything inspired me to study Christianity and apologetics. I now attend a protestant Church weekly, and I frequently hold you and Reasonable Faith in my prayers. Thanks to your books I'm also able to defend my faith with reason and precision (what a wonderful book!) amongst my friends with great success, I just can't stress how much finding Christ has done to my life, and how thankful I am for it and for people like you, Dr. Craig.
Dr. Craig, last week I had the opportunity to read the first two books of the "What is God Like?" series to about 100 students in a Christian elementary school. They absolutely loved them! The teachers were blown away too because most of them never really thought about what it means to say, "God is Spirit," or that omnipresence means that God is aware of, and causally active at, all points in space. Thank you for taking these deep theological concepts, and making them accessible to people of all ages!
I am a former atheist. I was raised in the Christian faith and came to question my religion/faith, as most do, in adolescence. I asked questions to the church leaders, my parents, or anyone of apparent religious authority, and the answers I received were, “You’re too intelligent to have faith.”, “Your heart is not in the right place.” etc. etc. I left the Christian religion on the principles that someone who is religious must be ignorant to fact or the ability to prove an existence of God. . . . I came to studying science and the titans of atheism. Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, and so on. So at the behest of my mother, who is a very religious woman, I came to Christian Apologetics. I must admit that I was absolutely blown away. Not in that there were intelligent Christians, but in that they could argue science, logic, and reason with these personally-defined “titans of atheism”. I came across a few debates featuring John Lennox and you, and I have to say, logically speaking, God must exist. I would also submit that atheism is not logical by practice. My theory is this... Atheism operates on a presupposed position that God does not exist. So, as we discover the fine tunings and workings of the universe and life, God is ultimately removed from probable solution. This fundamentally is not logical. To predetermine that a certain answer cannot be a logical one is illogical at the very core. One must accept any and all possibilities if one is to think in logic and reason. (The fundamentals of scientific discovery.) Thank you for opening my eyes to the fact that there are many more logical reasons for believing in God than not, and for showing me that a person does not have to submit to irrationality and “blind faith” to believe in a supreme designer. I now know that I can follow the tenets of science while still believing that said tenets were designed and not improbably random, and chaotic. Again, I thank you and wish you the best.
Dear Prof. Dr. William Craig,
I have to start by thanking you for the energy, for the passion, for the work, for the good example to many weak Christians who seek answers. I have to tell you honestly, that my faith is stronger today because of you, i feel ashamed because i doubted some teachings of Lord Jesus for a small period of time...altough never i gave up my faith and hope. When i see you debating i thank Lord Jesus because i believe that God made you a fighter for His name.
My belief is that many Christians are to weak to keep their faith..and fall in the Foolishness Of "Human Wisdom". Reading your Q&A and your advice regarding Atheism madness, arogance and aggressivity while science has not refuted God and your deep advice for reading 1 Corinthians made me to cry to be honest. I praised the Lord because i found you Dr. Craig. You are a modern day saint in the name of our Saviour Lord Jesus and for that i thank you deeply.
Thank you and God Bless you Dr. Lane.
Dear Professor Craig,
I am an atheist and my heroes are scientists or scientifically-spirited people. I have watched many debates on the topic featuring people I respect: Profs. Dawkins, Atkins, Mr. Hitchens, among others. I have continually found pleasure in their battles against the religious side, for they have seemed reasonable. I say "seemed", because after hearing your argue against Prof. Flew, and then lots of other atheists, including Prof. Atkins recently during your tour, I cannot help but feel an enormous amount of respect for you not only as a great debater (and contrary to what some have said, a great sophist), but also as a clear thinker and an intellectually honest man. You even inspire me to study theology. This year I graduate (BA in philosophy) and because of you, there is one more discipline for me to try to study as a doctoral student. I have yet to learn the stuff to be able to check the soundness of your arguments, but their validity, clarity, and rigor have deeply moved me, an atheist, a person who is hoping that your arguments are wrong, but a person who nevertheless is extremely grateful to you for arguing where others appeal to emotion and intimidation. Should you ever change sides and decide to argue for the other side, I think you would have even greater success. But where you are you are much needed.
Thank you Professor Craig for your clarity, your rigor, and your patience with great minds but mean debaters like Prof. Atkins
p.s. Prof. Craig seems like a very busy man, so should he never read this message of a mere student I'll simply be happy that someone else knows how much I appreciate his presence in these debates.
Dear Dr. Craig,
I want to thank you for your writings. I was a Christian turned agnostic, and now that I have discovered modern apologetics, I have returned to Christ. Your easy to read and logically sound books have been an inspiration to me over the past few years, and I wanted to let you know that. Your books do not demean or attack, but instead provide a sound and rational conclusion to the proof of Christianity. Because of you and other modern apologists, I am entering seminary myself.
I noticed that you are from East Peoria. I myself am from Peoria, and I am an alumni from Woodruff High School and Bradley. I never thought much good came out of Peoria
Anyway, thank you for your time, and all that you do.
When I was in my late forties, about 13 years ago, I began looking into whether Christianity is real. I'd turned away from it as a teenager and had never reconsidered it through the lens of a mature mind. I was aware of there being New Testament scholars who question not only that Jesus said and demonstrated that he was God, but also that the earliest Christians believed that he was. The media coverage of that viewpoint and the seeming confidence with which its adherents disseminated it certainly made an impression on me. And at some of the churches I tried out, many of the congregants and even a good portion of the clergy had clearly been infected by it to one degree or another (and of course by the naturalism that underlies it and is so popular in our current intellectual culture). So when I began reading transcripts of William Lane Craig's debates with skeptical New Testament scholars, it was a tremendous eye-opener. They were the main reason for my persisting for 13 years in looking into Christianity. Dr. Craig's arguments for the historicity of the resurrection were particularly important to me. I was wanting to ascertain not only whether Jesus is the son of God, but also whether God even exists at all. If the resurrection really happened, I would have the answer to both questions. (It would also mean that none of the difficult issues such as why God allows evil to exist or what happens to people who never hear about Christ could prevent me from becoming a believer.) I found Dr. Craig's arguments in debates on the existence of God to be very strong, but it didn't matter very much to me whether there was a God unless he was a God who has communicated with us. I focused on the question of who Jesus was. Early last winter I realized that, finally, the intellectual issues I'd perceived as standing between me and becoming a believer had all been resolved in my mind -- primarily via Dr. Craig's work and N. T. Wright's. Their analyses of the New Testament in its historical and cultural contexts had made it clear to me that it is more reasonable to believe that the resurrection happened than that it didn't. For a few months, however, I was held back by an imaginary scenario that would play out in my head of becoming a Christian and then one day encountering a skeptical New Testament scholar on the train or wherever who would raise some argument that I couldn't counter and that I'd end up never finding an answer to. I felt that to be safe against such an occurrence I'd have to keep on studying and studying until I'd personally ascertained that no such argument existed. I quailed before such a task. I wasn't on a foolish quest for absolute "proof." I just wanted to be confident that Christian faith is (to borrow Dr. Craig's phrase) "reasonable faith" -- that there wasn't a clear refutation of its reasonableness that I hadn't happened to run into yet waiting for me around the corner. But I gradually came to a huge realization: It was enough that well-credentialed scholars like Craig and Wright have looked into all the evidence, have presented assessments of it that are convincing to a large sector of the scholarly community and to me, and have engaged many times with people such as my hypothetical skeptic on the train -- and more than held their own. (Plus, I've realized that the strength of their arguments even exceeds what is needed as a foundation for reasonable faith, providing a kind of extra margin of reasonableness. That's because even if the overall result of the debates had seemed to be a draw, that result would still have been 100% a green light intellectually for becoming a believer. The reason is that it makes sense that God would not provide humankind continually with a level of evidence of himself that's impossible for anyone to deny, but rather would allow us to feel drawn to him and choose him. He did provide overwhelming evidence once, in Jesus and his resurrection, and that news was passed on to us -- but we're free to come up with reasons to reject it.) On March 18, I yielded my life to Christ. Marked changes took place instantaneously both in my inner state and in behaviors of mine. They included changes that I had not anticipated or even imagined and that I therefore consider to be objective evidence of the reality of Christ. Not that I feel a need for confirmatory evidence: I can't even begin to doubt what the source is of the deep transformation of myself that occurred and is still occurring, or of the amazing, absolutely new-to-me peace and joy that came and are still with me. Dr. Craig's work was a crucial instrument in the clearing of the way for me to accept God's grace.
I would like to thank you for your apologetics ministry. If it wasn't for your ministry I would probably be an atheist. About 4 years ago I began to question my faith in Christianity. I began to come to the conclusion that God really did not exist until I stumbled upon you debating Christopher Hitchens on YouTube. I loved the debate and after that I began to research you a bit and spent HOURS!!!! watching videos of you and reading many articles on your website. I eventually came to the conclusion that God exists after studying out the evidence you presented. I have fallen in love with Christian apologetics since my rededication to Christ. I am now a Christian apologist in my youth group. I'm only 18 and next fall I plan on attending college to either major in history or philosophy. I would love to come study at Biola one day with you but I don't know if that's possible. I thank you for your obedience to Christ. He has truly used you as a tool to lead me back to Himself. I understand that you are very busy and won't be able to read this message but I just want you to know that you are truly a godsend. I wish you well for the rest of your life.
Previous to four weeks ago, I had a fair sense of why there is the presence of evil and suffering despite the world being created by an all powerful and loving God. I have worked in Mental Health for 7 years, and more recently I have been working with refugee's from Burma on the Thai-Burma border. The nightmarish horror and atrocities I have been privy to hear from deeply traumatized people are utterly intolerable. Due to the suffering of others I have felt urgency to understand the all important point of God and suffering since I started working in mental health. I have regularly searched the scriptures and Christian literature to help me make sense of this. I thought I had it all in the bag! Then four weeks ago my worldview completely crumbled in one foul swoop and Suddenly I could no longer make sense of anything and everything felt utterly pointless, despicable and hollow. Then four weeks ago a young woman from my neighborhood was abducted from a busy (read "safe") street while walking home, she was then raped and murdered by a seemingly ordinary guy who lived in the same neighborhood. I watched this macabre news story unfold on the internet from my home in Thailand. See the familiarity of my home, where this senseless atrocity unfolded, chilled me to the bone. After all the undeserved sadness I have witnessed, something in me broke. I cried for days. I cried for all my clients, current, future and past. I cried for that beautiful girl and her friends and family. I cried for the war in Burma, racial hatred, battered women, and sexually abused little children. I raged at God. I was so angry, devastated and completely overwhelmed. I told God he had some questions I needed him to answer. Finally, after several days, I felt assured that God was going to answer my angry, desperate questions. My prayer was answered last weekend when I discovered a podcast featuring Dr Craig discussing God and suffering. I still have some questions. But God has answered my prayer for revalation. Praise God! Without this I would not be able to do my work effectively and would end up on the 'previously a social worker' scrap heap.
First of all I want to say thanks to you and those you work with in doing God's work and reaching those that need Him.
My name is Doug. I am a newly married 29 year old man living and working in TX. I grew up in a religious family that attended church regularly and was very involved in the youth group while I was young. After I graduated and moved off to college doubts started to take root in my heart and slowly I grew less and less serious about my faith and my belief in God's existence. As years went by and life moved on these fears and doubts just festered away to the point that I could say that I believed in God but deep down was very much lying to myself. To me Christianity started to look like a dying crazy religion that people clung to despite that fact that science had pretty much proven all of it away. The further my feelings and emotions drifted away the crazier it looked to believe in a wacky story about a man who did miracles like a cartoon character and eventually died for our sins and raised from the dead. I claimed Christianity but was dying and hopelessly suffering inside. Also there are many in the atheist community that seemed to have gained this great arrogance and aggressiveness which resulted in me feeling that any attempt to believe in the idiocy of religion was just a convenient lie to get me through a terrible and depressing life. As spiritually beaten down as I was it was very easy to buy into. I also didn't want to research the truth about many claims because I was afraid that it would simply lead me to discover the lies of faith and the Bible which would destroy any sliver of faith I may have had left.
Fast forward to this past June. My wife and I finally got married after years of dating. It was wonderful and I was very excited. Deep down, however, I felt my foundation starting to shake and it terrified me. Up until this point in my life my doubts and decisions, at least in my mind, only really affected me. If I made a bad decision then I alone would suffer the consequences for it (that sounds silly to say now that I know better but at the time that's what I thought). This made dealing with my empty spiritual canteen unnecessary because I was only hurting myself and I was so hopeless and unhappy about my unbelief in God I didn't really care. Now I had become a Husband with the possibility of becoming a father a realistic thought within the next couple years and it shook me to the core. I didn't know how I could be a good husband. A good boyfriend was easy but a good husband is a whole other thing. We were no longer dating, we were family. We no longer simply enjoyed each other's company, we now relied on each other and committed completely to each other. What kind of husband was I going to be? One who saw the world as dark and horrible? One whose only real purpose in life was to simply get by until I pass away and cease to exist? How would I raise my children to believe in God when I couldn't make the same claim? I didn't want my wife and my kids to have to deal with the same feelings of hopelessness I did. More than that I couldn't bear the possibility of being the one whose lack faith could potentially lead his family astray.
So I decided it was time to make a mature decision. Instead of hiding from the atheist claims that I was so scared of I chose to challenge them and face my doubts directly. Popular culture these days has done a real number on the reliability of the Bible from "The Da Vinci Code" and Bart Ehrman's claims that the bible has been corrupted and changed. I dove in and researched the origins of the Bible and how our current Bible came to be. Anything I had a problem with I researched. Any issue I was sensitive over I researched. The more I learned the more questions would continue to arise but I would attack those as well and try to understand what the truth was. In the midst of this I discovered several Youtube videos of a man I had never heard of by the name of William Lane Craig that baffled me. For years I had believed that the idea of a Christian was a emotional fool who was clinging to the dying idea that God existed despite the fact that the more down to earth atheists could run circles around them logically and show how foolish they were. Yet here was a man who didn't come off like a kook, but a very intelligent and talented debater. He wasn't arguing God's existence through emotions and weak ideas, he was arguing intelligently with an air of confidence in his voice. I watched your debate with Mr. Ehrman and your deconstruction of his book "Misquoting Jesus" (I watched that one 3 times). I watched you give a conference over "The God Delusion" (Dawkins was another one that helped me run from God). I subscribed and listened to your podcasts as well as dived into a wealth of other material. I began to feel like Christians weren't the kooky ones, I was for shutting myself off from God. My skepticism didn't seem as important and slowly it just melted away. I began reading the Bible again and didn't feel uneasy and embarrassed that I was taking what I was reading seriously. I was proud to be a Christian and happy.
Now I'm not so foolish to think that it'll always be sunshine and rainbows or that my faith will never be tested again. I know I still have a long way to go spiritually and that I'm far from perfect or realizing what God wants me to be, but I feel like I've connected again with God and the idea of living in a world without Him just seems so miserable and pointless. In many ways I'm still searching and learning but I feel more like I'm being led as opposed to scrambling on my own in hopes of finding SOMETHING. I also don't know if you'll actually have the time to read this or not (I'm sure giant emails aren't something that scream "excitement" when you first pass over them) but I pray you do if just for the reason that I want you to know you've made a difference on me. I can't say I wouldn't have found God if I hadn't come across your work (I truly feel that He's been chasing me for a LONG time) but I absolutely know that's He's used you and your ministry to touch my heart and help me find Him again and for that I can't thank you and your colleagues enough. I pray God continues to bless you, your ministry and anyone else who may find your work and be led back to God. Thank you so much for everything.
I am a junior in high school in Tennessee. As part of my homeschooling, I was required to prepare and execute a Lincoln-Douglas style debate. After finishing the debate my sister and I watched a recording of your debate with Dr. Ludemann in 1977, "Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?"
It was impressive to see how well you stayed on topic through all the red herrings that Dr. Ludemann brought up. You didn't overstate your conclusions and were very polite. But most importantly, you defended well one of the key doctrines, if not the key doctrine, of Christianity. It was a real encouragement to have clearly stated the many compelling reasons to believe that Jesus did rise from the dead, and vindicated His claims to deity.
I pray that God will bless you as you continue to defend the faith. I hope that you will continue to use your talents in critical thought to advance His kingdom.
About a year ago, an online friend, who teams up with me to argue with atheists in a forum, asked me what I thought of William Lane Craig, and gave me a link to this website.
I checked it out, and started listening to the podcasts, including the Defenders classes, and have become a big fan. My dad had used the word "apologetics" when I was a kid, so I knew what it meant, but aside from C.S. Lewis, or Answers in Genesis, I probably couldn't have pointed to anything concrete. Now, I listen to apologetics podcasts about 20 hours a week, as my job is very conducive to wearing headphones all day, and I look forward to downloading the latest Reasonable Faith each week. I also listen to Jim Warner Wallace, Brett Kunkle, Ravi Zacharias, and lately: Phil Fernandez, although I am pretty much current with the first three and so will need to find a new source soon.
Anyway, to get to my point, I attend a church of about 500 attendees on a weekly basis, and three weeks ago I started an apologetics class. I was worried that it would consist of my wife, my son (15), and I alone, but it has had 14, 16, then 10 classmates, with my best friend who has been a firm believer but not really a firm follower of Christ, his mom, and a new believer. (a side note: this is a really good attendance record for my local church) It is a real exciting time for me, and, to be honest, a somewhat terrifying time. I feel like Moses complaining to the burning bush that I'm not a well spoken person...I am after all the church's "facilities caretaker" or janitor, not one of the pastors or ministry leaders. However, your work has given me the confidence to lead the class, understand where people's questions come from, and have an answer for them.
If the class continues in such a positive way, I will suggest starting a Reasonable Faith chapter locally, and I'm about a quarter of the way through the Reasonable Faith study guide. (I have a lot more time to listen than to write)
The whole point I am trying to make is to say "thank you". Although I suppose I should just say it: thank you. Your work has been a help, not only on the international scale, but also on the local scale in New York.
Featured Testimonial - November 2012
I wanted to take a moment to give a very sincere thank you to Dr. Craig and the entire staff at Reasonable Faith. Dr. Craig's lectures, essays and books have literally saved my life. I'm a 50 year old man, with a wonderful wife, kids, cat, good job, and nice house. Until recently I would have considered myself an atheist, maybe an agnostic at best on a good day. My life was I am not afraid to say, miserable. Every day it was a chore to get up, get through work and face another night in which I believed that the only accomplishment I made that day was to get one step closer to death and nothingness. It was an extremely long, depressing time for me.
My friends started to notice how much more depressed and grumpy I had become and would often try to talk to me about it. I think my wife had just gotten used to it. Finally one day a Christian friend recommended I try attending a church service with him. I reluctantly attended and after my first visit thought to myself that it wasn't really that bad. I was expecting money grubbing, "you're going to burn in hell" types of people. But it was so much different than that. They could have cared less if I gave them even a penny and their friendliness and compassion was unbelievable. I decided to keep attending and eventually it occurred to me that I was enjoying it. I felt as if a heavy weight was being removed from my shoulders.
I started reading the bible and other historical documents and books by theologians. My research on the internet seemed never ending. There is so much information available. But...that is also what almost caused what I'll call a relapse back to atheism. When you search for phrases like "proof that God exists", or "is there life after death", you very quickly find out that atheists have found a haven on the internet. Many of the search results would bring me to an atheist website. Try as I might to simply ignore those sites, I found myself reading them. As I read them I felt the same dread come over me, the same miserable feelings, the same depression, that weight slowly being piled back on my shoulders.
Eventually it occurred to me that the reason I was feeling this way is because much of what you read on an atheist website comes directly or indirectly from some of the militant atheist scientists in the world. Most atheists are parrots for the more prominent atheists, scientists who believe that God and science are mutually exclusive of each other. They think if you believe in what science proves then you cannot believe in God. These scientists are extremely smart people. They have to be to do the work they do. But typically whatever they say I could never hope to dispute because I simply don't have the training they have. I am an engineer by trade, but my training is not in any field in which I could ever hope to debate or dispute what someone like Richard Dawkins might write or say. So it became very clear that what I needed to find was someone that could dispute and debate what the scientists say. I needed to find that person and find out what his/her thoughts were.
That's when I found Reasonable Faith. Finding your website has quite literally saved my life. As I started listening to some of Dr. Craig's podcasts I found myself actually crying I was so happy. Here was the answer to my prayers - someone that has the training and knowledge to speak to the atheist's claims, someone that can debate them with facts and proof and call them out on statements they make that the average person might not think to question. Once again, the weight is gone from my shoulders and I'm feeling better than I have in probably 30 years. I feel as if I have a reason to live now as if my life has purpose and meaning. I'm now an official member of my church, I've just been voted to chairman of the board of trustees, I love volunteering to help people in need and I have no problems at all telling people I'm a Christian. But my greatest pleasure comes when I'm alone and can read the bible or pray for God to continue to guide me and tell him that without him I am nothing. I truly believe now that God was working on me all these years. I had gotten to the point where my depression was so bad I just had to find something that would change my life, and deep down inside I had considered suicide. God didn't want that for me. I had never even considered becoming a Christian until that one conversation with a friend, a friend who was so understanding and caring.
My wife always did believe there was a God, she was not an atheist, but she was not a "practicing Christian" either. She now attends church with me, we read the bible and pray together and our marriage is better than it has ever been.
So once again - thank you so much to Dr. Craig and the entire staff at Reasonable Faith, and thank you God for helping me find them.
There is no way to describe how your work has revolutionized my zeal to share the gospel in a new unprecedented way using reason, science, and philosophy and for this I thank God for you and for other authors and apologists like Ravi Zacharias, Normal Geisler, among others and you are constantly in my prayers. I have never had any love whatsoever for academic approach to things(barely made it alive out of school), but then when I found that there was some way of applying your apologetic principles and combining it with the 4 spiritual laws for example, that this would create such a hook for everyday people to pay attention to the gospel because it would give them such a scientific view of God and realize how real He is using scientific and philosophical approaches tied with the Scriptures. I have witnessed this when I shared the gospel to a couple but gave an introduction on who God is in terms of the cosmological argument and they accepted Christ there and then! Truly this is a testament to the parable of seed and sower where Christ mentioned other types of not-so-good soil which may be tilled with apologetics! I have presented the 5 arguments for the existence of God and these have changed the lives of many people around me! I am now formulating my ministry plan of bringing apologetics to the streets and working my way through your study guides as requirement for putting together a chapter from where I am. I wish to establish a Q&A forum and finding ways to present the gospel to the workplace, coffeshops and the urban workplace. I have RF and On Guard on my Kindle and hopefully despite the fulltime secular job and school work I will be able to finish these questionnaires. I am in school taking my Masters in Divinity and I am looking forward to taking either masters in Philosophy or Apologetics when I finish.
Dr. Craig and Reasonable Faith Team,
Early in my high school career, I underwent and, thanks to God’s faithfulness, emerged from a deep crisis of faith. Strengthened in my relationship with Christ, I still saw what I thought was a deep, disparaging hole in the intellectual life of the Evangelical community and the world at large, and vowed to spend my life helping to change that state of affairs even if it was a long, lonely road. I was surprised and delighted, then, when early my sophomore year of undergraduate studies I discovered that philosophy is a thriving, academic discipline that one can pursue. (Where was the mention of the field during my formative high school years!?) But perhaps with equal joy came my subsequent discovery of Reasonable Faith after stumbling across your name, Dr. Craig, in my epistemology notes. In many ways, your personal testimony resonated and still resonates with my own life experiences and your treatment of divine providence enthralled me as it greatly expanded upon and refined my longstanding intuitions.
This was nearly three years ago, and ever since, I have been amazed as God has used you and your work to guide my thinking and shape my character. Time and again, a newly released RF podcast or academic work (most recently your treatment of divine aseity in Philosophia Christi) corresponds brilliantly with a newly acquired philosophic interest of mine or a subject that I have been discussing with my peers. Tangentially, in recent months, your work has helped put to rest the intellectual fears of one of my good friends from China. The discussion I had with him about arguments for God’s existence and Christ’s resurrection is but one link in an amazing chain that helped lead him to Christ! Praise God! He has since been devouring Christian literature and has helped lead another Chinese student to Christ. Praise God!
Or again, in 2011, I spent a summer in Germany and one evening feared that my new atheist acquaintances’ eyes might grow so wide as to pop from their heads! I had earnestly shared with them that not only did I have the internal witness of the Holy Spirit, but also in light of external evidences for God’s existence and Christ’s resurrection, I felt rationally compelled to accept the great things of the Gospel. With this comment, they leaned in with astonishment and said with no shortage of shock and incredulity, “Really?”and an edifying, three-hour conversation, not to mention a longstanding friendship, began. I believe they were rather stunned and perhaps pleasantly surprised to engage with arguments from natural theology. Were it not for your work, I do not believe I would have been able to engage and largely guide the conversation as I did. Your work is truly helping to reach the nations, Dr. Craig! Thank you.
Currently, I am on course to begin graduate studies in philosophy beginning fall 2013. It is my sincere wish not only to continue what you and others have aptly described as a Christian renaissance in Anglo-American philosophy, but also to bring this renaissance to other parts of the world, particularly China and Germany. I am fortunate enough to be in a prime position to begin this process, and so remain excited about your work throughout the world, and the work of other organizations like the EPS and their recent outreach to Christian, European academics. It has been very encouraging and helpful to hear what God has been doing through RF around the world as I consider where He may be leading me.
I would like to thank you for "The God Debate II: Harris vs. Craig". I really enjoyed the debate.
I am an athiest, but I concede that you won the argument. Your approach with mathematical and airtight. As a Computer Scientist, I can appreciate it.
Harris used ad hominem attacks and attacked religion, thereby avoiding the central question of the debate.
Harris appealed to emotion with sayings like "What kind of person is against suffering" while you stuck to your guns with arguments that appealed to logic.
However, since I am an athiest, the implication for me is that there is no objective morality which I think you have demonstrated pretty clearly.
While Sam Harris was certainly making a Leap of Faith when he asserted that a World of Misery is evil and a World of Health is good, you have to admit that this leap is smaller than is required of any religious faith (dogmas, etc).
This is of course not the argument in the debate, but I would just like to point it out.
Anyway, thank you for this illuminating debate, and for showing me how it's done. My hat off to you sir.
Thank you Dr Craig and everyone at Reasonable Faith,
I have been a theist all my life but the last years i've felt hard pressed by agressive atheists in the media and in my social network. But videos and written material by Dr Craig have strengthened my faith and helped me debunk all atheist arguments i've come across. I just finished watching the debate with Hitchens and Dr Craigs final words moved me so much i had to write this email. Thank you so much, what you are doing is so important for the world and help so many.
God bless you
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This is a group of people (about 50/50 christian/atheist) doing an online book reading club on a website called BodyBuilding.com... Guess what book they chose first? Time and Eternity by Dr. Craig. And note the ring leader of the topic is not a Christian, he is an Atheist who's a former Christian. You can read through all the comments - I bet it's hard to figure out whos Christian and who's Atheist in this discussion.
I'm a long time member of this message board, in fact i've posted a few times in that paticular thread and WLC has been a lightening rod in such a positive way amongst this crowd of people who discuss Religion and Politics (among other things) on a regular basis... Does WLC have his online haters? Yes, but that is mostly anonymous keyboard warriors, the thinking atheists find WLC fascinating in such a positive way that I'm so encouraged to see such a civil discussion like this. Trust me, they're not always civil, but Dr. Craig carries some real respect amongs my generation 20s-30s yo.
I'm not sure what I'm really trying to say other than I thought you might find this little nugget of information interesting, hopefully you can pass on the email to Dr. Craig for me. Maybe he knows the reason why all of a sudden, so many atheists want to read about Dr. Craigs thoughts are on time. Who would have known?
May God continue to bless you Bill and Jan, I would like to just say how thankful I am that God is using you, I have since "finding" your resources on the web, become so much bolder in my faith, suddenly I could step fearlessly into conversations with any atheist and feel that my faith had rock solid arguments upon which I could proclaim the Truth of God.
Of course Im not saying that I now have faith I never previously had, and have now only because of my discovery of sound arguments to belive, no what I mean to say is this, that now I can show the absolute rationality of my believing in God using the very tools and language that my atheist opponents think is their greatest weapon against me, its amazing to see their arguments collapse in light of the arguments Ive come to learn and use, Thank you Bill and Thank you Heavenly Father.
I want to share a little something that happened as the result of my new found ability to "take the rational,logical and philosophical inititive to the enemy", I happen to be a keen motorcyclist and on one of these biker forums I use theres a member whose signature under his avatar was "if you could reason with religious people, there would not be any religious people" well inevitibley after months of various subjects being discussed on the forum, the God subject came up he he ! Cutting a long story short it came down to just me and him posting and replying to each other in this "God thread" and all the time hundreds of members where watching it, well I sucessfully defended the Faith I have, defeating his many typical internet level objections and straw men arguments, It was with real joy and praise for God that when the very next day this guys signature about religious people not being reasonable changed! He had changed it to something about motorcycles! Praise God! Its was a small victory in the grand scheme I know but I took so much delight knowing that God is smarter than all of us and that all those other forum members who where following the thread would have seen what this guy saw, namely that there are very strong rational reasons to believe in God infact no strong rational reason to disbelieve.
I have been listening to your podcasts on the doctrine of revelation and I have to say that it has been so enlightening. Thank you for the effort and time you have put into thinking over this issue. The imprecatory psalms have always been an area of scripture that I have found disturbing and have found these psalms difficult to reconcile with other areas of scripture that command Christians to love their enemies. Thus, I found your conception of divine middle knowledge on the issue of the imprecatory psalms to be absolutely stunning. Very good work, thank you.
I heard that someday you may write or compile together the notes for your Defenders class into a theology text book. That would be so great, I really hope that you do that. My brother claims to be a Christian, but he is not orthodox in his faith. He disagrees with scripture at points. It is my suspicion though that if he had a good theology text book- one that would provide for him good reasons to be orthodox- then he might adopt orthodoxy (I suppose evangelical orthodoxy). I have three introductory level theology text books but all of them fall short, it seems to me, of what might make a positive impression on him to the end stated above. I have Millard Erickson's and Grenz's theology text books, but they are not in dialogue with philosophical theology and so they provide poor answers to vital questions to the faith (e.g. the problem of evil, the relation between faith and reason, postmodernism, the trinity, natural theology, etc.). I have McGrath's, but he too falls short of what I would like given that his approach in his text book is in no way apologetic in nature. I have some of Donald Bloesch's Christian Foundations series on central doctrines, but his approach is not apologetic in nature either.
So, I guess I'm saying that I would find it very helpful for my brother (really, for my whole unbelieving family) if you would undertake the task of writing a theology text book off of your Defenders podcast. Though, of course, you are busy. So, I hope you do it, and if you decide to then no rush. Thank you for your life and work!
I want to say thank you to Dr. Craig and his staff for standing up for truth, and providing resources for Christians who desperately need them.
I have long considered myself a Christian, since the time I was still in elementary, but I never took my faith too seriously. I hardly ever studied, never engaged anyone in conversation, etc. I was like a soldier who was lost in the middle of a war and decided to sit down and relax instead. It was not until I decided to take philosophy classes at college that my poor lifestyle finally dawned on me. Professors and students hijacked theist scientists, revised history, and spouted of ideas to match their made up reality. I knew deep inside they were wrong and I could not do anything about it. I had never felt so ashamed in my life.
It was at that point that I decided to either abandon Christianity altogether, or if it was true, act like it was. I started studying many different topics, but one really stood out to me - the topic of truth and morality. Craig's research on the subject really made sense and it became clear that non-theistic ideologies simply had no answer. In debates, atheists would simply rant about how horrible God was, even though they could not give a reason as to why they believed in good or evil to begin with. In fact, nearly all their positions were hilariously illogical and hypocritical, relying mostly on emotions rather then logic. Christianity actually made sense. It was logical, historically accurate, and it gave life real meaning.
Dr. Craig's YouTube debates, articles, and Q&A's really do a great service for Christians. After sharing articles from the website and watching debates with one of my friends, I also noticed him start to share the gospel and stand up for truth on a daily basis!
It hurts me every time I see one of God's lost children. I recently spoke to an abstract deist whose main objection to the Christian doctrine was that it did not permit her to refer to God as a female. This was literally the reason that she stopped being a Christian.
I spoke to a Richard Dawkins' poster child who abandoned belief in God because, she explained, the God solution is no solution, rather, it raises a greater burden, namely, 'who designed the designed?'.
I spoke to a Christian who converted to Islam. He explained, "Jesus is not God, and there is nothing historically that allows us to conclude that."
Certainly, these and many other objections are not intellectually sound. But they are held so firmly now that even after a patent debunking, they maintain their position for what appears to be emotional reasoning.
All I can think is that if I had a twenty minute conversation with them before they gained an emotional attachment to their position, that perhaps I would have been able to abolish their doubt before it ever expanded.
While some may never return to Christ, there are many others that we can reach out to and abolish their doubt before it ever begins to expand. I look at the kids in my church in their early twenties and I wonder how equipped they are to face the problem of pseudo-intellectual atheism.
I know that perhaps a twenty minute weekly lecture and some Reasonable Faith reading material would prepare them. But I just cannot persuade my pastor, or any pastor for that matter (I have spoken with four).
The issue of the atheism epidemic is completely foreign to them. I have no idea how to persuade them of the importance of Christian apologetics. As you write in On Guard, many are ignorant to even the term "Christian apologetics," to the point where they are replying "I will never apologize for my faith!"
How should I go about persuading these church leaders to adopt interest in Christian apologetics? I cannot believe that this issue must hit home before they realize the severity of it. I cannot believe that the pastor's child would have to abandon Christianity before he believes in the importance of Christian apologetics.
Please help me. This just feels futile. It is like trying to persuade the wind into altering its' path.
God Bless you, your family and your fantastic ministry.
My name is ____________ (the portuguese translation for ____________), 21 years old and I am a student of Philosophy (finished my bachelor last year and I am in graduation this year in the best university of South America) and a teacher of Philosophy for high school students in a public school here in São Paulo.
I read your books and articles since 2008 when my interest in the question whether God exists or not began (this question in special led me to study Philosophy in a higher level) and since than I have studied this question and read tons of works on this issue and I REALLY appreciate your GREAT work. Although I like whole Philosophy, my "favorite" areas are logic and epistemology (and, of course, philosophy of religion), which, by its turn, led me to analitic philosophy, your specialties.
Unfortunately, as someone rightly told you and you said in your lecture at Saint Benedictus, philosophy of religion and specially the question of the existence of God is not discussed in the philosphy departments of ALL our universities. Last year I tried to propose something like a debate or a lecture on this subject at my University and my professors replied that the question "has no importance" (?!), debates like these would be "pointless" (?!?!) because the question is "already solved" (?!?!?!). After the episode I asked myself: how can such great question has no importance? A question that almost all philosphers tried to answer? Even if the question could not be solved, debates about it are NOT pointless, they are, at least, a great oportunity to learn a lot about logic, ethics and epistemology, for example. And the last and most aberrant point, if the question is solved, what the heck is the answer??
P.O.: sorry by my bad english.
My best wishes,
This past January, I took your interterm class at Biola University. I would like you to know how much I enjoyed the experience of being in the class, listening to your lectures and getting to know you a bit better. At the lunchtime meetings it was a special treat having the opportunity to visit with you and also getting to know some of my classmates better.
I mentioned to you at one of the luncheons that this was my first philosophy class. While earning my Christian Apologetics degree in 2007, I had some limited exposure to philosophy but never a formal class. While studying Electrical Engineering some forty years ago, I had studied logic in math courses, but never anything approaching what I experienced in your class. Realizing the magnitude of the challenge I was facing, I determined to be guided by the words of that great American Philosopher, Rocky Balboa, who said when he was faced with a big challenge, “I just want to go the distance.” I can tell you that I have never earned a “C” in either of my two previous advanced degrees, but I was very happy to receive a “C” in your class. You had discussed failing some students in the past, and I was fearful that I might be added to that list. I am glad that I was able to go the distance with you.
Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would jump at the chance to study under you again should the opportunity present itself. As I got up early each morning to head to class (I live in south Orange County) my wife could tell that I was more excited than usual about where I was going. We came to refer to the class as “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and that is how I will remember my time in your class.
I was particularly impressed with your devotions and the interest you showed in the students’ personal lives. It is not all that common to find someone who teaches at such a high level and possesses a reputation such as yours who also takes time to relate to students the way you do.
Please accept my thanks for putting up with my naïve questions during your class and for taking time to come to Biola to teach. I hope we will meet again in the future. Until then,
Party on, Dude.
All the best,
Thank you. The words are simple but their meaning more than sincere. I'll convey my story.
I was raised in a Christian home, and sent to a private Christian school for most of my pre-college education. The Christian school I went to taught us dogmatically what was and wasn't right, from the standpoint of pentecostal interpretation of the Bible. The problem was that not all of it was Biblically sound, and not all of it was in good manners. We were taught that we were right simply because we were right, and that Big Bad Atheists simply couldn't be reasoned with, so don't bother. On the other hand, when our Christian-themed science curriculum did speak, very one-sidedly, on matters such as biological evolution, not only was the slant akin to brain-washing, but the refutations of such things were scientifically unsound and based on completely outdated information and logic.
For instance, we were told that evolution could be disproven by asking the evolutionist "How do you date the fossils?", and according to our curriculum, he would smugly reply "We date the fossils by the geological layer in which we find them." We were then supposed to ask "And how do you date the geological layer?" to which he would say "By the fossils we find in them!" And then we must point out the circular reasoning. The problem is that, when we went on a field trip to the museum of natural history, and we discovered the poor elderly fellow doing the presentation on biological evolution, he did not respond with what we were taught to expect. He said "Oh, we date both via the carbon dating method!" And left us with our jaws hanging slack. We'd been defeated!
Instead of accepting that our science needed updating, we were encouraged by the faculty to IGNORE the defeat, unchanged, and assume that we were still correct. One can see how this ultimately lead me to be a very arrogant young adult by the time I had graduated. Over the next decade, I continued to flaunt reason and logic for dogma, and looked down my nose at anyone who wasn't like me.
It was a few years ago when I got a job where I made friends with several atheists, and suddenly my lack of logic was thrown in my face. Unlike most atheists I had been taught to expect, they were kind. Gentle. Loving. Moral. Intelligent. Open-minded. And they tore my beliefs apart. I remained faithful, but it became apparent to me that I had a lot of thinking to do.
Another few years go by, and I found that I could not stand against the intellectual onslaught of "God vs. Science". I fought it tooth and nail, but in the face of "There is no evidence for God!", my lack of knowledge only further breached the hull of my already sinking ship. Finally, persons like Penn Jillette and Richard Dawkins really had me questioning whether or not my own experiences with God were imagined. One night at my second-shift job, I cried out to God for a miracle. Something, ANYTHING, to show me that He was real. The only response I got that night was "Am I a magician, that I should do magic tricks for you every time you need proof?" I suspected whether or not I had even truly heard that or imagined it.
A month later, just after the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of my friends and I had gone out to our makeshift firing range to do some shooting. One of my Christian friends had found an atheist book in a bargain bin, and decided it would be fun to shoot it with his shotgun in the presence of one of our atheist friends, just to get a rise out of him. Our atheist friend wasn't phased, by the way. Later, as we posted about the days events on our group forum, my Christian friend posted a video of one Dr. William Lane Craig explaining how "the brights" weren't very bright. I watched this video several times, devouring your acidic critique of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.
Afterwards, I decided I had to look up this William Lane Craig fellow, and see what else he had to say. Little did I realize just what I was getting into! Debates, interviews, commentary, and finally Reasonablefaith.org came up in my browser. Suddenly I had access to the Defenders podcasts! I cannot explain how utterly elated I was!
God had answered my desperate prayer. He didn't give me some sort of dog-and-pony magic trick in the night sky. He gave me evidence that He existed!
Needless to say, I spent weeks devouring the Existence of God series. I ordered On Guard and Reasonable Faith on Amazon.com. I started posting arguments on facebook, and even going into overtly secular forums and debating, getting a chance to practice logic and reason, and learning the ins and outs of the arguments and their refutations. My faith in God was strengthened, and my confidence to share His word was also strengthened.
Obviously, to God be the glory for this. It was in His timing that I felt the greatest need to cry out, and in His timing that I was shown your work. But, I say, thank YOU for your life of obedience and hard work. To me, and those around me, it has made a huge difference.
For the last year and a half I have been a night shift janitor at a grade school. The position has given my the time to listen to some great ministries, the Bible, and praise and worship on my Ipod. About 9 months ago I was on Fox News web site and read a article about a Christian embarking on a debating tour with few Atheists excepting your challenge. Ironically enough Richard Dawkins led me to your web site. To my surprise. I found something my witness was lacking. Good, honest, and understandable answers to the really difficult questions facing Christianity today.
I've been born again and saved for 12 years and had no idea about natural evidence and the defensibility of my Christian believes. I have downloaded and listen to all your Defenders class 1 & 2, also your reasonable faith pod cast. I now have an argument for an Atheist likes the Cosmological and Kalam argument, If asked about the problem of suffering I can ask "Do you have a logical problem or a probabilistic problem, the Jehovah witness I've learned about Christology... I have started a "Defense never rest" class in my church. I am also reading "Reasonable Faith" and going through the study guide in hopes of starting a Reasonable Faith chapter. Thank you for your ministry.
I cannot express the gratitude that I have for your body of work, Doctor Craig. In listening to your speeches and reading your books it is increasingly obvious that God is the only reasonable explanation for almost every element of the world. I consistently see you leave the opposition with only anger and vague statements of the inherent invalidity of your argument.
I did initially suspect that this was a result of, as Richard Dawkins suggests, an advanced debate strategy. But the more I study your work, the more I am able to think philosophically in regard to the oppositions' claims. I constantly find myself using the phrase "The conclusion does not follow the premise."
Further, I constantly find myself rejecting atheistic arguments that I previously always considered unchangable. For instance, I never considered the possibility that I would be able to demonstrate that atheism is not the conservative or 'negative' worldview.
You are arming this generation of Christian apologists with what seem to be infallible argumentation to which not even leading atheists have an answer for. Further in adopting your philosophical method of thinking, it is increasingly easy to identify an atheist fallacy.
It is becoming more obvious that atheists are merely blowfish. They make claims of evidence, science and logic despite that they cannot demonstrate these elements. You have indicated that they give truth to the prophecy, "In professing themselves wise, they became fools."
I want to thank you for your views on homosexuality and the truth you have voiced on the subject. I am a college student, I was reared up in a very devout Christian family, and I have always (at least as long as I can remember) been attracted to other males. As a spirit filled Christian I have known that homosexuality is not within God's will and that the act thereof is sinful, but my mind always fought to understand how I could have such feelings (that felt very natural) and yet it be a sin. I read your response to a woman who asked you many questions dealing with homosexuality and I must say that the Holy Spirit used you to speak profound truth. I could not agree with you more and I am so very encouraged by what you wrote. I pray God's blessings over you and your ministry. Thank you so much for speaking truth in a world full of lies.
Currently, I am in a philosophy of religion class at a ____________ University, and as a part of our readings this semester, we'd been assigned to read:
William Lane Craig, "The Indispensability of Theological Meta-ethical Foundations for Morality," Afterall.net (November 1996)
This was by far the most lively discussion that we'd had in class this semester. My teacher took issue with your paper. He went on to accuse you of a false dichotomy between an objective foundation for morality in God and a subjective foundation of morality in a person. Further, he argued that the two horns of the dilemma presented in your paper were an objective foundation for morality and a subjective foundation. His escape route between these two horns was to posit a inter-subjective foundation for morality. Now, I'm known by my professors for being well versed in philosophy-No thanks to me; I have a great teacher his name is Bill Craig-so I was more than ready to answer his rebut his objection. My professor said, "Sean make the case for Dr.Craig." I accepted the challenge. I told the class and the professor, in a charitable manner and with Christian politeness, that the problem with inter-subjectivity grounding ethics was that people could have agreed on different values or even contrasting values (e.g., it could have been the case that rape was permissible.) He then objected stating that if God's commands determined what was good then one would still be left with a contingent and arbitrary foundation for moral values. Au contraire, the foundation for moral values is found in God's nature. His essential nature just is what Plato called "The Good." And with this, the class joined in and raised almost every objection possible, so to speak, to your argument, and one by one, I rebutted them.
Like everyone else who has come into contact with your work, I too can't even begin tell you how thankful I am for all that you do. Before finding your website (which has since introduced me to the likes of Alvin Plantinga, and, more generally, to a handful of great arguments for God's existence) I felt, as Christian talking with non-believers, like I was bringing a "Nerf bat to a knife fight." All I can say is thank you--not only for equipping me apologetically, but for encouraging me in my faith by providing me with a rational foundation for my beliefs, and, simply, for making Christianity seriously exciting: I now feel like I understand what Chesterton means when he talks about Christian orthodoxy as being utterly thrilling.
For quite some time I've been having the odd fall out with fellow atheists on different topics concerning Jesus and the Bible. The more they attacked the Bible and the rare Christian, mostly an ill equipped new convert who dared go into the atheistic lair (i.e. Atheist vs. Christian forums), the more I caught myself in the act of defending them. I felt and often still feel compelled to argue for the Bible, often dismayed and disappointed by the shallow, harsh criticisms and ad hominems my fellow atheists and other non-christians use from time to time. My defence of the Bible, which itself has increased over time, even lead some to believe I myself was a Christian, who had infiltrated their forum, just posing as an atheist to win their trust, before bamboozling them with some apologetics. I remember one day an Atheist asked me why I defended the Bible so often, seeing as I was a likeminded atheist myself. I had to smile to myself in amazement as I responded: "Because I read the Bible...."
Always on the lookout to test my own views, I continued to search for someone who was able to give me some sound reasons for believing in Christ - something I just could not find at all at that time, especially not in all the chatrooms or message boards, which I have unsuccesfully been visiting for all so many years....
Ever since it came to my attention early on in August of this year, I couldn't wait to see this amazing man live on stage, who has slowly started to change my attitude towards Christianity. For the last couple of months beforehand, I had been enjoying the many debates posted around the web and reading the odd article. Especially my fascination with the resurrection of Jesus, a subject which I've been totally engrossed in since last year, spurned my wish even more.
Of course many had written on this subject before, but none were capable of riveting my attention so much, by using such reasoning, eloquence and being able to clear away the debris of weaker naturalistic explanations with such ease. Every way I turned, sure enough, there was this man debating the leading skeptics and rightly being hailed as "the man who has put the fear of God into many of my fellow atheists", to quote Harris.
By chance and good fortune, you might say god-willed, I googled to see if this person was currently debating. Lo and behold he was - and much more! He was touring the UK!
Quickly I told my wife that I just had to see this man and, bless her heart, she gave me her consent, although she had her reservations. My work also allowed me a few days off. I booked my plane, my hotel and my ticket to the Bethinking Conference in August and counted the days, which never seemed to end. Finally the day arrived and I left Germany for the UK.
After a good nights sleep in the hotel and a slightly chaotic journey the next morning, thanks to the London Underground, I finally arrived at Westminster Chapel on time. It didn't take long until the first conversations with some Christians ensued. Everyone was in high spirits and my first reservations on telling someone I actually was an atheist, were quickly put to rest. Quite the contrary, this encouraged even more friendly debate. To cut a long story short the day started great.
What I never dreamed of though, was being able to meet this amazing person face to face, who has had such an impact on my life in recent months, let alone just see and listen to him live, I recalled all the ad hominems and blunt name calling I had previously encountered on the Web from atheists against this man, especially the recent attacks regarding a debate with Prof. Richard Dawkins and felt ashamed by the humility, the outspoken friendliness and the sincerity, even whilst speaking on the topic of his atheistic critics. When I plucked up all my courage to actually shake your hand to try and show you my appreciation and admiration, after your first presentation, I was taken aback by your down to earth, heartwarming welcome and kind words. I only wish we had had more time...Sadly it was all over too soon. The very next day I had to return home, exhausted but content and invigorated.
Setting my emotions aside, all I can say is that I will be reading your works, which are available to me, as diligently as is possible. My only criticism to date is that your book "Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus" is not available in paperback!
Even though I still am an atheist, with deep reservations regarding faith in a God, at least I am now convinced that the belief in the Resurrection of Jesus can be explained in such a way as to having to admit there are good, rational grounds for believing in it, thus relieving Christians from the ridicule I have felt and often sadly shown towards them in the past myself. It may not be much, but I think it is a good start towards a better, more honest communication and leaves me to deal with all the new implications such an admission brings with it.
It is with the upmost pleasure and well wishes that I thank you Dr. Craig. Please give my heartfelt regards to your wife and everyone else on your team who made it possible that we both meet in person. Who knows, maybe one day you will be able to tour Germany, or at least have a debate or two. I for one would be honored to have you as my guest anytime.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for your willingness to ask the tough questions and decision to seek the answers. Your journey of faith is one I not only relate to, but greatly admire. I have just finished reading On Guard and plan to read Reasonable Faith next. Although my ultimate decision for Christ was made from the culmination of many spiritual, emotional, and intellectual aspects, it was after receiving God's redemption that I began the journey of making sure what I felt inside could be reconciled with what logic, reason, and scientific truths told us. I have been a fan of apologetics ever since. It hasn't been until recently that I've begun investigating the philosophical arguments for God's existence, but I was immediately hooked. After dropping out of high school and college over 10 years ago, I have recently been accepted into the B.S. of Religion program at Liberty University. Once my 4-year degree is complete, I plan on attending Denver Seminary (or somewhere comparable) to complete the M.Div. program with a focus on philosophy. During those years I hope to find a church willing to allow me to start an apologetics ministry. I felt as though I was reading my own thoughts as I worked my way through chapter 1 of On Guard. God-willing, I will be used as an effective minister to our brothers and sisters in Christ, a voice of reason in a world that isn't sure, and a force to be reckoned with among those in opposition. Thank you for taking the time to educate, entertain, encourage, and strengthen all of us who are of like mind. May God continue to richly bless you in all of your work for His Kingdom and in every area of your personal life.
Thank you so much for your web site. I have been educating myself on your podcasts and articles and have even started debating with atheists. I want to share a story with you. Recently I was debating a Dentist who was a "friendly" open minded atheist.
After debating him we got along quite well. To my surprise and pleasure he asked what books I have read and what books I suggest. I mentioned Reasonable Faith. About a week went by and I received an email from him saying he had converted to Christianity.
Now, I was skeptical at first as he seemed to be committed to atheism during our debate. Later we spoke again in a conference room on head set microphones and in front of 30 other people in the conference room, atheists and Christians...he shared why he became a Christian.
As he spoke he mentioned the lack of evidence on the atheist side but the "garguntan" (to use his words) amount of evidence on the side of Christian theism overwhelmed the lack of plausible arguments for atheism. Even when other atheists questioned him in the conference chat room he was very confident. He said he did read your book "Reasonable Faith" and that was a big factor in his decision.
I have no debated a total of 50 atheists and some have actually converted to Christianity. I want to thank you for what you do. I believe that most Christians want to share their reasons they are Christian but they may not do so if they feel they are not equipped. Thanks for equipping us with the "full armor" to show that theism is clearly the more plausible, rational and truthful position.
As I type this out, I’m in the heart of the African Bush.
When I was in my early teens I struggled with my belief in God, as I never had any good arguments for believing in him; I had, as you said in ‘Reasonable Faith’, a superficial type of belief, but I kept my doubts at bay. The turning point was when, for the first time in my very short life (I was seventeen at the time), someone I loved deeply, died: My Grandfather. All of the doubts that were kept at the back of my mind, were brought to the fore, and I felt a need to have my questions answered.
I came across Dawkin’s, Hitchen’s, and Dennette’s debates online. None of their opponents put up a good fight, and so I found myself leaning on Atheists’ side of the argument. Looking back, I think the death of my Grandfather actually made me quite angry and bitter at life, and I was finding reasons to justify my emotions. I then read Dawkin’s book ‘’The God Delusion’’, and was even more convinced. I was adamant that God did not exist.
As I was perusing the various videos on youtube, I found a debate where Christopher Hitchens was debating you and about five other Theists. I can’t remember what event this was. At the end of the debate I had heard a brief overview of some good reasons to believe in God, and Hitchen’s hadn’t been able to refute any of them. I was stunned! What I thought was a closed book, was re-opened, and I felt rationally compelled to scrutinize my own beliefs.
As I type this, I have watched at least fourteen of your debates, and have been thoroughly convinced of your arguments. I actually feel quite silly that I was swayed by Dawkin’s sophomoric arguments. I’m currently reading your book ‘reasonable faith’. I listen to the in-depth lectures you give on the arguments for God’s existence on a weekly basis. And the dust that had been collecting on the Bible I used to read as a child has been brushed off. I’m currently studying Philosophy, but with the hopes of branching off into Theology some day.
The reason for this message, if you get to read it, is to thank you for helping to expose the light that had been missing for many years. You have made a massive impact in my life, and I thank God for your existence. Words don’t do my feelings justice.
I just wanted to thank you for ministry. I am a missionary in France (for about 8 years) and have been listening to your podcast regularly. The podcast has become a regular part of my jogging routine and I really enjoy it.
I face many difficult questions from friends, neighbors and church members. As you know from experience (I believe you studied French at the same school as me), living and witnessing in Western Europe is a particularly hard because of its humanist context. I've been forced to to train myself more in evangelism and apologetics, much more than I was trained for in the small Bible college I attended. Your ministry is a big help.
By the way, before hitting the field in France, I worked in Christian Radio syndication (out of Nashville, TN). We worked with many popular Bible teaching programs of David Jeremiah, Alister Begg, and Michael Youssef. I would like to complement you (and anywhere credit is due) on your good format and quality sound engineering. This is a real uphill battle as the trend has been toward contemporary Christian music programming, but do not lose hope. I do pray that your audience grows as I passionately believe in the need to equip believers to understand and defend their faith in our rapidly secularizing world. If I can be of any help in this area, please feel free to contact me in the future.
Again... all my thanks and God bless!
It is an honor to even be writing to you right now. I am a youth pastor at a large evangelical church in ___. A few years ago, one of the elder's sons who was in high school at the time, approached me and told me that he had become an atheist over the summer because science and philosophy had proven that God doesn't exist! He challenged me with some quotes from Hawking, Dawkins, Hitchens, etc... and I had no responses to them. I'll never forget the look on his face when I had no reply. He started crying and with tears running down his face he turned around and walked out the doors of the church, and he has never come back.
That sparked something in me! I realized that there was a new language that needed to be spoken to the youth culture of today... a language that I was not fluent in! In fact I was probably guilty of telling the young men and women that the Bible was true because it says it's true! Wow!!! Looking back I feel like I had no right to call myself a youth pastor at that time, but things have changed since then!
Three years ago a fellow pastor gave me your book, "Reasonable Faith". It was hard to get through... but I managed to plow my way through most of it. Shortly after that it seemed like atheists and agnostics were finding their way into my life. I started having debates on many issues with all of these different individuals, especially via facebook! Issues that ranged from meaning, value, and purpose in life, morality, the existence of the universe and much more!
To make a long story short, I made www.reasonablefaith.org my home page, and I downloaded all of your podcasts. I made sure that on top of staying in God's Word... I listened to at least one of your podcasts everyday, and read a portion of one of your books. I have listened to each of your podcasts at least once, and I peruse your website daily.
Your ministry has had a huge impact on my understanding of God, and my love for Him has grown deeper because of it. I am currently taking a big group of high school boys through "ON GUARD" right now and they absolutely love it! I even taught the Kalam cosmological argument to my youth group of high school and middle school students!!! They understand it and they are hungry for more! It is so awesome to watch their faces when they come to an understanding that the cause of the universe is personal, and therefore, they can have a personal relationship with the "CAUSE of the universe!"
I have even used the "Kalam" argument to lead an atheistic college student to the truth of the Gospel about a month ago. Now this former skeptic is now studying "On Guard" with me too. He wants to go to seminary now and devote his life to the truth!
Speaking of seminary... I ordered the DVD of your debate with Christopher Hitchens a couple of months ago. When I opened it a post card about Biola's Christian Apologetic Program fell out of it. It took me about 30 seconds to realize I wanted to do their distance learning program.
Now I am currently going through their certificate program in Christian Apologetics, and I hope to be accepted into their Master's Degree program for the fall semester.
Thank you for being so faithful to God. He has used you to impact my walk with Jesus, and that impacts the walk of the hundreds of kids I work with too! With the limited amount of time I have studied Christian apologetics, I have seen the youth group grow with many skeptical teens. These students want to be respected with logical and thoughtful answers to their deep questions. I am seeing kids come to Christ on a regular basis. I have also seen many of the Christian students grow stronger in their faith and bolder in their evangelism because they are not afraid of having their faith questioned.
Thank you for your ministry Dr. Craig. It is changing many lives... including mine!
I am currently in the airport as I just previously wrote, but I thought with my extra time I would also like to send you a quick message regarding your effect on my life.
About 5 years ago, at the age of 19 years old, I was in school, and working as a security guard at a local Sprint Store in the Kansas City area. One night, as we were locking up the store, 3 gunmen approached myself and the store manager with semi automatic weapons positioned right into our faces. They screamed for us to re-open the door, and threatened to kill us multiple times. As the manager made his way back into the store to retrieve the cash from the safe, I had to listen to two other gunmen describe what they were going to do with the "bodies". Obviously it being a critical situation, all I could do was begin to pray. I truly thought that was going to be my last night on planet earth. But then suddenly after what seemed like an eternity, I heard the so often quoted 4 words in the movies. "Get your hands up!!" Amazingly, the Westport Security team showed up and had the men surrounded. The police, were no where to be found. Somehow, some random person, tipped off a nearby restaurant that some suspicious behavior may be occurring at the Sprint store down the street. Miraculously the restaurant employee phoned the Security team, rather then the police. An act that proved to be life-saving.
This experience changed my life forever. About a week after the experience, I could not stop thinking about death, and what is to come after I'm gone. The life after this one. It flooded my mind daily, to the point that nothing even mattered except embarking on an all out research project aimed at determining my eventual future. I went through one religious book after the next. Atheist texts, theistic texts, Buddhist texts, Muslim texts, and everything in between. I sought after books describing in detail "Near Death Experiences" and other related works. Undoubtedly philosophy began to become an important part of finding the "truth". I first came across your works in Lee Strobels "Case for a Creator", if I accurately recall. I remember finding your arguments very compelling, and intriguing. The problem I ran into though, is that the famous "Borders" and "Barnes and noble" don't carry too many of your books!! (maybe that's why Borders is going under now!) But eventually I found your primary book "Reasonable Faith" in a local Christian bookstore. The book was incredible. I think I have read it ten times now. After that read, I went on a year long investigation of God, and probably bought every book you have written on Amazon. I have read about all of them. I also got very into your debates, and would literally, grab my favorite food (chips and dip), and sit down on Friday and Saturday nights watching one debate after the next on youtube, or on your website. Since my investigation began, I have read over 100 books by numerous authors, including atheistic works, and theistic works. Your works have been nothing short of invaluable. I have almost completed my B.A at KU in philosophy and have challenged nearly every professor their with the knowledge that I have acquired from your works. Students in the classrooms have came up to me after classes asking where I learned what I learned, and I tell them about your works. I have changed my entire families outlook on life and on God. I have challenged all of my friends beliefs, if not changed them entirely because of your impact on my life. My dad listens to your pod casts every week now. The domino effect is hard to even explain because its so far and wide. I cant thank you enough for all that you do. I hope to eventually find a role in the field of apologetics, since there are so few who are up to the task. None of this would have ever been the case had your works not existed. Thank you!
I own a Slate Roofing company and occasionally discuss your arguments with my employees while working. On a recent trip to Detroit we listened to 3 of your debates on the existence of God. One believer and 2 "seekers" were really interested to see how you defended your arguments against the usual weak front offered by most of your opponents. They were amazed to see how disjointed the so-called "brights'" (as Mr. Sinclair referred to them last week) arguments were and could clearly see the difference in quality of the presentations (and they are roofers). You should also know that your brief testimony at the end of your debates was met with stone silence as (I would guess) God's Spirit hammered on their hearts. It is a miracle of modern technology that testimonies given years ago can still be effective today!
You have made such a difference for me. I have almost given up hope several times now on any Christian from any denomination actually rising up out of the trenches and meeting the new atheists head-on on the their own grounds, with compassion and respect. Thank you.
I have heard so much directed against the Christian faith lately that is overwhelmingly negative, mocking, jeering, insulting, and so on. I have seen friendship's thrown aside simply over the question of God, with the believer always being made the subject of derision.
But I have received your book, On Guard, and now feel like I have had a total boost to my confidence in terms of being able to actually defend my faith. Your book now occupies a proud position right alongside my favorite Christian thinkers like St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, and Blaise Pascal.
Thank you once again for giving me the strength to realize that I am not a "Dull", an idiot, a myth-lover, an evolutionary throwback, simply because of my faith. God bless you!
Thank you so much for the work that you do on behalf of our Savior. I have come to understand and defend my faith so much better as a result of the many podcasts of yours that I have listened to over the last several months. What I appreciate most is the attitude and demeanor that comes through on your podcasts as you defend the faith and confront the arguments offered over and against God and Christianity. Your example has helped me to radically alter how I approach the issues and arguments as I defend the truth. I have learned that people don't capitulate to a different world view simply based on sound arguments. Instead reason must be seasoned with gentleness, love, patience and humility. This is what you have taught me and this is what so many more Christians must learn. You are a good man and I hope someday to meet you.
I just wanted to offer my gratitude for your work and your faith. Although I came to Christ prior to encountering your work, I cannot even begin to tell you the tremendous influence you have had on my faith and my knowledge of God.
I feel as though I have been fully equipped to make a case for the faith and your work made the largest contribution to those convictions. The incredible amount of study and discipline you've placed into the work you do no doubt is shaking the gates of hell. I think many acknowledge your contribution to the intellectual world but perhaps have not mentioned the influence you are having in the spiritual realm!
Imagine, atheists are doubting their non-faith! I love it! I have been in incredible discussions with individuals much more qualified than I to teach in areas of philosophy and science and I cannot believe the reaction they are having when I present the arguments in the same fashion as you do. I've been diligently reading and reading and have gone through Reasonable Faith, Answering Critics, etc. and am moving on to the Blackwell Guide. Every single time I walk away astounded and eagerly reading scripture with a fervent desire to know God and His Son, Jesus.
Let this testimony be a simple reminder, Dr. Craig, that the work you do is not in vain and not just for academic excellence, but rather for the kingdom of Christ and for His glory. It is my sincere prayer that you continue to do more work and stand up for the faith that we all know, through the Holy Spirit, is true.
I went off to college 37 years ago, having been raised a Christian, who believed in the main tenets of the faith simply because everyone I knew and trusted believed in them. Once in college, in the mid 70s when atheism and anti religious sentiment was quite fashionable, this led to a process wherein daily intellectual and social assaults on my faith led eventually to a faith crisis that was so devastating that I still remember those dark times and have night mares about it to this day.
I wish to God that you had been around all those years ago. Having gone through a long period of utter despondency over the nihilistic implications of atheism, and although never self destructive, I finally came around, on my own, to subject atheism, and all the standard criticisms of theism and orthodox christian dogma to the same level of scrutiny as my professors did of theism. I find that your ministry of defense of the central tenets of Christianity to be extraordinary and only blind faith in materialism, or atheism, or fear of professorial peer pressure can stand against many of the insights that you have, and the broader counteroffensive that believers have made these past 20 years.
I also found that when I actually took up the Bible and read it for myself, that Jesus first asked his prospective disciples to follow him, not so much to believe in a preexistent body of beliefs about him. I have found that by actually trying to follow Jesus has made all the difference in my life. You have shown to me conclusively that the central tenets of the Christian faith are not an attempt to "believe ten impossible things before breakfast", but overall make the most sense, and even better yet, yield the most hope.
I have been a street cop in the worst neighborhoods of --------, made famous by several different police shows on TV for over 26 years. I have seen up close and personal more death and senseless violence than the vast majority of police officers ever see. These horrors, combined with the worldview of hopelessness and pointlessness that is the byproduct of pop nihilism could have driven me simply mad. Due in part to your ministry, intellect and powers you have brought to bear on what are the questions of the most profound import to our lives, you have shown Christianity to be quite credible, and along with asking Jesus into my life, to show himself to me, then joining a Christian community and with them attempting to practice Christ and Christianity, this has made an incredible impact in my life. Jesus offers us a new life, a better hope and a better way to be in this life, and in part due to your demonstrations, this is not a pie in the sky, wishful thinking hope, but rather is a set of beliefs not merely emotionally and spiritually satisfying, but cognitively persuasive as well. God bless you sir.
William Lane Craig has been the greatest influence on my spiritual and intellectual life to date. Soon after I became a Christian I began to ask questions and needed substance to base my faith on. I [randomly] found Dr. Craig's debate with Austin Dacey, which prompted me to listen to both sides carefully and to research more of Dr. Craig's work. If it were not for Dr. Craig and the Reasonable Faith ministry I'm convinced my faith and relationship with Christ would not be as strong as it is right now. I've since graduated with an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and I'm currently working on my Master's in Philosophy.
I appreciate Dr. Craig's transparence and passion for the gospel. When you listen to the Defender's Podcast (his Sunday school lessons) he will range from quantum mechanics and abstract objects to middle knowledge and tie it back to an application. It's more than lofty philosophical thought that suffices for comfortable theodicies. He addresses the honest questions of meaning, value, and purpose, questions that we all face and will question at some point. His work on the absurdity of life without God has allowed me to make sense of personal and existential questions of mine.
There's so much to Dr. Craig that we don't know about. I was privileged enough to meet him and know him better when he debated Michael Tooley at UNC Charlotte. I found out that he and his wife, Jan, pray for the users in the forum and was genuinely concerned and were prayerful for a certain situation that has been made known. He was personable and expressed care and attention to me while we spoke. He is a composed and tactful gentleman. (I need to learn from his patience when dealing with frustrating moments during debates and dialogues!) This fruit demonstrates that he's not a showboat. He's not in it for the money, publishing, or any other motivation. In his most recent newsletter, in closing, he stated, "In whatever circumstances you find yourself this Christmas, whether enjoying the warmth of family and church or perhaps alone serving God or country on a foreign field or facing times of economic hardship or struggling with health, we wish for you a Christmas filled with a consciousness of God's love, a love which would prompt Him to take on our broken human condition to bring us eternal life." This wasn't an impersonal "Merry Christmas," but an inclusive desire for relationship with God, for us to know his love. A love that overcomes our human condition and bring about atonement. He sympathizes with those who are serving (like my brother), with those who are facing financial problems, and with those who are sick or in pain. I always look forward to the monthly newsletters because I often feel as if it's a personal letter to me updating me on what he's up to.
Thank you, Dr. Craig, Jan, and the Reasonable Faith ministry, for making scholarship and ministry function together. You've been used by God for me (and I know many others) to have substance to my faith. Thank you for helping me have a reasonable faith. I'll be praying for you.
I'm writing to you to share with you what a tremendous impact your Reasonable Faith website has had on me and my whole family.
I have been listening to your Defenders-podcasts as I'm at home on maternity leave with my baby and have just finished the sections on doctrine of God and the Trinity. I'd just like to share with you one incident of my everyday life of how your teaching bears out.
Last night as I was putting my firstborn four-year-old daughter to bed, she wanted me to stay next to her because she was scared of staying in her room by herself. I told her she needn't be afraid because God is everywhere, so He's there even with her. We then sang a relevant familiar Sunday school song. I also told her that God knows everything, even her fears. She looked at me with a very serious expression, obviously in deep thought. Then it was as if a light came on her face and she exclaimed: "Mummy, now I understand how God can know everything – it's because He created everything!" This serves to show, I think, that even a young child is capable of pondering these deep issues and can have considerable insight!
Last night as I was putting my firstborn four-year-old daughter to bed, she wanted me to stay next to her because she was scared of staying in her room by herself. I told her she needn't be afraid because God is everywhere, so He's there even with her. We then sang a relevant familiar Sunday school song. I also told her that God knows everything, even her fears. She looked at me with a very serious expression, obviously in deep thought. Then it was as if a light came on her face and she exclaimed: "Mummy, now I understand how God can know everything – it's because He created everything!" This serves to show, I think, that even a young child is capable of pondering these deep issues and can have considerable insight!
i would first like to say that i absolutely love your work. two summers ago i went to Santa Cruz, CA with Campus Crusade for Christ on a summer project. on the way there I listened to a lecture series about the historical Jesus by Bart Ehrman. not the best thing to hear before a summer project! i was already at a place where i was about to walk away from my faith and this didn't help. But i decided i would give my faith a fighting chance. i spent the first month of project reading apologetics, and to my surprise i found that a lot of Ehrman's claims had solid Christian answers! Your work helped me a lot. in many ways your solid research helped saved what was left of my faith and helped me realize that I had an emotional problem with God more than a intellectual one. i'm still working through stuff, but i'm so thankful for someone who can make a stand for Christ in an intellectual way. so few dare too. sadly, a friend i went out there with was in the same boat spiritually as me, but as of now has walked away from the faith. please pray for him.
Your ministry has been the catalyst that has renewed my 'first love' and passion for my faith, apologetics, and a new zeal to get back on a path of sanctification, spiritual growth, and lay ministry.
I came to Christ at a young age (Fourth grade), become very passionate about my faith in late High School, participated in all kinds of ministry including Bible teaching, Children's church and adult Sunday School teaching/apologetics in my 20's. After a major moral failure of our pastor at that time, I myself lapsed into moral failure, divorce, and all kind of trials and tribulations for the next 3 decades. I never 'lost' my faith, but I lost the will to grow, mature, and exercise spiritual gifts in ministry.
A few years back my walk with Christ began a renewal and repentance phase. This phase brought me to a point of again seeking answers to all my questions about the nature of God, my relationship to Him, and the very difficult intellectual and philosophical issues that have been disturbing to me, and weighing on my faith for decades.
Having now encountered your ministry, read several of your books, gone through dozens of your systematic theological and philosophical expositions of various doctrines from the video and audio resources on your website, I'd like to thank you and thank God for using you, to bring my focus back to a passionate zeal to know God, know his purposes, understand his truth, and become another voice for faith in Christ, amidst a world that desperately needs genuine answers to life's most difficult questions.
I have especially appreciate the way that Dr. Craig provides logically, philosophically sound, in depth arguments and alternatives, for some of the very toughest questions that Christians and non Christians wrestle with.
The 'moral' argument for God for example, is an extremely compelling one when dealing with non believers, or believers who are struggling with their faith because they percieve that God allows too much evil, etc Just today, I came across an Atheist philospher article I am sure Dr. Craig is already aware of, which provides total confirmation of the points Dr. Craig has made in his debates, lessons, and books, about the moral argument for God.
Thank you so much for the excellent apologetics ministry, for which I know of no other such broadly scoped and deeply developed peer in Christendom. My hope and prayer is that you inspire hundreds, to thousands, to millions of believers to become a more effective witness in today's world and to renew their passion for knowing God, through Christ, in a deeper and more life changing way, as you have inspired me to do after decades of languishing.
I would first like to say how appreciative I am of your work. I am a recently married Army officer towards the end of my third deployment currently serving in Northern Iraq. Since becoming a Christian at age 15 I've always had a heart for the lost and loved apologetic resources as this was the means to which I found faith. Out here in the desert I have read the Third Edition of Reasonable Faith as well as discovered your pod cast ( Defenders and Reasonable Faith), both have been a real blessing in my life. I listen to them over and over again, I take notes in my free time and I must admit that the once pristine copy of Reasonable Faith is highlighted and sticky noted up beyond recognition now. I say all this just to express how grateful I am. This deployment has been more taxing on me than usual and discovering these resources was definitely part of God's plan, you have shined a light in a dark place and I only hope that someday I might be able to help someone as much as you've helped me.
Hi, my name is Mitchell. I am a 17yo from Brisbane, Australia. Wasn’t sure exactly how to contact Dr. Crag but this is where I found myself. I would just like to thank him for everything he has done and continues to do. On Guard is THE best book I’ve ever purchased. I also bought Reasonable Faith and downloaded every podcast he has. I am now able to confidently debate my atheist friends and evangelize to others wherever I am. Often when I go to parties I often find myself debating or just answering questions from non-believers around me. I am trying to be a light in an otherwise dark place and would not be equipped to do it without his help. Thank-you Dr. Craig!!! Be blessed!
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put in to bringing rationality back into Christian culture and bringing Christ back into academic culture. I had heard so many negative things about philosophy over my life; Christians appeared to shy away in fear of what answers might be brought up by this mysterious subject, so dominated by atheists. So to hear, in 2004, about a Christian philosopher (an oxymoron, I thought) who was visiting Manchester University to explain how "life without God is absurd", despite being a Christian, I was a little skeptical (sorry). By the end of the talk, however, I was blown away! I had never heard anyone provide evidence, other than that of Christ, for God's existence, let alone several discrete arguments (my favourite was the moral argument - so neat!). I am now an avid listener to your Defenders podcast, reader of your Question of the Week, viewer of your debates and I'm working my way through a number of your books. I also hope to embark on a MA in Philosophy next year. Thanks for inspiring me.
Wow! I must say, I think that the ministry and revolution, that I think you are leading, is much needed in our society. I took an intro to philosophy class at my college a year ago, and ever since I have been studying it all the time. It wasn’t too long after that, I stumbled upon one of your videos on youtube, and I have been following them ever since hah. I have been studying the Ontological Argument and the Moral Argument for the past 6 months, and have been able to talk to about 20-30 people about them (Atheist, Naturalist, Agnostic and Christian alike). I’m also a part of a breakdancing website where I have quoted some of your arguments and expanded on other areas of our faith to talk to different Atheists and Agnostics about them. I pray almost everyday that I may reach people through the intellectual side of our faith, that so many Christians ignore or never even realize is there.
I came to know about you thanks to an atheist, ha, ha. I was once reading post from an atheist friend on Facebook. In that post written by himself he described you as "el cuco de los ateos" (something like a boogeyman for the atheists). So I started to look for information about this person which an atheist considers someone to fear. I noted the name William Lane Craig. I started to watch Youtube videos about you on debates for God existence, videos about how you refute and totally disarticulate arguments from very well known atheists like Dawkins, Hitchens and Atkins. So, thanks to that atheist friend I came to know that there are intelligent people like me that defend faith and God. As for today I have purchased books from you like: Reasonable Faith, Hard Questions Real Answers and On Guard. I got them for my iPad Kindle and iBook apps so keep the electronic versions coming. I'm planning on getting a few more like "The Case for Christ" from Lee Strobel. Also I have downloaded the Reasonable Faith and Defenders podcasts for my iPhone. Thanks to you a new faith and God defender is growing.
Just wanted to give you a very heartfelt thanks for all you do. Your book, Reasonable Faith, was the catalyst on my journey towards becoming a true Christian. During my first semester of college I took a class on the New Testament, thinking it would be nice to see these books from a purely historical perspective. The textbook we used was written by Bart Ehrman, whom I did not know of at the time. Needless to say, as the semester progressed, my faith became smaller and smaller. I frantically searched for answers for around nine months, but I didn't know where to look. One day I happened across one of your debates on YouTube. I had never seen someone stand up for Christianity with such forceful logic and precision, it was a welcomed relief to say the least. To make a long story short, I have completely turned my spiritual life around to the point where I run a small blog defending Christianity (something I never would have dreamt of before). I now know why I believe the things I believe, which is priceless. There is no doubt that it was the Lord who took me through this journey, but your ministry was the tool He used. I'm sure my story is mirrored in so many other college students who go through this every year, especially in this increasingly secularized environment. You truly are a light in the darkness.
2 Cor. 1:4
If I may say so, I think these forums are great! Amongst an internet of
darkness, lies, stupidity, and insincerity, these forums genuinely seem to be a
place where thinking, calm, normal people can discuss the biggest of issues. I
find here not apathetic "tolerance" (I fear post modernism) but legitimate
concern for each other. I credit Christ, because this is the internet, after
all. Yet here we are! In a sensible, cool-headed place to discuss God!
I have visited many ... forums in my time. I raise a virtual pint to everybody here, both theist or not, for making this place truly a place of "substantive, irenic discussion of issues raised in Dr. Craig's work." I feel God working.
I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your website and learning from all your hard work! Thank you. I was feeling quite dry in my christian expereince, almost as though it has been too intellectually focused and lacking in spirit. But to my surprise after recently reflecting on the teleological and cosmological arguments as well as the argument from desire, I have felt an enormous boost in my spirit. When I go outside and look at something as simple as a mundane leaf, or feel a cold breeze, or the sunshine on my back, or when I see families together and people laughing and having fun, I actually feel a presence of God and a deep awareness of his goodness to me, and it makes me feel so thankful. So I no longer feel that the mind and the heart are so separate, I think God's Spirit brings the truth the life and it becomes even more beautiful! Keep going you're doing a great job!
My name is Linda and I am a member of Saddleback Church. I first heard you teach when you came last year as part of Pastor Rick's Lecture series. I immediately found your podcast on your website and have downloaded the entire Defenders series. I absolutely love it. I teach women's Bible Studies at Saddleback and am always seeking to deepen my knowledge of and relationship with Jesus. I am a stay-at-home mom, and so can not afford (nor do I have the time) to go to seminary. I have found, though, that your classes provide incredible depth and tons of food for thought. You are helping me to understand these essential truths at significantly deeper levels.
I just want to thank you for the site and the ongoing discussions that you make available. I am a Christian who has questioned the existence of God through out my life. Because I was not aware reasons for the existence of God I relied on my own pondering and emotions. During tough times I would conclude that God did not exist and during good time I concluded that He did exist. This was horrible... After discovering the site I am now able to remind myself of the Kalam and cosmological arguments and have a more steady walk with the Lord. While I don't have a philosophy background I do enjoy reading the content on the site. I really appreciate the tone used during debates and in answering questions. Sometimes, I can't follow the arguments (due to lack of philosophy background) but I am able to follow the tone in them. Thank you for making this available to the world and thank you for explaining things in the popular articles for the lay people like myself. Your work has truly impacted my life.
I would just like to express my gratitude that you guys came all the way to South Africa. I really enjoyed your debate and found it very refreshing and motivational to see Christians speak and conduct themselves with so much confidence. South Africa had a very restricted (conservative dull) idea of what a Christian should act like, and for many other reasons we often have a "don't mind me I'm just a little Christian" attitude. Our country has also had so many changes in the last couple of years, which has resulted in a confusing array of Christian denominations and ideas. In short, your confident, well prepared and bold manner was an excellent example of something I find missing in most of our churches.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the seminar talks and hoped you enjoyed meeting some South Africans! Your visit was an absolute blessing and I hope you return soon.
On Wed. nights I host a group humorously called "Pick On Christian Wed." I use much of your material from the Reasonable Faith text (among others). One of the most powerful arguments that we discuss is the Kalaam Cosmological Argument. One of our young women traveled to China for an extended mission trip and reported back to us that the Chinese students were blown away by the KCA!!!! A few came to Christ and are seriously intrigued and have been impacted heavily (to say the least)!!! What great news to start the day with!! Thank you so much for your work and keep thinking, as to challenge us to keep up! Look at the impact! To God be the glory.
I want to thank you for your life changing ministry. I have enjoyed a terrific confidence with sharing my faith since discovering your site & debates on God's existence.
As a speaker at a youth camp in Tui Ridge, Rotorua, NZ, last week, I was able to sit down in the cafeteria with a Chinese exchange student who had not believed in God since being taught as a young child about evolution in his school in China. I briefly shared four reasons to believe there probably is a God when he suddenly declared "I believe in Jesus". He said to me he was amazed by what I'd shared with him. "I've been an atheist since age 6 and after talking with you for 10 minutes I now believed in God!" I was amazed at how simple it was to share what I'd learned from you. So thanks so much for what you're doing & please keep it up.
I just wanted to pass on some encouragement to you. I am a junior at Texas A&M University and I am in an introduction to philosophy class. Yesterday, we were discussing the Teleological aggument as a basis for the existence of a all powerful God. It is a secular setting and can be very intimidating. My prayer walking in to the classroom was that through my voice or someone elses the truth would be spoken. Thanks to the Lord enabling me with resources from Reasonable faith and the talk Dr. Craig gave at Watermark Church in Dallas, I spoke the truth in my class with confidence. It is so freeing to know that Jesus Christ and our Lord has incredible amounts of explanatory power, even in secular academic classrooms.
Thank you for your time and resouces for a worthy cause. May we continue to be ambassadors of truth in a growing secular world.
I realize that nearly every Christian perusing this site owes you a tremendous debt and wants to thank you for for service in the Kingdom. However, one more won't hurt, will it? As someone who owns many of your books and has watched/listened/read transcripts of the majority of your debates, I merely wanted to express my personal gratitude and indebtedness. Often the butterfly effect is mentioned when rebutting the problem of evil, but it seems to me that most people don't take the time to look at the butterfly effect when discussing the service and acts of the Christian faithful. Accordingly, although I know you realize you have made a difference, I can attest that you have no idea (atleast experientially) how enormous your influence has been; even on people that have never heard of you! Your articulate defense of the faith provides a substratum for Christian thinkers to come, regroup, rest and return to the community confident and well prepared.
Consequently, and particularly on my college campus, people are discussing your arguments who have never seen one of your debates, read one of your books or even heard your name! I realize that you can conceptualize this phenomenon, but it surely cannot be fully grasped without actually experiencing it. In fact, if you were fully aware of your impact, Dr. Craig, you might even struggle with humility; that's how large is has been! And therefore, I want to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight, remind you of how much God is using your ministry and thank you for making a significant difference in my life and those around me.
Through a series of coincidences and serendipity, I somehow found my way to this site which I credit, at least in part, with yanking me from my stubborn agnosticism to theism and keeping me there. I have attended Lutheran church since I was five, but never honestly believed everything I was hearing. I would look up and peer around the church as we were singing a hymn or saying a prayer and wonder, "Are we all just sheep? Have I been brainwashed into a hoax?"
Then, somehow, I came across atheismisdead.blogspot.com. Now I don't exactly see eye-to-eye all the time with the admin there, but he linked this site in one of his most recent posts. I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I only first heard of William Lane Craig two weeks ago.
What finally drove me to search for answers was an internet forum debate about religion, which I lost horribly. It's like Dr. Craig said in one of his podcasts, some degree of apologetics must be combined with Sunday School if there is to be any hope of our children being able to defend their worldviews. I have actually downloaded every Reasonable Faith and Defenders podcast and put them on my mp3 player to listen to at my job which fortunately is a delivery job. What's amazing is that, not only do I learn something every podcast, I have one of my beliefs changed at a fundamental level every time.
The one that has affected me most so far was when he said to stop thinking that the point of this world is our personal happiness. It seems almost common sense, but you don't know how backwards my worldview was. I have ordered a couple things from the store, including the RF workbook that I am going to show my pastor when it arrives to see about setting up a chapter here, or at least incorporate apologetics into our Sunday School.
I can't really say enough. Thank you so much for making me feel less self-conscious about my beliefs and realizing that there are an enormous amount of logical arguments out there supporting them, even in the midst of so much bunk. Oh, and one more thing. I was lucky enough to nab a radio gig recently at a small podunk radio station in Central Jersey. Currently I just play country music, but I'm going to make a promise right now. Should I ever make it to the big time and get my own national program, Dr. Craig is going to be my first guest. I want to be part of this project and do whatever I can to help it along.
First of all, I apologize for my English. I haven't taken English classes ever, so my English comes from movies, music and my own studies. Second, this is a very personal mail. I hope not to bother you.
My name is — —, I'm a Chilean undergraduate, now finishing my licenciatura on philosophy (something like a bachelor). I want you to know how helpful you have been for me and for many people here in Chile, and want you to ask you for some information, which I think will be useful for my future work on apologetics.
I am 22 years old and am a "new" Christian. I have been one for almost two years, before that time, I was a militant atheist. I never intended to become a religious person, and certainly not a Christian. But, then, one day I was sitting in front of my computer, reading the news and, suddenly, became aware that there is a God, and that Christ is God Incarnated. Just like that. And that day changed my life. I struggled all my life with depressions, with pain and the lack of meaning of life. Not anymore.
But for a very long time I was ashamed of my faith. Me a Christian? All my friends were atheists, my father was, my (former) girlfriend, etc. And I had no good reasons to "justify" my change. I was silent about it. The one person who was there for me was a friend who was also struggling with her doubts. Now she is a Christian (again) and she is now my girlfriend.
And, one day, I started to read analytic philosophy. van Inwagen, Rea, Merricks, Zimmerman. I didn't know anything about good philosophy, so I started with the problem of material composition. And it turned out that they were Christians! I discovered that so many good philosophers were Christians, I was happy! However, I still had not good arguments for my beliefs, so I was not a complete out-spoken Christian. But this year I took a course with a excellent professor and philosopher (at another university! Mine is "liberal" - i.e. very atheist -. He offered me the course for free! God's hand.). The course was "The existence of God". There I read so many good papers, and there I discovered your work. It changed my life, literally. I read as much as it is available on line (I had no money to buy the books by amazon). I found that your arguments were so strong that I felt God was telling me "There you have! Stop being silly, and spread the word! Be a good Christian!" I watched your debates on youtube, they were a real help. I decided to become a good philosopher to be able to defend the faith here in Chile. Among my friends and any person I knew.
Then I sent your debates and articles to many atheists friends. Many of them now are agnostics but with a desire to know more about Christ, and some of them are now on their way to be out-spoken Christians. My girlfriend is also very grateful, because, although she doesn't study philosophy, she is now starting to study your work. And she also watches your videos. I try to help her with her doubts, and you help me to do that.
Here in Chile there are steps towards a society of Christian Philosophers, and I was the one who proposed the idea. If this project succeeds, you will have some responsibility on that! That big is the impact you have made on me! You gave me confidence. And not only, not at all, for your philosophical work. It is also you commitment to faith, your example, which I found amazing. We talk, my girlfriend and I, about how wonderful Christian life your wife and you live. Your christian commitment is what we aspire to as a couple.
Now, I want to be able to defend Christianity. And seeing the impact of your debates among my friends, I think that debates are an excellent way to do it. But, unfortunately, I don't know how to debate properly. I want to know whether you know some book or some method to improve one's skills. I would be very grateful for any information.
Finally, I want you to thank you for all your work. I am sure you and your wife will continue touching people's minds and hearts, as you touched mine.
This isn't a question. I just want to express my thankfulness to you and your ministry, including everyone involved in it. Your answer to the most recent question posed by Mark brought me to my knees and reminded me that I need to continually come before my precious Lord, my Creator and Saviour and stay connected in a right relationship to Him. Sometimes a hard heart can creep up on me without me realising it. Head knowledge is so important and I'm so grateful to you for the wealth of resources you offer but, also running through it all is clearly your love and tender heart toward our loving Father and the Holy Spirit's living waters flow through your words to me. For me, you strike a perfect balance. Thank you again.
I am writing to thank you for coming to Oregon State University on Monday to debate Dr. Stenger on the existence of God.
I teach Philosophy and Religion at Chemeketa Community College in Salem , OR , and I was glad to attend Monday’s debate as well as to publicize it so that my students could come.
On a personal note, I have found your debates and Reasonable Faith ministry meaningful. As someone who was raised Catholic, largely abandoned his faith for a stoic existentialism while serving in the Marine Corps, re-embraced Roman Catholicism, took a detour into Zen Buddhism, studied with enthusiasm under Marcus Borg, and ultimately came to saving faith in Christ I have found your thoughtful, compassionate, and rigorous approach to Philosophy of great value.
As I listened to you Monday night, I was as energized as I have ever been while listening to a public presentation or dialogue/debate.
And, may the Lord bless you in your work and ministry!
Thanks for the information. This simple attention shows how much you are serious about the Christian faith - and this motivates me to persist in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Actually writing from Brazil, more specifically the city of Salvador in Bahia. I knew the work of Dr. Craig four years ago by one of his books had been translated into Portuguese. I was so early in the second year of theology at the Baptist College studying Brazilian modern liberal theology and especially the his torical critical Bible as if it were the best method for understanding the Bible.
It was a difficult period for me because I started to lose my faith in God and respect for the church. I began to criticize the Christian churches, with reason and without reason. Pastors have become the target of my jokes and rudeness. Allow me dive into the world of modern theology. I tried to read everything: Albrecht Ritschl, Oscar Cullmann, Karl Barth, Reinhold Niebuhr, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Rudolf Bultmann, Paul Tillich, Barth Ehrman and others.
I remember once, the teacher of Harvard University, Dr. Harvey Cox, was in Brazil to work. He spoke at the Baptist College of Salvador with the theme "Theology and class differences." One of his students, graduated from Harvard University, was my professor of systematic theology. I remember his lectures were just about the Theology of Liberation. We studied the thought of Jürgen Moltmann, Gustavo Gutierrez, Leonardo Boff, Martin Luther King - Classes of Theology more like philosophy classes - but a reductionist philosophy, only the Marxist philosophy.
As a seminary without a solid foundation began to hate God and reject it. However, the days went by, and my heart suffered the lack of me aning in all this. Although he had decided to reject God, while not find meaning in that choice. How could I reject God? How to blame God for the suffering in the world? How to criticize the Church because of past mistakes? I was transferring the experience of these men to my experience. That was cowardice on my part, because every year I lived in the church, was loved by all those people.
When God cast out of my life, feeling he no longer had any sound basis to determine something as right or wrong. In search of a philosophical basis plunged into the works of men like Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Feuerbach, Freud, Marx, among others. Although he learned a lot from all of them, you can not get rid of God. All this reading were important to my training, however, still can not agree with them. The book "The Antichrist", the German philosopher Nietzsche, I could see only a man angry at Christianity. I am not sure, it seemed to me that Nietzsche had some painful childhood experiences with religion, because their words were only hostility. I am not convinced of anything of what he was saying.
That was when reading the works of Christian thinkers such as C. S. Lewis, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, RC Sprull, Alister McGrath, and especially of Dr. William Lane Craig, I began to see that it is possible to reconcile faith with reason and it was possible to combat those arguments. I realized that it is possible to be a Christian and at the same time feed the intellect. It is possible to reconcile Christian faith with academic life. From there I went to change the view embraced the faith again.
As Dr. Craig 'the average Christian does not realize that there is an intellectual battle being waged in universities, in journals and in professional circles. Enlightenment naturalism and anti-realism postmodern joined in unholy alliance against a broadly theistic worldview, and specifically Christian '( CRAIG. William L. Philosophy and Christian Worldview. P.16).
I agree with Dr. Craig. I realize that this does not happen only in the United States but also throughout Europe, and strangely enough also in Brazil. Although it has been colonized by a Christian country (Portugal), the basis of Brazilian universities is markedly influenced by the French parent company. The motto 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity' is still remembered in the classrooms of universities in Brazil. The majority of Brazilian teachers are agnostics or atheists. Not by chance the Elite Brazilian (people of influence) are averse to religion, especially Christianity.
These are some of the problems we face. So I think we need an apology that also answers to th ese questions. These are issues of morality and ethics that has to do with the church and gospel. I accepted the invitation of Dr. Craig 'Christians can not remain indifferent to the outcome of this struggle. For the most impor tant institution specifies how Western culture is the University "( CRAIG. William L. Philosophy and Christian Worldview. P.16).
So I embraced this fight here in Brazil. I have tried to study the works of Dr. Craig and prepare myself as much as possible to present a gospel that dialogue with the reality and needs of the people. At the same time, a gospel that is supported by tools such as history, theology, philosophy, among others. We n eed an apology also here in Brazil.
My prayer is that this ministry continues to be a blessing in the lives of many, as it was in my life. Today I'm sure if it was the contact with the literature Christian apologetics, especially with the texts of Dr. Craig, he would have abandoned the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Soli Deo gloria!
I wasn't sure where I could send this email, but thought the testimonial section was as good as any. I just got done watching your 1997 debate with Islamic apologist Dr. Jamal Badawi on Youtube... not sure you remember that debate, but I was astonished to see that he was actually quoting from the book "Jesus Christ is Not God" for his John Hick quote as a legitimate source against the traditional Greek translation for John 20:28. I don't know if you ever followed up on this or not, but the book "Jesus Christ is Not God" was written by Victor Paul Wierwille, the founder and president of The Way International, which is (or rather was) a non-trinitarian Christian cult that gained popularity during the Jesus Freak period. I family a member of that cult from the time of my birth in 1975 till we left The Way around 89. It was so weird hearing Dr. Badawi debate, because as he was going along I could hear, practically word for word, things the Way highlighted and preached. When Dr. Badawi started waving JCiNG around I gasped. He might as well have been waving around Watch Tower literature. I don't think Dr. Badawi was at all prepared for your reply, that you had actually earned your doctorate of Philosophy under Professor Hick, nor did he seem to have a clear grasp on how the Biblical canon came about, and he totally missed your reference to The Infancy Gospel of Thomas. It surprised me to see an apologist and a professor so ill prepared. Anyways, I know it was a long time ago, but thank you for all your hard work.
Because of The Way's indoctrination, I was extremely confused about the nature of the Trinity most of my life, and continue to deal with questions I know that God will eventually answer. Your work on explaining the nature of the Trinity has helped in clearing some of the confusion and I wanted to thank you for that.
I don't know how you do what you do sometimes. Your work is such a blessing to my life, and if you're not planning on leaving Talbot any time soon, I hope some day to study under you.
I have plaigerized more from you, JP and Dallas Willard to the extent I should probably be in Gitmo. You guys have not only defended the faith but have armed a lot of Christians and made them very dangerous Pray that God continues to bless your ministry.
I want to give you an idea how much your ministry helps me in my faith. I come from a very intellectual family. My father graduated from Yale, and has been teaching there for over 40 years. My mother graduated from Harvard and has a masters in Philosophy. I have a masters in science. I have lots of very challenging questions, and I have discovered through your ministry that others have challenging questions too. Your courage, your wisdom and your intellect in taking on the most difficult of queries, and answering them in ways that are both profoundly logical and biblically sound is truly an encouragement. I just finished reading your book "God is Great, God is Good" and was so impressed by the line-up of apologists you included in that text, that I went ahead and ordered a copy of "The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology." Keep up the outstanding work in Christ, and if at all possible, come to Yale University to lecture sometime.
I just wanted to say I was happy to give the little I can to your website and it's causes. I can't say enough good things about William Lane Craig. When I first stumbled upon him I didn't even know what christian apologetics was by definition. What I did know is that it that it was exactly what I needed. The intelligence and articulation with which he spoke about christianity had my jaw dropped. I couldn't get enough of his videos and debates. For me nobody can compare with WLC in regards to defending christianity. I strongly believe he is exactly what christianity and these times need. I hope I will have the honor and privilege to meet him and shake his hand one day. I'm sure I'm only one of the many thousands hugely effected by his diligent work.
You have been an incredible blessing to many of us in South Africa. I stumbled onto your website and you have become my only rescource in my defending of the faith, and i might add have been 100% successful using your arguments. We do not have scholars like you on this continent, and many people grab your type of logic and evidence with both hands, many of the young people here are starved of such material, and atheism in africa is simply a product of ignorance and indoctrination. Dawkins and Spong are quite widely read here and they are very intelligent men, however, when your arguments are pitted againsed their writings, they become merely disgruntled, bitter old men. It is a blessing to see how the youngsters eyes light up when they are presented with the logical arguments that you present.
Back in April, Paula and I walked into Chase Gymnasium for what the front page of the next day's Whittier Daily News called "The Great Debate." Biola philosopher William Lane Craig and the popular anti-theist Christopher Hitchens, before an audience of over 4,000 on campus and thousands more watching "live" across the nation and internationally, debated the existence of God…. Biola University stood tall as we hosted what I believe to be one of the most significant events in our recent past. It was truly one of the university's more "electric" moments….I shared by letter with Dr. Craig my profound appreciation for his thoughtful articulation, his respectful demeanor, his keen intellect and his unashamedness of the gospel. This was Biola University at her best, engaging in the world of ideas without apology or cowardice.
— President Barry Corey
I have so much to thank you for--your scholarship, your generosity, your website to which I routinely turn for insight, your love for Jesus. There is so much. Today, however, I want to thank you specifically for your more personal narrative on how you came to earn two doctorates. I was researching something on your site for a paper last week when I somehow came across your retelling of the story. I read it and wept. Freely. Thank you. Sincerely, thank you for sharing this so that I could share it further.
I finished my first year [teaching] at the University of Oklahoma today. I taught intro to philosophy for both the Fall and Spring semesters. I ended each semester playing your debate with Austin Dacey (Part 1). The students in class were so impressed with your arguments, your ability to respond charitably to Dacey's arguments (in such a short amount of time), and manifesting the true virtue of tolerance. A lot of Christians were encouraged to see their worldview defended at Purdue and in our classroom. I was so happy to be able to refer them to your website for additional resources. Even though I have been away from Talbot for a few years, you and your ministry are always close to my heart. I find myself frequently thanking the Lord for all the ways He continues to use you to bless my life, in addition to countless others.
Craig has done 20+ years of Ph.D+ level research in the two fields he debates, has published hundreds of academic books and papers on both subjects, and has been debating since high school. So yeah, that's right. You are not qualified to debate William Lane Craig. Richard Carrier? Austin Dacey? Quentin Smith? Bart Ehrman? You are not qualified to debate William Lane Craig. Louise Antony? Christopher Hitchens? Eddie Tabash? You are not qualified to debate William Lane Craig. Frank Zindler? Gerd Ludermann? Hector Avalos? You are not qualified to debate William Lane Craig. "What about some people who would like to debate Craig?" Mark Smith? John Loftus? You are not qualified to debate William Lane Craig. "Okay, well, is anyone qualified to debate William Lane Craig?" Nobody comes to mind….
— Common Sense Atheism website
Let me just add that I consume LOTS of MP3s on theology, Christian philosophy, and science & religion. I get materials from…random places across the Internet, and reasonablefaith.org is the site to beat. It should be the model for all of its peers in terms of its comprehensive coverage of Dr. Craig's teachings, the structure of its offerings, interaction with its consumers, integration of Dr. Craig's personality on the site, and, last but far from least, audio quality. Your obvious commitment to audio quality pays off. (And, in my opinion, Dr. Craig and N. T. Wright are the two most engaging and listenable voices in today's public theology discourse.) My hat's off to your team for providing a top-notch – and free! – resource to a hungry public.
Your articles have been of tremendous help to me. I can't thank you enough. I have a group of gay acquaintances who are rabidly anti-God. I can understand that they feel this way because of rejection by the church: but I wasn't going to let them use that as an excuse... I've been able to use information from your debates to talk to them about God and to discuss logically His existence, His love and saving grace. Yesterday one of them told me that I was the first Christian he's met who didn't knuckle under, but could instead speak rationally and intelligently about what I believe. (Well, a lot of it was yours.) It is truly a shame that many Christians don't study enough to logically and intelligently share our beliefs with others. No wonder some people believe that we just believe in pie in the sky. Thanks once again and may God continue to use you and to bless you!
I am currently working through an 8 week intensive with our high schoolers in our small-rural church. The topic, apologetics. The primary resource, Reasonable Faith. I want to report: they get it, they love it and are truly engaged. There's nothing more encouraging then hearing a college-bound, high school senior quote you, Dr Craig. And today, looooong after class, I heard the kids still verbally working through concepts, telling one another their argument's reasoning was flawed, helping each other clarify points. And it was then, the Spirit moved upon my heart to write to you and say, thank you. Dr Craig, thank you for your contribution. It has truly made a difference!
We (Alabama Teen Challenge) already have cirriculum on the topic of growing through failure in our Group Studies For New Christians class "Growing Through Failure." I have also sat all the guys in our center down for a chapel and played them the Defenders podcast on "The Holy Spirit." I have been so encouraged to have a resource to share with others that presents an articulate, balanced, and biblical understanding on being filled with the Holy Spirit. His work is going on to touch the lives of those who had once been hopeless and living a life bound by addiction.
I just wanted to say that William Lane Craig, empowered by the Holy Spirit, rocks my socks off! It is so wonderful to be able to view/read his debates and articles. I've got the new RF 3rd ed. Thanks a ton. I hope Dr. Craig and his career live on until the Lord comes back. Hang in there. Take lots of multivitamins and such. And omega 3 fatty acids. You just keep think, think, thinking away and writing, and I'll be waiting here with my fork and knife. Thank you for your website and your work.
I just wanted to say thank you, so much, from the bottom of my heart for your work. I found your site about 4 months ago, when I was struggling deeply with trying to find a reasonable basis for my faith. I googled your name and found your website..and started listening and reading. Then I bought Hard Questions, Real Answers, all the while praying for strength to pull me through this MAJOR period of doubt. I just want to thank you SO MUCH for your resources over the last few months, I seriously don't know what would have happened without them to me. You have helped to bring me back on track, and saved me, too, from giving up on being a christian. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
I am a sophomore at Ohio University. In April I attended the Veritas Forum where you spoke and my life changed. That day I went in to your lecture not knowing it had anything to do with God and the Lord Jesus--in fact I was invited by a Christian at work and we did not even know each others names! When listening I was shocked to hear the logical arguments you presented for there being a god and that Jesus exist. While you gave your testimony on the first night I knew my life would never be the same. Now I finally have true happiness and peace by knowing that the Lord exist and loves me.
I want to thank you for your presentation last Thursday at UMass. It was the first time I had met you after two years of watching you online, and as great and uplifting as the online is, the real thing is extraordinary. The most telling moment of the evening came during the Q & A portion of the debate. At one point, Prof. Antony turned to you and said, "I wonder how you have any friends at all". This moment was extremely revealing, and the reaction of some in the audience and you, Dr. Craig, I thought did more to serve God's purpose that evening than perhaps anything else that was said. And what was your reaction to the comment? Nothing but a truly loving smile fueled by the Holy Spirit that lives in you. This comment had the unintended consequence of demonstrating how authentic Christians respond when persecuted and provided a window into what a relationship with God provides.
Greetings from Shanghai! We met last year when you are here speaking at Fudan University. Some amazing stories happened here after the symposium last year. We were able to follow up some of the interested students from the lectures. Several people who went to your final lecture came to faith afterward. I hope God will use you and your fellows in great ways to empower his work here in China.
I am 36 years old and a full time lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia. I am always talking about you and your work, both to my students and colleagues. In early November last year I was given my final result for a Ph.D at Macquarie University. In many ways you have been my main supervisor. When my work seemed to being going nowhere, I immediately looked to you, who you are, the way you present yourself as a Christian and your magnificent debates. It was you Dr. Craig who gave me the strength to finish well. And so I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In January, I lost my mother to breast cancer. I have to tell you that during her battle with cancer, it was your many debates and the way you presented yourself as both a believer and as a scholar that gave my mother so much more strength to continue the fight. She loved your work and especially how you presented the Gospel and done so always as a gentleman. Thank you Dr. Craig, you helped give my mum nearly 3 more years of life, 3 special years that the doctors said she shouldn't have had.
I just want to thank you for taking the time to answer my query concerning the moral argument. I was so shocked to discover that my question was actually chosen. I really liked your answer...so much so that I am even more of a fan of the moral argument than before. I gave some of your writings to an atheist co-worker. After reading your material I think his exact words were, "I couldn't believe it? Every criticism and question I had which my former paster could never answer THIS GUY ANSWERED! It was like he read my mind! He really messed me up, but I think I want to be a Christian now. He removed the biggest obstacle I have long had—thinking that Christianity was blind faith and could not exist in an intelligent mind."