Comments on the impact of Dr. William Lane Craig's work and the resources at ReasonableFaith.org
I have recently resumed listening to your teaching on the Defenders podcast and I am so refreshed. I was a disciple of yours for several years and really benefited from your insight. However, over time I began listening to and reading other authors and teachers (Calvinists), slowly moving leftward and cold, losing my excitement about Jesus. I suppose this is always a struggle when diving into academic study. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you, for showing others that academic rigor does not require giving up youthful excitement and sincerity that comes with knowing God. I find it so easy to turn the study of theology into a power grab within the Church, or a protection from outsiders, instead of sincere searching to become more intimate with God. I appreciate your commitment and excitement to proclaim Jesus to the lost and to share your conversion story like it's the best thing that ever happened to you. Your emphasis on evangelism is so important and reflects the heart of God, something I missed when studying other works. Having returned to your work, I am deeply encouraged and feel like I've come back home. You have been like a spiritual father to me and I'm sure to many others. Thank you.
Dear Dr. William Craig and brethren at Reasonable Faith,
I've recently learned about your podcasts and have started listening, and now have listened to about 40+ or 50+ podcasts, including the 21-part Creation versus Evolution, and all the podcasts prior to the Question and Answer dated Dec. 31, 2007. I have also now just bought my first book - Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics.
I am very blessed to have such an astute and bold apologist as a brother in Christ, actively teaching the Word and defending the faith. Your love for The Lord just permeates your podcasts, and I am uplifted spiritually, as well as mentally excited to listen to your expositions. One of your podcasts that I've shared with a number of people (including to the one who heads OMF missions, based in Singapore) is the one that had a 2007 update on your trip to Hong Kong and China, Objections to Belief in God, Part 1.
I've also started to make reference to your podcasts on my blog
Guess testimonials is the best place to send this. Please accept this in charity and the honest way I mean it.
I had grown board with your arguments and the style I always hear you present. I had great hopes for a great bit of skull candy when you met with Dr Harris but again found myself disappointed as I experienced you and Dr Harris to be speaking past each other.
Then you got in the ring with Dr Krauss, who IMHO can be a real prick even though I enjoy that kind of stuff growing up in NYC. All I can say is WOW !!
Sir, you are a force to be reckoned with. I had thought you would hide behind the standard debate format and I couldn't understand why given your history in your field of inquiry. I thought I had better knock downs with Jesuit priests we would have over for thanksgiving day dinner.
You and Dr Krauss are without a doubt the greatest show on earth. I think each of you gave the other the chance to shine and in some cases gave the moderator a fright (especially the second debate). I kept wanting to hit an electric shocker to get her to shut up so I could hear you guys go at it.
The points being made in rapid fire, and with a bit of sting, although I have to say you were much more of a gentleman than Dr Krauss even though I tend to fall in his camp, really got me to focus and follow what you two great minds were getting on about. It was an absolute treat.
I find myself hungry for seeing you shine in this format in the future. I find myself in agreement with many of the atheistic speakers but I loved watching you take one of the most outspoken ones to the woodshed. I have a fantasy of you going back to Dr Harris and doing the same. The standard debate forum robs all of us of your true brilliance.
It would have been one thing to see you go for 90 minutes like this, but 6 hours with Krauss. You sir, are a Saint
I am an active atheist in San Diego and work a weekly outreach booth in Balboa park. I will be telling all my friends about this over the top awesome series of talks you did with Dr Krauss and I pray
I am addressing my message to this email because I was unsure of which one to use for this particular request, although I do have a very brief testimonial to mention: after years of "playing church," doubting God, and even laughing to myself at the illogic of it all, I was brought to Christ. I still struggled battles with doubt because I was studying to be a pharmacist, and my scientific background led me to believe that God seemed to go against what I had learned. When I read Reasonable Faith (by recommendation from a friend), my life was changed. Of all the apologetics books and other science, philosophy, and spirituality books that I have read since then, Reasonable Faith remains as the number one book that removed all doubt from my mind that God is not only perfectly possible, but far more sensible than the alternative.
Since then, I have been studying multiple books and preparing myself to thoroughly defend my beliefs, but I would like to extend one request to Dr. William Lane Craig. I would like to see a book written by him that gives overviews of all the world's main religions and then describes philosophically and scientifically why they are not as sensible as Christianity. I believe that this would immensely help my own defense of my beliefs. Alternatively, if Dr. Craig (or the person who reads this message) can recommend any books of that sort or any recordings or podcasts by Dr. Craig that covers this topic, I would be immensely grateful.
Thank you for your time!
Dear Dr Craig,
Until fairly recently I had been totally indifferent to religion. About 4-5 years ago the Christian apologetics of, primarily, C.S.Lewis began to fundamentally move me away from that position. The Christian faith, as I now write in September, 2013, is now central to my life and living in the 21st century the internet has naturally become an important source of information and inspiration for me. Of course I am aware that this will not only be the case for myself and many other Christians, but also for those who are attempting to undermine our beliefs.
I have watched and listened to a great deal of the material that is available online with regard to debates, documentaries, satire etc. The woeful standards of argumentative substance, ethics of behaviour and the narrow perspective adopted by many of the enemies of the Christian faith, and often by supposedly very erudite and distinguished people, I have found to be ironically enlightening and encouraging to me as a Christian, for reasons that need no explanation.
Yesterday I watched, on Utube, your recent exchanges with Dr. Krauss in Australia. As well as witnessing the appalling and immature behaviour of Dr. Krauss during your exchanges, after learning, via this sites ipod summary of the background and build up to your Australian tour and of Krauss's various diktats stipulating that every pre/post stall should be arranged according to his will - in terms of format and publicity - it truly underlined for me the weakness of the modern day atheists position, not least in their own minds. Your past experiences in the UK, and the evasive cowardice of people like Richard Dawkins and Polly Toynbee, was perhaps the first real eye opener for me in this respect.
Thankyou for all the inspirational and wonderfully informative work you do here and elsewhere.
May God keep you healthy and motivated.