Comments on the impact of Dr. William Lane Craig's work and the resources at ReasonableFaith.org
I am finally writing to tell you guys how much I appreciate your ministry. While I had attended a Bible teaching church for a number of years (and still do) I ended up working with a co-worker who I was not prepared for. I am a husband and father of soon to be 5 kids and are on one income. The last number of years and the economic challenges to my industry have required a lot of my energy to keep food on the table. On the other hand the gentlemen that I spent the last 7 years working with has grown children and spends his 2 hour drive home listening to Dawkins, Ehrman, and others. Feeling comfortable at first, I quickly realized he was bringing up questions I had no answer to. Not only that but some people I thought should know the answers didn't. I hadn't cast my faith aside. I know what the Lord saved me from and know how He has worked in my life. Still I found my confidence slipping, and beginning to have more questions and more questions in my head. In fact I tried to look up a speaker whom had visited my church and had a video cassette of; only to find that the author was in prison (that wasn't helping). This spiritual stress was not helping with the financial stress I was under, competition at work, long hours taking toll on my family, and add having someone at work arrogantly ridiculing everyone who mentioned the slightest measure of faith. I would be in my office praying "Lord, you've got to shut this guy up". I didn't have a vast knowledge of resources for apologetics at this level. what I had access to was far too surfacy and the typical answers I heard and was giving had ran out.
But isn't it like our Sovereign Lord to use these things to motivate us out of our apathy, complacency and self reliance? Now back on my knees, humbled, desperate, and removed of my spiritual pride. This lead to a conversation I had with a friend that I remembered went to Talbot theological Seminary. He quickly pulled out a paper he did on the Historical Jesus and I was filled with some hope. I found some books, heard a guest speaker on a Christian radio program Greg Koukl, and then through his program found Daniel Wallace and heard about Reasonable Faith and others. Since then I have been using my drive time to go through your Defenders Podcasts though I have taken a small break here and there with some of the resources you've mentioned for looking into things further.
I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you have given a busy working family guy access to these resources. not having the money or time for finishing my bachelors or getting a graduate degree, let alone much time for reading something like the blackwells companion for Natural Theology (though it sounds really good). Being able to tap into these resources on my drive to jobsites or meetings is exactly what I needed. I have been so motivated by this that I tell everyone to download your app and dig in, sit down and think through. I have even added "big Truths for young hearts" to our family devotions. Thank you guys, I pray that the Lord continues to bless this ministry. I have yet to get some guys together to go through the defenders stuff as a group, but I want to when I get some more studying done. I know the Lord has His ways of putting His people where he needs them, and I appreciate that there are people holding the line in the academic world. I just hope more people can become aware of yours and other great resources so that they don't have to go through things the way I did.
I know you have a lot of messages to go through everyday, but I'm hoping you receive this to help encourage you and your ministry.
Today is my birthday, I'm 24 years old. Tonight as I sat at work today I just reflected my journey with the Lord. I used to be an Atheist at the age of 19-20. I went through the deaths of very close family and friends that was excruciating for me to watch on as I watched them die slow and painful deaths. My atheism didn't last long, because through the teachings of Prof. John Lennox I came back to the faith when he spoke at New Zealand, Christchurch. That day changed my life forever.
I can honestly say that if it weren't for you I don't think my faith would have lasted too long, because I was still frail when I came back. Today I just wanted to celebrate life by thanking you sir, for bringing life and the knowledge of God back to me - because I was hungry.
Currently I am attending UGA and pursuing a Bachelors in Philosophy and Public Relations. I hope to continue my pursuit in Philosophy to graduate studies, and help contribute to bringing the knowledge of God to the world like you and many others are doing sir.
I appreciate what you and your ministry sir.
Thank you for helping me,
I don't have a powerful, instantaneous testimony to offer here. But I am very thankful to Dr. Craig for answering my question of the Question of the Week concerning Sean Carroll's Quantum Eternity Theorem. I just wanted to say thank you to him and let him know that for those of us who aren't Reformed Epistemologist 7 days a week, I appreciate his continued work, both in the scholarly and popular arenas. It has certainly sustained me for these 7 years that I have been a Christian (it has been Dr. Craig's work on the Kalam and Case for the Resurrection that has played the biggest role in this for me). So, please let him know that there is one more person out there that is beyond grateful for what he is doing.
Dear Dr. Craig,
I just came from chapel at the university where I teach and my son, Austin, is a freshman. I happened to see him across the auditorium and was moved to email you.
Austin is the youngest of our four children. He has a great heart, and as a kid he was quite bold about sharing his faith. He lost his way some in his teens years, making some poor choices and showing little interest in God and church. He was not excited about attending Indiana Wesleyan in his hometown. We agreed that it would not have been a good fit last year.
After much prayer and God’s leading, we decided it be best for Austin to go to Biarritz, France with YWAM. (Remarkably, he had developed a passion for learning other languages in the 6 months prior to this decision – and spent many, many hours teaching himself French.) He’s adventuresome and really liked the idea of going to Europe, meeting new people and surfing. Long story short, Austin spent more than more than 8 months in France and South Africa, growing and serving with YWAM. He became an avid reader, which was completely new for him – funny what no TV and X-Box can do. Austin started to develop a great passion for apologetics and debates involving well-known atheists and apologists. He watched many of these on his phone at night while in South Africa. He read Lee Stroble among other authors. It wasn’t long before he found many of your debates. He devoured these with great enthusiasm, often talking about what he was learning and the importance of apologetics. We listened and smiled.
Fast forward several months to the close of this summer. His brother, Michael, who is a senior at Wheaton was excited about Austin’s experiences, growth and growing interest in apologetics. Michael ordered a copy of your latest book, “On Guard,” saying, “I can’t have my little brother getting ahead of me in the area of apologetics J.” But in the whirlwind of an internship and transitioning back to Wheaton, Michael missed the delivery of your book by a couple days. Austin was thrilled to “borrow it” and now carries it in his book bag all the time. (I’m not sure he is carrying any of his textbooks, but oh well.)
Anyway, I cannot believe how God has moved to fit Austin for his time now at IWU. Your debates and writings have been such a big part of this work. Austin is always telling Michael to be sure to let him know if William Lane Craig is ever coming to Wheaton. Austin was actually excited about taking a Philosophy class this semester, I would never have believed this a year ago. Unsolicited, he’s told me about speaking up in the class, mentioning your name (along with Stroble and D. Willard) and commenting on the four horseman of atheism, etc. I see the with-God live taking root in my son and God preparing him for Kingdom work, which is so wonderful. Thank you, thank you for letting God use you to defend the faith and inspire others.
Lastly, Austin has a gift for learning languages. He’s well on his way to fluency in French and has a good start in German. He plans to add Mandarin during his time here at IWU. I’m excited to see how God might use these talents as well as Austin’s growing passion for defending the faith.
Please let us know if you ever have a need for a summer intern, conference/weekend helper, friendly shadow or any other place Austin could plug in. He would be thrilled.
Gratefully in Christ,
Hey Dr. Craig,
I’m a huge fan of your work. I listen to your weekly podcasts, have watched many of your debates, and check out the Reasonable Faith website often. It’s awesome seeing God use you and the Reasonable Faith Ministry in such tremendous ways, and help empower Christians all around the world, including myself.
I have recently graduated Christian College and have been serving as youth pastor at a church in New Jersey for two and a half years. Listening to Reasonable Faith has equipped me to better answer questions the youth have, and also has positively influenced the way in which I present the Gospel. Recently, a student was questioning me on what evidences there were for Jesus’ resurrection — and I knew exactly what to say! A few years ago, I would not have had much of an answer for him.
This is only one of many examples of how your ministry has impacted me. Just wanted to send this as a message of encouragement for you.
Thanks for all you do, and keep it up!