Hi Dr. Craig! My name is Jarrod. I'm a 24 year old all the way from New Zealand. I wanted to email you so I could express my immense gratitude for you & your ministry. I have been listening to your podcasts & debates for the last 7 years & I can't even put into words how big of an impact this has had on both my personal & spiritual life. You have taught me the profound importance of having an unshakable foundation of truth for the house of my faith to be build upon. I owe so much to you & I count myself as extremely lucky that I was born in a time & place to be able to be blessed by your ministry. Thank you Dr. Craig. Thank you so, so very much. God is using you in powerful ways. You, despite having never met me, have played such a huge & vital part in my testimony which is rather crazy to think about. I am currently studying through defenders 3. After every study session I come away with what feels like mountains of knowledge. I really appreciate the depth in which you delve into each topic/idea/philosophy. I also appreciate the unbiased approach you take, it really helps equip me to deal with the full spectrum of thought on each issue & decide for myself what makes the most sense. You always communicate things in such a clear, eloquent, & easy to understand way like no one else I've ever come across. The most rewarding part of this has been watching God use the things I learn to benefit & have a positive impact on the people around me. To close I would like to add that my answer to the question "if you could have dinner with anyone on the planet, who would it be?" Is & will always be, Dr. William Lane Craig. God bless
Dr. Craig, I'm not sure what compels me to write this, but something does and so here goes.
I do not believe in the Christian doctrines you espouse and I can't see myself ever doing so, although I don't want to create a self-fulfilling prophecy of asserting that I will never embrace your beliefs should they actually be true.
But I nevertheless harbor tremendous respect for you as a person and as a phenomenally erudite, intelligent, and eloquent defender of your faith. You, more than anyone, have convinced me that it is possible to hold a "reasonable faith" in the Christian narrative and resulting doctrines, even if I think one can also reasonably doubt that narrative and those doctrines.
And you have shown me that it is possible to be a great Christian scholar and a wonderful human being, by all accounts and from what I've observed from afar.
You live the kind of life in terms of character and scholarship I wish I were good enough and smart enough to live, even if my scholarship took another direction, and I draw inspiration from it every day. I only wish there were a Christian counterapologist who was as learned and gifted as you to oppose you in debates and discussions, because I think you need more of a challenge lest you become bored.😄
Anyway, if you've bothered to take time away from much more important activities in what seems like it must be an incredibly busy and productive life to read this aimless rambling of mine, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you and how thankful I am that you are out there to set the wonderful example of prodigious scholarship and great personal virtue that you do and to challenge us non-believers to rise above our complacency in summarily rejecting the tenets of your faith.
My experience with Christian apologetics began many years ago when I read some of the works of C.S. Lewis. When I was 25 I began listening to the Bible Answer Man show hosted by Walter Martin back then. Years later when Hank Hanegraaff was the host I listened to an interview with William Lane Craig. I bought the Reasonable Faith cassettes, (This was prior to CD's) listened to them once and forgot about them. A few years back I received the Reasonable Faith CD"s and listened to them in my car while driving for over nine months. I have since bought many books by William Lane Craig as well as several other Christian Apologists, watch Christian apologetics on tv regularly, and I am going through Biola's Christian apologetics certificate program. I am nine classes from graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and I am looking into Christian apologetics seminary programs. Thanks for helping continue my interest in apologetics and for fortifying my faith! I was raised in a very liberal, secular humanist household, and having my formative years filled with a worldview contrary to Biblical Christianity is difficult to overcome. Thanks for helping me with that process!
Dr. Craig, I apologize for submitting this in the "Question" forum. However, I did not know how else to reach you and tell you that your work has been pivotal in the growth of my Christian Faith. As a “Christian” in name only for 20 years, I was led back to the Church by my wife in 2017. Once there, I agreed, albeit half-heartedly, to take a three year Bible class at Faith Bible Institute. That class ignited a fire. Then, one of my law partners gave me your book, Reasonable Faith. That book, the Reasonable Faith website, the Reasonable Faith app (which is amazing) were all like adding gasoline to the aforementioned fire. Soon after discovering the Reasonable Faith app, my wife became curious as to what I was listening to all the time. I shared the app with her and my children. Now, at night before bed, she and I listen to your Defenders class or one of your many debates on youtube. We are both hooked. Again, I apologize for using this method of communication, but I felt compelled to tell you the above and how important your work has been to my spiritual growth. Especially learning how to welcome God into my life and to grow. It’s one thing to love God with all my heart and soul, but quite another to take the next step and love Him with my mind. You have begun to teach me how to do just that. With that said, please, please continue your work and keep sharing what you learn and may God bless you, your family and your calling. P.S. I love listening to your debates with my teenaged sons. It always gives me an opportunity to use reason and logic to answer difficult questions. Respectfully,
Dear Dr. Craig,
Just a note of thanks regarding your children's book series, as I just gave it to my 2-year-old son, Luke, for Christmas. Last night as always, we read three books before bed, with Luke choosing each one after the other. Last night, after reading one of yours, he then opted for another, and then a third in the series! He's 28 months old, and listened intently through page after page, and pored over the pictures. He has a lot of books and loves routine, so to forego all three of his current favorites is significant. We tell him about God and Jesus a lot, but this series is already clarifying so many things about Him that we would not have thought to anticipate, or know how to address, for him. Moreover, its simplicity has already clarified potential confusions for me! (i.e., "God is not in any place, but is everywhere" - this line gave me the simple and direct words for a concept that I believe, but wouldn't have articulated so clearly, to my son or even to myself!) Anyway, Merry Christmas, and thank you for this gift!!