Recommended Reading

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

Contending with Christianity’s Critics, book two in a series on modern Christian apologetics that began with the popular Passionate Conviction has been published and is now available at Amazon and other book stores. This second installment, featuring writings from eighteen respected apologists such as Gary Habermas and Ben Witherington, addresses challenges from noted New Atheists like Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and other contemporary critics of Christianity concerning belief in God, the historical Jesus, and Christianity’s doctrinal coherence.

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

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



Preface vii


Chapter 1 Dawkins’s Delusion
William Lane Craig 2

Chapter 2 At Home in the Multiverse?
James Daniel Sinclair 6

Chapter 3 Confronting Naturalism: The Argument from Reason
Victor Reppert 26

Chapter 4 Belief in God: A Trick of Our Brain?
Michael J. Murray 47

Chapter 5 The Moral Poverty of Evolutionary Naturalism
Mark D. Linville 58

Chapter 6 Dawkins’s Best Argument Against God’s Existence
Gregory E. Ganssle 74



Chapter 7 Criteria for the Gospels’ Authenticity
Robert H. Stein 88

Chapter 8 Jesus the Seer
Ben Witherington III 104

Chapter 9 The Resurrection of Jesus Time Line
Gary R. Habermas 113

Chapter 10 How Scholars Fabricate Jesus
Craig A. Evans 126

Chapter 11 How Badly Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the New Testament? An Examination of Bart Ehrman’s Claims
Daniel B. Wallace 148

Chapter 12 Who Did Jesus Think He Was?
Michael J. Wilkins 167



Chapter 13 The Coherence of Theism
Charles Taliaferro and Elsa J. Marty 184

Chapter 14 Is the Trinity a Logical Blunder? God as Three and One
Paul Copan 205

Chapter 15 Did God Become a Jew? A Defense of the Incarnation
Paul Copan 218

Chapter 16 Dostoyevsky, Woody Allen, and the Doctrine of Penal Substitution
Steve L. Porter 233

Chapter 17 Hell: Getting What’s Good My Own Way
Stewart Goetz 249

Chapter 18 What Does God Know? The Problems of Open Theism
David P. Hunt 265

Contributors 283
Author Index 287
Scripture Index 290


Roger’s comment:

This is a absolute MUST READ for any thinking Christian (what I like to call “Renaissance Christian”) who lives in the world and interacts with non-Christians of any persuasion (i.e. EVERY Christian). Almost every criticism and challenge to the Christian faith has been more than adequately answered by Christian scholars, Christian theologians, Christian philosophers and Christian apologists. No Christian should ever feel that their faith in unjustifiable, unreasonable, irrational or indefensible. This book represents a concise yet comprehensive resource which will allow Renaissance Christians – Christians with a well-considered and well-supported faith – to confidently answer the questions, challenges and criticisms levelled at them regarding their faith and trust that they have in Christ.