by Paul CopanNovember 6th, 2009 3 Comments
I’m excited about a new book that was delivered to my door two days ago, God Is Great, God Is Good, co-edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister (InterVarsity Press). Of course, I’m pleased to have contributed an essay for the volume, “Are Old Testament Laws Evil?”
The book contains a wide-ranging response to the arguments of the New Atheists (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and so on). The list of contributors includes fine thinkers across a range of disciplines such as Alister McGrath (theology), Charles Taliaferro and Paul Moser (philosophy), John Polkinghorne (physics), Gary Habermas (history), Michael Behe (biology), Scot McKnight (New Testament), among others.
Here’s the blurb from InterVarsity Press’s website:
The days have passed when the goodness of God–indeed, the reality of God itself–could reasonably be called a consensus opinion. God’s reputation has come under considerable review in recent days, with some going so far as to say that it’s not we who’ve made a mess of things. Instead whatever it is we call God is to blame.
But is such an opinion really a fair assessment? In this magisterial collection, the contemporary complaints against belief in God are addressed with intellectual passion and rigor by some of the most astute theological and philosophical minds of the day….
Including an interview by Gary Habermas with noted convert to theism Antony Flew, and a direct critical response to Richard Dawkins’s God Delusion by Alvin Plantinga, God Is Great, God Is Good offers convincing and compelling reassurance that though the world has changed, God has not.
So, here is the table of contents:
Part One: God Is
1 Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God
William Lane Craig
2 The Image of God and the Failure of Scientific Atheism
J. P. Moreland
3 Evidence of a Morally Perfect God
Paul K. Moser
Part Two: God Is Great
4 God and Physics
5 God and Evolution
Michael J. Behe
6 Evolutionary Explanations of Religion?
Michael J. Murray
Part Three: God Is Good
7 God, Evil and Morality
8 Is Religion Evil?
9 Are Old Testament Laws Evil?
10 How Could God Create Hell?
Jerry L. Walls
Part Four: Why It Matters
11 Recognizing Divine Revelation
12 The Messiah You Never Expected
13 Tracing Jesus’ Resurrection to Its Earliest Eyewitness Accounts
Gary R. Habermas
14 Why Faith in Jesus Matters
Postscript: My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism
Antony Flew (with Gary Habermas)
Appendix A: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism “Ad Absurdum”: Review of
Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion
Also, the book is 20% off retail price if you buy it from IVP:
I hope God will use this book both to strengthen your faith in Christ and better equip you to wisely communicate that faith to others.
- Contending with Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors
- Gary Habermas on the Resurrection
- From "There Is No God" to "There Is a God" : Tracking Antony Flew’s Conversion
- Mike Licona on Christian Doubt
- Richard Dawkins: A Philosophical and Theological Lightweight? Responding to Dawkins, Part II