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Good singular source for arguments found in WLC debates. Suggest Defenders(Christian doctrine) and podcasts as follow-up to this work. No new material but arguments are outlined in a logical fashion and also logically follow one another, i.e. From theism to Christianity in particular. Includes some counters to possible objections. Some of the material doesn't translate too well to audio, such as the application of Bayes' theorem to explanations which involves reading out statistical variables in formulae, though this is unavoidable and written works expanding on the material forming the basis of this section can easily be found on the internet. Analogies almost always follows these expositions and mitigates possible 'dry-ness' that this could cause.
I wouldn't suggest this book as a starting point unless you have some background in either Christian doctrine or are philosophically inclined-solely because there would be a lot of new information to digest simultaneously.
Some critics have quoted this book out of context, notably sections on the inner testimony of the Holy Spirit to claim that WLC is un-scientific. A full reading of this book, with the compounded effect of arguments taken as a whole, should show such claims for what they are-either deliberate misrepresentations or based in misunderstanding of the section.
Someone criticized the book because of the apparent claim that WLC gets Jesus's birth place wrong (Nazareth instead of Bethlehem). I believe that this was rectified. Also, as I understood no part of the book to be a claim that WLC is himself infallible, I was left wondering what the point of that review was all about.
I was smiling at the end when WLC showed a bit of a bias in favor of apologetics within Christian ministries, but I suppose we all have our specific interests.
I sometimes find myself questioning the necessity of the adversarial nature of WLC's 'debating' style, and this came up in the book on dealing with the cosmological argument's quasi-objection of 'what caused the uncaused cause', though I suppose this often brings conceptual clarification.
If you are an atheist and consider getting this book, try to give it a fair chance and treat it as a hypothesis. If nothing else it might dispel some notions that there is 'no rational basis for believing in God', and even if you disagree with the conclusion it might give you some insight into the Christian worldview.
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Must have for Christians. Engage your mind and honor God with it. Very good stuff.
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