Book Review – On Guard by William Lane Craig


My Favorite Book Thus Far

If you have been reading my articles you probably know that I enjoy audio books. I have a audible subscription which allows me to pick out one book per month that would not normally be free and purchase it. In 2021 I decided to use these free book vouchers for Christian apologetics books. I had no idea where to start so I started at YouTube and looked for favorite books from people I’m subscribed too. On guard came up but it was actually a bit further down the favorites list with people saying its a great book but maybe a bit boring or too technical, I found this book the total opposite.

The majority of this book goes after what all of the current atheists you would meet would say to discount Christianity, its science based. William Lane Craig (WLC) did a great job with this. He goes through the creation of the universe in-depth and why it this creation must be by the Christian God not just with Christian talking points but with actual science and philosophy. Once he explains each point on why God creating the universe makes the most sense he then gives you what atheists with say to argue against it and will break those down so that you can understand how valid or invalid they are. (Most of the atheist responses cant hold water but here and there they do make valid points. This doesn’t disprove God but it doesn’t prove atheism.

The second part of the book is all about the Jesus’ death and resurrection and why we know that this is a true part of history and not some myth that was created. Once again WLC  does a great job going in-depth into the historicity of Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting from the dead. He tells you things like there is consensus among New Testament scalars that the story of Jesus is true. If you read any modern Christian apologetics book you will likely hear most of his points but again I think this book does it best because not only does he give you the arguments for why we know Jesus did these things but also the atheists rebuttal and why those points are wrong or very unlikely. After reading this book it is understood that the most likely scenario is that Jesus actually bodily resurrected from the dead.

I want to end this by saying that I was not paid to say any of this. I am not sponsored by audible or WLC or anyone else for that matter. I pay for my site entirely out of pocket. That being said I think the best way to read this book is Audible. You are going to run into a lot of complex words that unless you are into science you may have never read before, but listening to it is a different story. You may know the general meaning to a word but not know how it is spelled so when you come across it reading the book you may have to stop and google the word to figure out only to realize you know the word but have only heard it said. This may cause you to lose steam. Listening to the audible was great. If you are paying attention to the book you can quickly pick up what is being put before you.

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