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Contending with Christianity’s Critics Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors

Contending with Christianity’s Critics is book two in a series on modern Christian apologetics that began with the popular Passionate Conviction. 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. Contending with Christianity’s Critics and Passionate Conviction are the result of national apologetics conferences sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society.

Table of Contents

    • 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


About Paul Copan

Paul Copan is Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has authored and edited a variety of books including Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion (2007), The Rationality of Theism (with Paul Moser, 2003), and Creation out of Nothing (with William Lane Craig, 2004).