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God Is Great, God Is Good

William Lane Craig and Chad Meister, eds. (Intervarsity: Nov. 30, 2009), 272 pages.

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: J. P. Moreland, Paul Moser, John Polkinghorne, Michael Behe, Michael J. Murray, Alister McGrath, Paul Copan, Jerry Walls, Charles Taliaferro, Scot McKnight, Gary Habermas, Mark Mittelberg, Chad Meister, and William Lane Craig. Includes 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.


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Table of Contents

    • Introduction 7
  • Part One: God Is
    • 1. Richard Dawkins on Arguments for God    13
      William Lane Craig
    • 2. The Image of God and the Failure of Scientific Atheism     32
      J.P. Moreland
    • 3. Evidence of a Morally Perfect God     49
      Paul K. Moser
  • Part Two: God is Great
    • 4. God and Physics     65
      John Pokinghorne
    • 5. God and Evolution     78
      Michael J. Behe
    • 6. Evolutionary Explanations of Religion     91
      Michael J. Murray
  • Part Three: God is Good
    • 7. God, Evil, and Morality     107
      Chad Meister
    • 8. Is Religion Evil?     119
      Alister McGrath
    • 9. Are Old Testament Laws Evil?     134
      Paul Copan
    • 10. How Could God Create Hell?     155
      Jerry L. Walls
  • Part Four: Why It Matters
    • 11. Recognizing Divine Revelation    169
      Charles Taliaferro
    • 12. The Messiah You Never Expected     187
      Scot McKnight
    • 13. Tracing Jesus’ Resurrection to its Earliest Eyewitness Accounts     202
      Gary R. Habermas
    • 14. Why Faith in Jesus Matters     217
      Mark Mittelberg
    • Postscript: My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism     228
      Antony Flew (with Gary Habermas)
    • Appendix: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism “Ad Absurdum”: A Review of Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion     247
      Alvin Plantinga
    • Contributors     259
    • Index     263