A while back, I wrote a post about a challenge given to me by a Christian proselytizer on my campus. If I read a book of their choice, they would read one of mine. Unfortunately, they never replied back to me after I emailed them, so it never happened. I don’t know what happened there. Maybe they changed their mind. Maybe the email got lost. No way to tell. But I was pretty disappointed about it, after having put a significant amount of effort into selecting a book.
However, another blogger recently took me up on the same challenge. He read my suggestion of Hemant Mehta’s “I Sold My Soul On Ebay.” This may have been the wrong book to pick for this particular person. I was hoping to share a bit about the atheist perspective with him, and a person I had recommended it to previously had found it useful. However, I think he read it as if it were written to de-convert people, as if it were The God Delusion or something. Oh well.
He took his time selecting a book for me to read. This was fine by me. If I’m going to read a book about Christian apologetics, I’d rather read one of the better ones out there. In the end, he picked William Lane Craig’s “On Guard For Students: A Thinker’s Guide to the Christian Faith.”
It’s taken me a bit to finally get started on it properly. If you’ve been following my blog lately, it should be pretty clear as to why. I did try to start reading it a few times, but, well, I’ve been having some difficultly concentrating on even light reading lately, and apologetics is not light reading. I really wanted to get started on this, though, so I’m giving it another try.
So far I have read the foreword, which is a brief discussion of logical arguments. Pretty basic stuff, and pretty useful. I don’t disagree with any of it, but some of the wording strikes me as, ah, foreshadowing of what is to come. Specifically, the way Craig frequently uses the word ‘denial’ when talking about the rejection of the premise of an argument and the way he talks about the ‘price’ of denying a premise.