God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible. Edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 265 pp. $19.00 (paper).
It is not a surprise to hear that William Lane Craig and Chad Meister are two of the leading Christian apologists in North America. While many Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and mainline Protestants continue to depreciate the discipline of apologetics, it is encouraging to see Evangelicals presenting first-rate arguments in defense of the faith in some of the most engaging publications in American Christian writing. God Is Great, God Is Good brings together some leading thinkers who represent a wide range of scholarly fields such as cosmology, astrophysics, biology, New Testament studies, theology, and philosophy in response to challenges posed by the "new atheism" led by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Daniel Dennett).
The book will appeal to theologians, philosophers, pastors, laypeople, and college-level students who are sympathetic to apologetics. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Craig and Meisters book is that it helps the reader to think in Christian terms in a seedar climate that is becoming increasingly hostile to the fundamental claims of the church. This book has plenty of food for thought for believing Christians (and unbelievers!) who want and need a reason to believe in Christ.
The book is divided into four sections. The first part tackles issues related to God's existence: William Lane Craig considers Richard Dawkins and the arguments for God; J. P. Moreland presents a case for the failure of scientific atheism; and Paul K. Moser argues evidence for a morally perfect God. Similar to the first part, the next section addresses atheistic challenges to the teleological argument for God's existence. These essays are written by the scientist-theologian John Polkinghorne, Michael J. Behe, and Michael J. Murray, with the latter two focusing on questions of evolution.
The third section explores issues related to Gods goodness, a major bone of contention among the "new atheists." These chapters consider key questions, such as: "How could a perfectly good God coexist with evil or hell? And what about the Old Testament laws that seem so revolting, if not malevolent? …