Q and A with Dr. Craig: Somebody Stop Me!
Hi Dr. Craig!
I consider myself to be a Christian layman, as I am not formally trained in philosophy (I am a computer science major). However, I have been reading content on your website for about three months now and have read Reasonable Faith, On Guard, Contending With Christianity’s Critics, Is God a Moral Monster, and I am currently working through Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.
I have perused the forums here and there is so much deep, philosophical discussion on all your arguments (and it takes me a while to process all of it) on such a breadth of topics that it is easy to get overwhelmed (the A and B theories of time, complicated metaphysics, and other assorted topics). I want to go as deep as I can into these arguments and to be armed past the basic content in On Guard and Reasonable Faith, but I also do not feel called to a full-time apologetics ministry (like yourself or Moreland).
Here are my questions, then, which I feel every Christian layman interested in apologetics must ask themselves.
1) As a Christian layman, how deep should I go in apologetic literature? That is, do I stop at the material in Reasonable Faith? Or must I eventually graduate to reading the Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology?
2) Should I directly interact with atheistic literature to familiarize myself with the opposing arguments? Should I be thoroughly reading the works of Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett just as I read your works?
3) Is there anything else you suggest that I, a college student, do with regards to learning apologetics?
Thank you so much for your tireless work and wholehearted dedication for the Kingdom Dr. Craig! You are an inspiration and role-model to me.
Dr. Craig’s Answer: Hi, Christian! I’m really impressed with all you’ve read! When is enough enough? Specifically…
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