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The Son Rises
~William Lane Craig
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 1579104649
Manufacturer : Wipf & Stock Publishers
Release data : June, 2001

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    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Great Arguments in an Accessible Book

    In this short book, William Lane Craig provides a brief but effective overview for the historical case for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Craig rightly points out, the resurrection is the foundation of the entire Christian faith.

    Craig essentially breaks the case into three distinct sections. First, he discusses the evidence for the empty tomb, second, the evidence for Christ's post-crucifiction appearances, and third, the evidence from the origin of the Christian faith. Additionally, one chapter is devoted to refuting alternative theories, including the "swoon" theory and wrong tomb theory. Craig's argumentation is very solid throughout. Although his writings are often very technical, most of the arguments in The Son Rises are easy enough to understand.

    In addition to the meat of his argument, Craig also discusses a few peripheral issues. In the opening chapter, which I found very enjoyable, he discusses the dilemma of modern man and his struggle to find a meaning to existence. In the final chapter, Craig explains the consequences of Christ's resurrection, claiming that it can help us find that meaning. He discusses the importance of Christianity and appeals to the reader to accept Christ and transform their lives.

    The Son Rises is a brief treatment of an important topic. However, Craig hardly sacrifices much in his attempt to keep the book accessible to the general layman. I do wish that alternative theories would have been discussed in greater detail, but in general, Craig's treatment here is a very valuable resource for almost anyone.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Short but good

    An abbreviation of Craig's longer, more scholarly work on the resurrection, this baby of a book methodically examines the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. The first chapter is the importance of the doctrine of Resurrection, and the second chapter discusses scholarly dismissal of all the naturalistic theories of the past. The third, fourth, and fifth chapter is where the meat of the book is, where Craig gives multiple arguments for the historicity of the empty tomb, the resurrection appearances, and the rise of the church. After convincingly arguing that the data is real and not legendary, Craig argues that the resurrection is the only hypothesis that makes sense of the data. The sixth chapter is the practical signifigance of the resurrection for Christian life, and Craig discusses things he does not discuss much in other books.

    This book also contains Craig arguing for Johnnine authorship and early dating of Mark/Luke/Acts, something he rarely does.

    This book is very good, and I recommend it.

    1 star1 star1 starNo starNo star    The Son Rises

    Prima Facie, I was a bit disappointed with this book. Three things in particular: 1) It was much shorter than I had expected (only 156 pages), considering some of Craig's other works. 2) The book doesn't include a topical or scriptural index. Though it'll be hard, I'll eventually get over the absence of the topical index. The scriptural index, however, is another story. A book of this type wherein the main subject is the exposition of an historical event necessitates exegetical work of the documents used. As the New Testament being the book's primary focus, you can begin to see how a scriptural index would be most beneficial. Hence, the absence of a scriptural index a very unfortunate omission. 3) My third criticism isn't geared toward the book's information, but rather its appearance. The copy I received has a poor print job. On several pages it looks like the ink from the printing machine ran dry, giving the text a faded, erased-like appearance. I'm not sure if this is a mass-produced foible of the book in general, exclusive to my copy in particular, or typical of Wipf and Stock Publishers, but I was bummed. Ye are forewarned, but don't let that alone preclude your purchase of the book if interested.

    On the other hand, this book is, nonetheless, a great and fair treatment of the resurrection argument. To Craig's credit in light of the above criticisms, however, the information in a project published eight years before his more comprehensive study weighing in at well over 400 pages (Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus) is bound to have its perils. The book's strengths include establishing the historical credibility of the postmortem appearances of Christ and demolishing rivaling hypotheses that attempt to explain away the resurrection events.

    Apart from being a solid text with quick and hard-hitting points on the resurrection, I would suggest this book to anyone looking for good introductory work on applied historical argumentation and criticism as well. Overall, despite the aforementioned regrettable aspects, this would be an excellent addition to your apologetics library.

    Table of Contents:

    Preface--------------------------------------p. 7
    1. Death and Resurrection--------------------p. 9
    2. Some Blind Alleys--------------------------p. 23
    3. The Empty Tomb---------------------------p. 45
    4. The Appearances of Jesus------------------p. 91
    5. The Origin of the Christian Faith------------p. 127
    6. Finding Resurrection Life--------------------p. 135

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