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Overview This work on Christian apologetics is in three parts. Part One surveys various tests for truth in order to lay the groundwork for testing the truth of various world views. Part Two applies the test for truth to the various world views and concludes that theism is the only adequate world view. Part Three works within the context of a theistic world view to verify the unique claims of historical Christianity as to the deity of Christ and the authority of the Bible. The basic movement in this historic apologetic takes its roots from the apostles in the New Testament, was developed by Augustine, and comes to fruition in later Christians like Aquinas. It is in essence the approach used by the old Princetonian theologians like Warfield and Hodge in the tradition of Calvin and it has been more popularly represented in recent times in the writings of C. S. Lewis. The heart of this apologetic approach is that the Christian is interested in defending the truths that Christ is the Son of God and the Bible is the Word of God. However, prior to establishing these two pillars on which the uniqueness of Christianity is built, one must establish the existence of God. For it makes no sense, to speak about an act of God (i.e., a miracle) confirming that Christ is the Son of God and that the Bible is the Word of God unless of course there is a God who can have a Son and who can speak a Word. Theism, then, is a logical prerequisite to Christianity. What is more, an adequate test for truth is a methodological prerequisite to establishing theism. For unless the Christian apologist has a test by which he can show other systems to be false and theism to be true, then there is no way to adjudicate the claims of various religions and world views. In view of this important problem we unapologetically commit Part One to the prior question of truth tests before an attempt is made to defend theism (Part Two) and the uniqueness of Christianity (Part Three).
Publishers Description At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a substantive resource for answering the challenge. "Christian Apologetics" addresses issues such as Deism, Theism, Christ's authority, and inspiration of the Bible. Geisler's systematic approach presents both methods and reasons for defending the claims of Christianity. (58)
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.18" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801038227 ISBN13 9780801038228
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More About Norman L. Geisler
Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, "Who is Norm Geisler?" some have suggested, "Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you're not too far off."
Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
Norman has been married for 57 years (as of 2013) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University)
Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren
SPANISH BIO: Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?
Norman L. Geisler currently resides in Weddington, in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Christian Apologetics?
A brilliant book. Jan 29, 2007
Geisler defends the Christian faith. He starts with methodology and tries to find a criterion for truth. Then he goes on to theistic apologetics, and defends a theistic worldview. The last part deals with Christian apologetics. He deals with the deity and authority of Jesus Christ. And he also deals with the inspiration and authority of the Bible.
Utter Failure in it's Objective Aug 1, 2006
Geisler stresses that we must have an objective test for the truth of a world-view. He posits the test of undeniability and unaffirmability. Namely, whatever is undeniable is true, and whatever is unaffirmable is false.
He then says that he'll show that every world-view except Theism is unaffirmable, and that Theism is the only affirmable and undeniable world-view.
Then Geisler discards the test in the very next chapter when he deals with Deism! He never shows how Deism is unaffirmable, but only that it's "inadequate" (p 171).
He criticizes Deism as inconsistent for believing that God doesn't intervene in the world by saying that once the Deist accepts Creation he must also accept the possibility of other miracles. Even if this is granted, this doesn't automatically mean that miracles happen! The possible does not equal the actual Mr. Geisler!
He also claims that "if God was concerned enough about man to create him, it would seem to follow that he would be concerned enough to intervene on his behalf." Thank you for your opinion Mr. Geisler, but why don't you show instead how the position is "unaffirmable" as you promised?
The first section of the book is worth the read but I give it 1 star because it completely failed to meet it's objective of showing all non-theisms unaffirmable and theism as undeniable.
Very Thorough Jun 29, 2006
A very thorough treatment of numerous philosophical systems. Well reasoned and complete regarding the systems addressed. One reviewer criticized Geisler for not addressing certain subjects, but that does not appear to be Geisler's intent, and is therefore an unfair criticism. That being said, I prefer Kreeft and Tacelli's book, and they do address additional questions of interest. Over all, a valuable addition to your library.
Best Apologetic Text I've Encountered Mar 13, 2006
Admittedly, I'm not thoroughly read in Christian but have sufficient background to recognize Geisler as standing head and shoulders above others. I do have some criticism of this text, particularly the first several chapters. To put things briefly, Geisler is not a historian of philosophy and presents interpretations of key philosophers that are not entirely accurate in order to make his counterarguments seem more powerful. I think is important because there are stronger and more convincing readings of these philosophers that would strongly challenge Geisler's arguments. This has the unfortunate dilemma of Geisler either being unaware of what these thinkers may be saying or unable to confront these stronger arguments. Bottom line, though, pretty good stuff as long as you're not arguing with a philosophy professor.
Great text on Christian apologetics Apr 1, 2005
Dr.Geisler is a well known and respected bible scholar and apologetist. His book is used in seminary and bible colleges all over the U.S. and Canada. He is a defender of the truth of the Christian faith and world view. In this text Dr. Geisler covers these world views in his assentment and then exposes them in light of Christian world view, views like rationalism, agnosticism, fideism, experientialism, evidentialism, pragmatism, combinationalism, deism, pantheism, panentheism, atheism, theism, etc. This text will and has stand the test of time. Dr. Geisler, the church of Jesus Christ thanks you for your service to the Lord.