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Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal [Paperback]

By Norman L. Geisler (Author)
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Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal by Norman L. Geisler

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Studio: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2003
Publisher   Wipf & Stock Publishers
ISBN  1592441548  
ISBN13  9781592441549  

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More About Norman L. Geisler

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.

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Geisler took a bigger bite than he could chew!  Jan 4, 2007
I was somewhat disappointed reading this book. Basically it was a superficial introduction to the thought of Aquinas. I wish I would have read an intro by Gilson or Maritain, instead. In the first chapter, entitled "The Contemporary Relevance of Aquinas," Geisler reviews the negative opinions of Aquinas formulated by evangelical theologians. In the Epilogue, he distances himself from Aquinas on matters such as transubstantiation, the canon of Scriptures, the sacraments, the view of the Church: I wish he had done that at greater length, so as to fulfil the purpose of his book's title.
What Geisler does well, is to summarize some of Thomas' epistemology. Thus, we learn that the first principles of knowledge according to Aquinas are:
1.The principle of identity (being is being)
2.The principle of non contradiction (being is not nonbeing)
3.The principle of the excluded middle (either being or nonbeing)
4.The principle of causality (nonbeing cannot cause being)
5.The principle of finality (every being acts for an end)
Epistemologically speaking, principle n. 2 means that it is
impossible for contradictory statements to be simultaneously true; if one is true, the other is necessarily false. Principle n. 3, tertium non datur, means that a proposition cannot be true and false simultaneously in the same sense. Aquinas upheld the primacy of principle n. 2. The other principles are dependent aspects of n. 2. The first principles are undemostrable, but true.
There are four answers to MONISM:
Geisler does a fair job in expounding some of the main Thomstic tenets.In the univocity of being, things are either unrelated or identical; but through an analogy of being, it is possible to account for multiplicity. If our judgements about God are neither totally the same (univocal), not totally different (equivocal), then they must be similar (analogous).
The essence (whatness) and existence (isness) of all creatures, are distinct, but are one and the same in God. When people say that the universe had no real beginning they are affirming a dubious idea: an ungrounded infinite regress is tantamount to affirming that the existence in the series arises from nonexistence, since no cause in the series has a real ground for its existence.
Bernard de Chartres once said: "We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants, so as to see more and further than they do; not as a result of our own sharpness of vision or bodily height, but because we are carried aloft and elevated on their gigantic stature." (Quoted in Chenu, Toward Understanding St. Thomas (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1964).
Best introduction to Thomas Aquinas.  Aug 8, 2003
Some may pass over Aquinas because he is the "Angelic Doctor" of the Catholic Church, but his philosophy is indispensable to Protestants as well when contemplating biblical inerrancy, the nature of evil, and the relationship between free will and grace. Geisler's book is the best introduction I could find, clearer than Chesterton's and less dense than Gilson's (though both are also indispensable).
An Excellent Evangelical Appraisal of the "Dumb Ox"  Nov 3, 2000
Why is it that the some of the best books have the shortest shelf life? This is an example of such. Dr. Geisler's book on Aquinas is one of, I think, only two or three evangelical books that deal exclusively with Aquinas. Geisler covers all the essentials of Aquinas such as Aquinas' life and upbringing, Aquinas' view of the Bible, faith and reason, first principles, Aquinas' epistemology, metaphysics, and his arguments for the existence of God. Geisler also covers what Aquinas taught about God and time (how an eternal God can relate to a temporal world), God's nature, and much more. While the book is not an exhaustive text (this was not intended), it is the best assessment and exposition of Aquinas by an evangelical. Unfortunately, the book is out of print and you will have to get this site to track it down for you... Whether you are evangelical or not, but very interested in Aquinas, then you need to read this book.

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