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Christian Apologetics

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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 ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by Baker Academic (first published November 30th 1975)
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Steve
A good starting textbook if you are interested in defense of the Christian faith. Clear, concise definitions of various worldviews and explanations of why their truth-tests fail. It also provides an explanation of a truth-test that works and why.
This is not an easy book to read, primarily because of the deep thought required by the subject matter.
Tom
Apr 05, 2015 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Intro to Apologetics
Shelves: apologetics
If you have not studied apologetics up to now, this is a good place to start. If you have had some philosophy, that will be helpful as you are going to dive into areas of epistemology, rationalism, empiricism and evaluate worldviews of some of the classic western philosophers. This is a classical approach to apologetics, not presuppositional. Basically, classical starts with using reason to inductively and deductively move someone from where they are at to a place where they can read scripture w ...more
Jipson Lawrance
Norman Geiser’s masterful work, Christian Apologetics, is a very thorough textbook that builds a strong epistemological foundation before even addressing Christian truth. Geisler’s initial goal is to establish an adequate test for truth, and from there to show that the Christian worldview meets the tests for truth. Because of this, the book covers over a half a dozen alternate view before even evaluating theism.

First, Geisler shows the shortcomings of agnosticism. He critiques the views of Kant,
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Ben B
Mar 07, 2011 Ben B rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: i-own
There is certainly a place on my shelf for The Case for Christ and Evidence that Demands a Verdict and other "apologetics" books. But this one stands alone. Rather than picking the nits of scientific arguments or the Shroud of Turin or archaeological findings, this book takes in the broad sweep of world views. It sets forth the differences between Monotheism on the one hand and Atheism, Pantheism, Panentheism, and Polytheism on the other. Then it compares and contrasts Christianity, Judaism, and ...more
Laura Carter
I can't believe that I was finally able to click the "I'm finished" button on this one!

This book is very thorough and descriptive. I don't know that I would have understood even half of it if we hadn't discussed each chapter for an hour and a half in the Apologetics class I read it for. But after reading it, and discussing it, I have an understanding of world views and tests for truth. Before this book (and class) I would have been able to tell you that other world views were wrong, but I could
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Alwin
That was a fun refresher through four millenia of philosophy and two of history.
Made for a lot of pensive chin scratching.
Still not convinced about the role of apologetics but it was a good intellectual exercise in any case
David
I read this book a while back as I was really digging into apologetics texts. The best value is his analysis of many different philosophies from history.
Rick
Highly informative, and flawless logic used in establishing the truth in the Bible and the existence of the God of the Bible.
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife live in Charlotte, ...more
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