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Reasons for Belief: Easy-To-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Trusted Theologian Presents a Case for Christian Faith in Easy-to-Understand Language

Seminary professor and bestselling author teams with a seminary-trained apologist and teacher to give readers basic, solid evidence for the Christian faith. This book is ideal for both teens and adults. Lay leaders and teachers as well as students will be equipped to explain the basics of
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Published February 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 1st 2013)
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Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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I have long been interested in reading books about Christian Apologetics and Theology. Norm Geisler has been a favorite author of mine and I have read several of his other books in recent years. Another book written by Geisler which has become a favorite of mine is entitled “I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist”. That book is much more detailed and extensive than this current book under review. I would recommend that book to be read by people who found this current book to their liking.

Ann Kietzman
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Like many Christians walking on the face of the earth, I have doubted my belief. Reasons for Belief, argues that every complex design has a designer and provides evidence to support the claim. This is a book every Christian should have on their shelf.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book for an introduction to Christian apologetics.
Laura Langley
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always appreciated apologetics, but generally find that I quickly get lost in the logic and technical arguments. While I know what I believe and (usually) why, I'm not always good at articulating it or forming arguments to support my beliefs. When I got the opportunity to read Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe's "Reasons for Belief: Easy to Understand Answers for 10 Essential Questions," I jumped at the chance.

In the past, I picked up academic books on apologetics and intelligent desi
Bill Stegemueller
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just got through reading Norman Geisler's Reasons for belief: Easy-to-understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions. The book is thorough and basic apologetic book on the Christian faith. Geisler is well known as one of today's leading Christian apologist. His book is very well thought out and organized. His defense of the faith is well grounded in the laws of logic and flow from some of the basic and broad issues of the faith to the more specific and personal issues.

Geisler addresses 10 essen
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been praying about doing this review the last few days because I really don`t have a way to describe the way this book pulled me in and opened my eyes to truths I already knew about the Lord but had never considered in such a black and white way. I love how this book laid things out in such a simple format, true and false, with back up to both ways of thinking and the many easy to read comparison charts throughout the book.

The only thing I can complain about is that the book title says th
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Every truth claim is narrow. Why? Because truth itself is narrow. If you jump off a tall building with no ability to remain aloft, you will fall to the ground, yet no one would say belief in the law of gravity is being narrow-minded." The authors of this book are very good at demonstrating the exclusiveness of truth, and our need to know the 'true-truth'. Answering 10 questions about Christianity, the authors build their argument, 'closing in' on the truth as the book moves on. Starting very ba ...more
Jonathan Esterman
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is written to be easy to understand and provide simple answers to what Geisler considers to be ten essential questions to life. This book, in its essence, it a book of Christian apologetics, starting with why are you a Christian?. From this springboard, Geisler then challenges the issue of absolute truth versus relative truth. Chapters three and four bring up the modern belief that G-d does not exist. After issuing a verdict that G-d does, in fact, exist, we have the issue of G-d or go ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
::My Thoughts::

Reasons for Belief answers some very good questions that we may or may not ask ourselves daily. And if we haven't asked ourselves some of these questions you will be asked these questions:

How can you know God exists?
How can you be sure Jesus is the Son of God?
Why should you trust the Bible?
Who made God?
Why are you a Christian?

As Christians we are sound in our religion, we are sound in God. And yet when these questions are posed to us sometimes we can find ourselves stumbling for a
Jimmy Reagan
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To believe in God must we believe against reason? Not on your life! Sometimes many of us feel at a loss to answer the tough questions that the world can throw our way. We believe but sometimes can’t quite grasp the way to explain what our hearts know to be true. On the other hand, there are some out there who want to believe but are not quite sure what to think. In either case, this fine volume by Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe and published by Bethany House will be of immense help.

The des
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
An introductory, basic guide to basic Christian apologetic argumentation.

The material is directed at people who have not read much apologetic material and are looking for basic evidence and basic arguments regarding the truth of Christianity. In a question and answer format the authors discuss the reality or subjectivity of truth, the existence of God, the God of the Bible as that God, the existence of miracles, the integrity of the New Testament, the divinity and resurrection of Jesus, the Bibl
G. Jorge Medina
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Basic Apologetics it is…

Book Review: Reasons for Belief: Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions by Norman L. Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe

An interesting basic Apologetics introduction that distills some of Geisler’s other writings on the subject in a handy way. It may be a good primer for someone new to the subject of confronting unbelief in the living God.

The authors are careful to define what important words like “resurrection” and “miracle” mean. So many times in discussing the
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Reasons for Belief was a really good apologetics book. I thought it presented the facts and evidence well and it wasn't hard to read/understand.

I pretty much liked all of the chapters in Reasons for Belief, but two of my favorites were chapter 7: The New Testament and chapter 13: How Should the Truth Impact My Life - both gave me a lot of insight and were memor
Feb 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book makes a terrible argument for Christianity. It basically takes scientific fact and bends it to fit with intelligent design. This book is suppose to help you argue the fact that you do believe in a god, to someone who is a nonbeliever. It is suppose to set up good points you can throw at someone, however; if you said most of these things to nonbeliever they would laugh at you. For example, in chapter 4 there is a counter argument to evolution. The text says "The cell is the simplest of ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is an entry level book on apologetics. They have taken ten common questions that Christians might be asked about their faith and give answers. Also, the Bible is frequently used in answering the criticism so the answers have limited value when working with someone who does not accept the Bible. This would be a good book for someone just at the beginning of looking how to defend their faith. Otherwise this book has limited use. See my full review at
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This is straight text book like reading. Its good information, but it is definitely a text book type read. Along with being educational, at least. Plus the book synopsis was right, its a simplified break down of tough questions.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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This is a nice little book if you're looking for a short primer on classic Christian apologetics. It gives a logical and concise overview of major apologetic themes.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent quick reference for common questions that every christian will be asked.
Robert Eby
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good foundation book, well written, encouraging and informative.
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was a distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He was the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife lived in Charlotte ...more