At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a. Norman Geiser’s masterful work, Christian Apologetics, is a very thorough textbook that builds a strong epistemological foundation before even. £-V3 / Christian Apobgerics NORMAN, GEISLER UT-DAUASllBRARltS BT G43 stax .. One cannot draw l he limits of language and thought unless he has.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Christian Apologetics by Norman L. Christian Apologetics by Norman L. At a time when the Christian nroman faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a substantive resource for answering the challenge.
Geisler’s systematic approach presents both methods and 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.
Geisler’s systematic approach presents both methods and reasons for defending the claims of Christianity. Paperbackpages. Published March 1st by Baker Academic first published November 30th To see what nnorman friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Christian Apologeticsplease sign up.
See 1 question about Christian Apologetics…. Lists with This Book. Dec 27, Tom rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If you have chritsian 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 If you have not studied apologetics up to now, this is a good place to start.
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 with some conviction that it is true. Presuppositional starts with the Bible as the primary source for evangelism, even if talking to an atheist.
Personally, I think that there is a place for both schools of thought depending on the seeker. I lean classical, but either way we should have discernment for the situation recognizing that it is the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement.
The book itself is well written and follows a logical progression from understanding what truth is to evaluating belief systems, then applying epistemology to Christianity. This book will give you some foundational knowledge for evaluating any belief system that you encounter whether that be religion, philosophy, or cultural trends like post modernism.
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If you desire to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and apolohetics, this is a good one to train your mind. Jan 14, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: A good apolohetics 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.
Chapter 8 alone is worth the money spent on this book. Feb 20, Laurent Dv rated it liked it Shelves: Good overall and introduction to apologetics.
Good analysis of worldview and objections to them. But wrong critic against van til cause he’s not fideist. In this book, Norman Geisler brilliantly lays out a foundational argument in favor of belief in Christianity.
Through a combination of logic and metaphysics, he analyzes and discards each of the major non-theistic worldviews held throughout human history. Step-by-step, he builds the case for theism before next examining why Christianity is the most reliable of all the theistic religions.
Since the scope of the book is so vast, it’s inevitable that certain areas get short shrift. But as an introdu In this book, Norman Geisler brilliantly lays out a foundational argument in favor of belief in Christianity. It’s only real shortcoming is Geisler’s dry, academic writing style, and the fact he so consistently misses the sweet spot between too little explanation and beating a dead horse.
Jul 22, Jipson Lawrance rated it liked it Shelves: Because of this, the book covers over a half a dozen alternate view before even evaluating theism.
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First, Geisler shows the shortcomings of agnosticism. He critiques the views of Kant, Hume, Ayer, and Wittgenstien. Following the critique of agnosticism comes the evaluation of rationalism.
Next comes an inspection of fideism. Here Pascal, Kierkegaard, Barth, and Van Til are summarized and critiqued as adherents to various strands of fideism. Geisler continues in his worldview analysis by looking at experientialism, evidentialism, and pragmatism.
Geisler shows that rationalism, fideism, experientialism, evidentialism, combinationalism, o.geisler pragmatism all fall short as adequate tests for truth.
Each of them may have elements that are useful in one sense or another, but none of them is a fully adequate test for truth. Before Geisler launches into theism, he does lay out what he presents as an adequate test for truth. First, he presents unaffirmability as a test for falsity.
That is to say: Second, Geisler presents undeniability as a test for truth. If something is either definitionally undeniable or existentially undeniable, it l.geislee be true. These two tests are for the truthfulness of a worldview. Once you establish the correct worldview, then you can move on to determine the test for truth within that worldview. For this internal test, Geisler presents systematic consistency as apologetisc test for truth for statements within a worldview that has first been established through the tests of unaffirmability and undeniability.
Systematic consistency means that whatever most consistently and comprehensively fits christan that system is true. Geisler admits that systematic consistency does not provide absolute certainty of truth. Here he points to probability as the guide, as absolute certainty is not possible when a finite mind is not in possession of all the facts. Having laid a very thorough epistemological base, the author then proceeds to establish the truthfulness of Christianity.
The worldviews of deism, pantheism, panentheism, atheism, and theism are compared. Using the aforementioned tests for truth for each of these worldviews, theism wins out. With theism established through a very methodological evaluation of each competing worldview, Geisler then builds on the theistic worldview. Now Geisler builds the case for the historical reliability of the New Testament.
After showing that the L.egisler Testament is an accurate picture of Jesus, he makes the case for the deity and authority for Jesus Christ. And finally, with the Lordship of Christ established, a case can be made for l.gisler inspiration and authority of the Bible as a whole. It truly is thorough.
Christian Apologetics is not light reading, as it deals heavily with philosophical foundations and epistemological concerns from the outset. However, Geisler has succeeded in authoring a comprehensive text for establishing a complete and systematic framework for Christian apologetics.
This text can be commended as required reading for any serious student of apologetics. Mar 07, Ben B rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 There is certainly a place on my shelf for The Case for Christ and Evidence that Demands a Verdict and other “apologetics” books. Then it compares and contrasts Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the three great monotheistic faiths. The result is that having read this book, you know how to think about the big questions, and you can pull apart the multiple layers of belief that underlie every religious doctrine.
After all, it’s not much use “proving” that Jesus is the only way to be absolved of sin and enter heaven, if you’re talking to a person who doesn’t believe in sin or heaven. Jan 27, Laura Carter rated it really liked it.
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 I can’t believe that I was finally able to click the “I’m finished” button on this one!
Before this book and class I would have been able to tell you that other world views were wrong, but I couldn’t tell you why or how. The only problem I had with the book was that in one of the last chapters, Geisler used the KJV wording and phrases as proof of the Bible’s historical accuracy, but refuses to denounce other versions for changing the very phrases that prove the accuracy of the Bible itself.
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Just a tad bit self-defeating! Feb 10, Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing. Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.