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Christian Apologetics Paperback – March 1, 1988
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He is the author/coauthor of more than 100 books including I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True, The Big Book of Apologetics, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, When Skeptics Ask, When Critics Ask, From God to Us, A History of Western Philosophy, Defending Inerrancy, Systematic Theology, If God Why Evil, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Apologetics, and Biblical Inerrancy.
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Apologetics is the branch of theology/philosophy that seeks to provide a logical and rational defense of Christianity against all other rivals.
To preface my review, I would like to distinguish between two types of apologetics. Negative apologetics is concerned with showing that opposing (i.e. non-Christian) worldviews or ways of understanding reality are false. Positive apologetics seeks to provide evidence and arguments that directly argue for the truth of Christianity.
In this volume, it seems that something like 70% of the book is spent on showing opposing views are false. In this regard, I think Geisler's evaluation of atheism is very well done (Geisler summarizes his section by saying that most atheistic critiques of Christianity or arguments for atheism are either self-defeating or can be turned into arguments for Christianity). However, in our world, people are much more "cautious" and prefer to stay away from the so-called extremes (i.e. theism: the belief that a personal God exists. atheism: the belief that God(s) do not exist) and choose agnosticism. Geisler provides a very through critique of agnosticism and shows that it is intellectually bankrupt.
There are three Parts to the book:
Methodology (approx. 35% of content)
Theistic Apologetics (approx. 29% of content)
Christian Apologetics (approx. 30% of content)
The Methodology section is about forming an adequate test for truth. This was an unusual section and it seemed to be unnecessary to spend so much time on it. A brief discussion (i.e.Read more ›
Nevertheless, it is valuable to have such a book around, to demonstrate concretely just how far one can get with such an approach, and to see what its limitations are. Given what he is trying to accomplish, Geisler does a creditable job (though I think Richard Swinburne's books are much better). After reading this book I gained a much clearer sense of what the hardest-to-defend points in the Christian worldview are.
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Great book, well written. No Major Complaint. Description was right on and arrived fast. Still enjoying it today.Published 2 months ago by Cardinal Andrew R. M. Manley
For several decades now, Dr. Norman Geisler has successfully articulated the essential doctrines and truths of the Christian faith with great success. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great read and a must for every serious Christian and apologist!Published 5 months ago by E. John E. Crocker
Not for the average learner. Intended for the scholarly student earning a Doctor of Theology.Published 8 months ago by Leigh S
I found the book in excellent quality. It had been highlighted in but I knew about this in advance and so it was no problem. Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Commander MacLeod
This book is wonderful in getting to understand what is "Christian Apologetics" is all about and how apologetics can help one out in understanding what is Christian... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Desmond46