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86 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
Norm Geisler is a well-known and respected Apologist. He has contributed much to the defense of the Scriptures and the gospel in this post-Christian western world. It is clear that he is man who cares deeply for the faith and desires to see it defended. He has shown that in his many others works and it is present in his most recent volume Defending Inerrancy.

Geisler begins this defense of inerrancy by examining the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. He looks at the document itself, the events which culminated in its creation and its influence upon western Christianity. His purpose in this book is not necessarily to present a new argument in support of inerrancy, but to re-affirm the previously established view as represented by the Chicago Statement.

From here he moves on to explore recent challanges to inerrancy and their respective works. There are many included here who are of little surprise to evangelicals: Bart Ehrman, Clark Pinnock and Peter Enns. But, there are also some which left me scratching my head: Kevin Vanhoozer and Darrell Bock. I found Geisler saying on a number of occasions that these two particular authors denied such accusations, but because of their association with this person or that idea, they were suspect at best. For an established apologist I couldn't help but see this as a mild form of the 'guilt-by-association' fallacy. Because Vanhoozer accepts speech-act theory (or parts of it) he is guilty of denying inerrancy. Because Bock wrote a book with someone who denies inerrancy, he is now suspect.

I found this part of Geisler work disappointing. It seems that he has begun a 'witch-hunt' to root out all those who deny inerrancy. He is insistent upon finding these culprits and exposing them even if they vehemently deny the charges. It also leads me to question the reason for writing this book and its value. Both Bock and Vanhoozer are employed by evangelical schools which make the affirmation of inerrancy a requirement for employment. Are we to question the orthodoxy of these institutions as well?

What could have proven to be a helpful and valuable resource for another generation of evangelical pastors and scholars has instead proven to be nothing more than evangelical McCarthyism. As a committed conservative evangelical studying at a conservative seminary (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) I affirm inerrancy and understand the importance of the issue. However, I cannot support these sorts of unfounded accusations against brothers in Christ and these well-established and well-respected evangelical educational institutions. I only hope that those who read this work will accept his arguments but not follow in his accusations.

NOTE: In accordance with the regulations of the Federal Trade Commission I would like to state that I received a complementary copy of the aforementioned text for the purposes of review. I was not required to furnish a positive review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2015
"Defending Inerrancy" defends the truthfulness of the Bible. Often the book repeats itself which I found to be annoying and time consuming. The book should have been titled - "All about those, good and bad, who do not believe in inerrancy." Like I said, It's OK.
If you were to read "The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy" along with Sproul's Commentary much time and repetition would be saved.
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on July 24, 2015
Intelligent, well thought out arguments in defense of the inerrancy position leading to indisputable conclusions. Very helpful for understanding the issues and building a deeper trust in the veracity of the Bible and ultimately the character of it's Divine author.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
This is and outstanding defense of the doctrine of inerrancy ( the Bible cannot err ). The logic or main idea of this book goes like this. God is perfect in all his attributes,therefore, He cannot err, the Bible is the word of God, therefore the Bible cannot err. From this main point the authors expanded and presented a defense against those who denied the inerrancy of the Bible. I recommend this book as a toll for the defense if out faith as scripture commanded us on 1 peter 3:15: but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; (1 Peter 3:15 NASB)
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on April 29, 2015
Anything by Geisler is great!
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on May 5, 2015
Clear and compelling.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2014
I'D HAVE GIVEN IT A FIFTH STAR, BUT DR. GEISLER SPENT TOO MUCH TIME CITING CERTAIN STATEMENTS & NOT ENOUGH TIME ON ACTUAL PROOF, THE KNOWLEDGE OF WHICH I KNOW HE POSSESSES.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2012
This publication is an excellent tool to use for authentication of the errancy/inerrancy debate. The author weighs the claims made by both sides of the subject matter and then dissects with precision. The content in this work, is more a deep study than an easy read. It takes you deep into every argument imagined. It is mind opening to be sure.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 16, 2012
Inerrancy is one of the hot button issues of our generation. The early church fathers to the 16th century Protestant Reformers across Europe and up to the present day evangelicals have all affirmed verbal plenary inspiration and the total inerrancy of the Word of God.

Clement of Rome (A.D. 80-100) stated that the Scriptures contain nothing "unrighteous or falsified in them" (1 Clement CLV. 2:3) and Augustine (A.D. 394) stated that the Scriptures contain nothing "false" (Cited by James Olive Buswell, Outlines of Theology, 24.) John Calvin believed that Scripture was the "inerring standard" (John D. Hannah, ed., Inerrancy and the Church (Chicago: Moody, Press, 1984), ix.). In 1949 the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) was founded and had a singular doctrinal statement at its founding that affirmed inerrancy: "The Bible alone, and the Bible in its entirety, is the Word of God written and is therefore inerrant in the autographs." The 20th century inerrancy debates came to a head when scholars and pastors, including Carl F.H. Henry, James M. Boice, J.I. Packer, John MacArthur (Sr. and Jr.), Francis Schaeffer, Paige Patterson, Robert D. Preus, and W.A. Criswell, gathered together during October 1978 to finalize the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

Today, as scholars mix evolution with Christianity and question the historical personhood of Adam, evangelicals need to be reminded of the importance of the doctrine of inerrancy. By providing a coherent defense of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy in their Defending Inerrancy Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation, Norman L. Geisler and William C. Roach do exactly that.

Defending Inerrancy presents a defense of total inerrancy, the view that the Bible is inspired and true including the history, geography, dates, names and every single word. The book examines the history of the inerrancy controversy, recent challenges to inerrancy, and a reexamination of inerrancy that includes an examination into the nature of God, truth, language, hermeneutics and inerrancy. Perhaps the best description of the book is as a historical-theological defense of inerrancy. The authors engage the Scriptures, but their primary defense comes from an examination of church history.

Defending Inerrancy is a much-needed book for our time and will be a helpful book for the serious Bible student, seminarian, Pastor and scholar. We cannot ignore the implications of rejecting inerrancy; this book will explain why. I recommend you read this book to gain understanding on the issue of inerrancy from a historical-theological perspective.

Title: Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation

Authors: Norman L. Geisler and William C. Roach

Publisher: Baker Books (2012)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Baker Books review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2015
Great!
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