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  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (September 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830827358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830827350
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis J. Beckwith (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he is also a fellow and faculty associate in the Institute for Studies of Religion. He was the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture and was a 2002-2003 Madison Research Fellow in Politics at Princeton University, where he has served since 2003 as a member of the James Madison Society. Beckwith is the author of numerous books such as Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic; Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice; Law, Darwinism & Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design and Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy. His articles have been published in a number of academic journals across a variety of disciplines, including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, International Philosophical Quarterly, Public Affairs Quarterly, Social Theory & Practice, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Journal of Medical Ethics, San Diego Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, Journal of Social Philosophy, Philosophia Christi and Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy. Beckwith has been a speaker for numerous Christian ministries (both Protestant and Catholic) throughout his career, including Summit Ministries and the Catholic Apologetics Academy, where he has served on their faculties since 1996 and 2013 respectively. He and his wife, Frankie, live in Woodway, Texas.

William Lane Craig (PhD, philosophy, University of Birmingham; ThD, systematic theology, University of Munich) is Research Professor of Philosophy at T albot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is also president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Craig has published articles in philosophical and theological journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, American Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Modern Theology and Religious Studies. He has written or cowritten more than twenty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom; Theism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology and God, Time and Eternity.

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center. He has written, edited or contributed to over twenty books including Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

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Worth the invest to read.
To Everyone An Answer is a great, broad resource covering most of the relevant subjects for the Christian apologist.
This compilation is very thorough and detailed.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 15, 2005
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Norman Geisler is one of the significant apologists for the Christian faith, writing many volumes which help all of us defend the faith and provide a response for the Living Hope, Jesus, to all those who ask.

Thus, this collection of apologetics essays by friends and colleagues.

Those I've read so far will certainly cause me over time to read all of these. Especially blessed with Carl Mosser's and Paul Owen's on "Mormonism" and especially the insights on their problems with the Trinity, as well as Abdul Saleeb (who co-authored volume on Islam with Geisler) on Islam. Both provide additional worldview and theological insights which would aid any of us in our outreach to these false theologies.

Excellent defense of apologetics written by Craig Hazen. This well done essay will help any who think apologetics has no right or task in our outreach.

Impressive grouping of Christian apologists such as: Dembski, Craig, Ben Witherinton III, Zacharias. Worth the invest to read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Rouse on May 17, 2006
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I was very pleased by the content of this book. Big name apologist each write an essay on their specialization. Moreland tackles naturalism, Dembski discusses the design argument, Witherington talks about Christology, Habermas argues for the resurrection, Beckwith takes up the issue of intelligent design in the school system, Zacharias gives insight into apologetics and pantheism, etc. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to contemporary Christian apologists. They discuss classical arguments for God's existence, miracles, challenges to Christianity, and contemporary religious opponents. Definitely a very helpful book if you are looking for a very good introduction to these arguments/issues.

I especially liked Dembski's Information-Theoretic Design argument and Willaim Lane Craig's chapter on the Ontological argument. Both helped explain things that had previously been presented to me in a rather confusing manner.

The only chapters I did not especially like were W. David Beck's chapter on the Thomistic Cosmological argument and Ronald Nash's chapter on the Problem of Evil. Beck tried to prove specific attributes of the Christian God from the Thomistic Cosmological argument, and it seemed rather contrived and unconvincing. Nash was supossed to discuss the Problem of Evil, and he spent most of his chapter discussing what a worldview was (in the middle of the book, mind you), and never really got around to giving a very good answer to the problem. He simply dismisses the argument as invalid (in his one paragraph response), which I imagine is not going to be very persuasive to any naturalists he may encounter.

Overall, this was a VERY good book which I highly recommend. It is probably the top non-advanced apologetic book released in the last few years. Definitely worth your time to read it.

Overall grade: A
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on July 19, 2005
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This tribute to Dr. Geisler is a worthwhile read as "a case for the Christian worldview" is provided. Articles by such people as Gary Habermas, William Lane Craig, and others were very interesting and educational. I especially liked the chapter written by Greg Koukl as being the most applicable to apologetics, as he showed how to "apply apologetics to everyday life." Several of the articles were a little wordy and could have been much simplified, meaning that some laypersons may get easily bored. But overall, I think the book did its job.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on December 6, 2009
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I will reserve comment about my own chapter (on truth and postmodernism), but this is a superb collection of essays defending various aspects of Christianity as true and rational. The total effect is a cumulative case for Christianity as a compelling worldview.

Particularly excellent are the chapters by Moreland (on the argument from mind to God), Craig (on the ontological argument, far more powerful than often thought), Copan (on the argument from objective morality to God), Dembski (on the design argument) and Habermas (for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grace in space-time history).

The essays are written for a thoughtful person, not necessarily versed in philosophy. Nevertheless, this is not "apologetics for dummies." All the arguments are carefully and forcefully stated. Moreover, most of the writers have given their arguments in more intellectually sophisticated forms. For example, see J.P. Moreland, "Consciousness and the Existence of God."

This makes for an excellent textbook for an apologetics class or for a more dedicated adult education class in the church. (By the way, every college and seminary should require apologetics.) The thoughtful non-Christian, willing to carefully investigate Christian truth-claims, would do well to read this book as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Derrick A. Peterson on January 10, 2007
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I was (and remain) somewhat torn about what to rate this book. On the one hand, as far as a quick reference guide to the apologetics landscape, with fairly well-written essays, this is a good book, and deserves perhaps 4 stars. As a festschrift to Norman Geisler on the other hand, it doesn't do its job very well. There are NO tie-ins, notes or reflections by Geisler, and indeed really the only reason one knows its a tribute at all is because it asserts it in a couple places, has a brief introductory note by Josh McDowell, and at the end of the book has a small summary of Geislers publications and educational history. In this instance I would give it two stars. This is hardly "for Norman Geisler" so much as it is a collection of apologetics essays loosley associated with one another only by the fact that they are all apologetics essays, all the authors fall roughly into the conservative-evangelical spectrum of the issues, and that they (obviously) physically occur in a single volume. I am not the biggest Geisler "fan" out there, but the man surely, despite how much you or I agree or disagree with him, surely deserved a more specific (festschrift-ier?) tribute than this.

As far as the actual materials themselves, despite the essays being fairly good introductory essays (and I emphasize introductory, this isn't an in depth text on the various issues) overall there is very little "new" material here. I felt that, along with another reviewer, the essays didn't necessarily reflect their respective author's best works. If you really want to get into a topic, this is not the book to do it with. Go read Dembski's "Intelligent Design" or Craig's "Cosmological Argument," or Habermas' various books on the Resurrection (or N.T. Wrights massive book on the topic, for that matter).
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