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Does God exist?
What if he is not all-powerful?
Where did evil come from?
Are miracles mythological?
Why is Jesus better than other teachers?

When skeptics ask questions like these, believers can turn to this helpful, user-friendly guide for thoughtful answers and clear explanations. In When Skeptics Ask, apologetics experts Geisler and Brooks explain how to defend the faith, using the authority and inspiration of Scripture. Readers will discover answers for objections to classic Christianity and learn to identify and respond to the misuse of Scripture by nonbelievers.

"Geisler is one of the foremost defenders of the Christian faith today."--Josh McDowell

"Geisler has been a model of apologetical activism to a generation of evangelicals. When Skeptics Ask is no exception to this rule."--J. P. Moreland

"This is an excellent tool for Christians who want to be able to provide sound answers to real intellectual questions about the Christian faith."--R. C. Sproul

Norman L. Geisler is cofounder and former dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

Ronald M. Brooks formerly of X-press Ministries, is coauthor of Come, Let Us Reason.

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than seventy books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080107164X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801071645
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the most exhaustive introduction to apologetics. It is up-to-date, rich in sound arguments and yet accessible to those who are not so philosophically minded or who have not had the benefit of higher education. It reads very easily, it covers all issues, and even contains some discussions that are not easily found in apologetics books (see the excellent discussion on archeology). Any Christian who is not so intellectually minded should have this book!
A weaker part in the book is the introduction to apologetics (chapter one). The authords present apologetics as "preevangelism", but I think that apologetics belong to the gospel (as shown in 1Co 15, the evangelistic discourses in Actes...). Another problem with the introduction is that it presents apologetics only in the context of evangelization, and does not mention another very important aspect: strengthening one's faith so as to be able to resist periods of doubts, building a shield of faith capable of stopping the darts of the enemy. Anyway the introduction makes of very good job of showing the necessity of apologetics for evangelization in a very few pages.
Concerning the existence of God, the authors succeed in explaining the Kalam, design, moral and ontological arguments with simplicity and in dealing with many God-related issues.
The authors do also a good work of simply introducing and refuting the other worldviews. Concerning the problem of evil they present a combination of free will, "best-way" and soul-deciding theodicies. They treat well the question of miracles.
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59 of 69 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on July 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I so much more enjoyed this book compared to Geisler's Christian Apologetics, partly because I found the latter to be very dry and dull. But this book is so much more readable, with good support of the points and understandable to a general lay audience. It is also a good reference tool, especially when dealing with agnostic/athiest friends and acquaintances. The authors do a super job in supporting the Christian position. They don't utilize lame argumentation, but rather, dig deeper at the issues to fully back up their obvious Christian presuppositions. To the atheist reading this, I challenge you to honestly and openly read this book and hold to your current position. I think you will be surprised at the available evidence for the Christian position.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Norman Geisler is a famed apologist and theologian. The companion volume to this book is When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties. He has written/cowritten many other books such as Philosophy of Religion, Christian Apologetics, Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective, Systematic Theology, etc. Co-author Ron Brooks has also written Christianity Under Attack: a Study Guide.

They wrote in the first chapter of this 1990 book, "The objections that unbelievers raise are usually not trivial. They often cut deep into the heart of the Christian faith and challenge its very foundations. If miracles are not possible, then why should be believe Christ was God? If God can't control evil, is He really worthy of worship? Face it: if these objections can't be answered, then we may as well believe in fairy tales. These are reasonable questions which deserve reasonable answers... Fortunately, Christian thinkers have been answering these questions ever since Paul's time, and we can draw on their knowledge to help us find the answers we want... Unbelievers have good questions. Christianity has good answers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ansen Plopbundle on February 18, 2014
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Geisler's book When Skeptics Ask is an introductory book on Christian apologetic evidences. I believe the audience best suited to read WSA is the Christian layman who wishes to familiarize him/herself with an introduction to Christian apologetics. Though this can be read by skeptics, the book is tilted to the Christian audience, and the skeptic will likely not enjoy how often the book assumes the truth of Christianity at many points. But, again, the book is *for* Christians - notice the title - the book is to be used *when* skeptics ask, as in - when skeptics ask *you*.

Anyway, all of the basics are covered: An introductory piece on why Christian apologetics is important and is required by Christians, the existence of God, questions about other gods, questions about evil, miracles, Jesus, Bible, biblical archaeology, evolution, heaven and hell, the nature of truth and morality.

Geisler knows how to get to the point very quickly and that is a good thing for the Christian layman. This will not be a tome to pour through, and may be short enough just to prick the conscience and interest of someone to investigate some of these issues in further detail. I have recommended this for my church library.

There's really no downside to this book unless you've read several other works by Geisler. He has written so many books, that often, if you've read one, you've read them all. So, if you're very familiar with Geisler's other writings, this might not be the best place to turn. But that is just to note - it is not impacting my rating of this book.
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