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Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library) Hardcover – November 1, 1998
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The book is a handy reference despite one's outlook in this area. He attempted the impossible and nearly succeeded. I agree with others that he should have incorporated other scholars to help. Here are the faults that I have with the book: He intends to view most major theologians of the past as *classical* in outlook, Calvin being the major example. Even more ironic is the fact that given his (Geisler) "cold neutrality" towards the Reformed faith, he warmly reivewed Reformed scholars who happened to employ a Classical outlook on apologetics (Machen, Warfield, etc.). Now don't get me wrong, those were good articles that he did. The last problem I have with the book is his treatment of Van Til. Some legitimate criticisms of VT maybe employed (although I certainly wouldn't try) but Geisler gives several columns in praise of VT and 4 pages, double columned in critiquing VT. He even uses John Robbins as a legitimate source on VT (this is nothing against Mr. Robbins, it just should be noted that he is antagonistic towards VT). He also misrepresents Jonathan Edwards.
The Good aspects of the book: Geisler writes with logical precision. He answers most challenges to the faith, and he spends OVER 40 PAGES, DOUBLE COLUMNED in defense of miracles. Obtain a copy of this volume if only for that! Despite my above criticisms of this book, I use it every day and would gladly recommend it to others
I was surprised at, for instance, its extensive coverage of the inadequacies of Islam from a Christian viewpoint (of course). Also, the fairness and objectivity of the author are quite evident when he analyzes numerous influential thinkers. When discussing Karl Marx, Mr. Geisler does not fail to mention some of the positive effects his works had on the treatment of laborers alongside some of the failings of his philosophy.
This book is impossible to describe as other than a masterpiece. If you are a believer and would like to "have an answer for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence", then this a great encyclopedia to have.
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While I have great respect for the author and the cause, I find this book somewhat tedious. In addition, I feel some of the arguments offered are weaker than expected, and would be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Just An Opinion
Wow. This will take me years of study to get through. It truly is an encyclopedia. It has offered answers to every question I've researched.Published 5 months ago by G and L Calley
Dr. Norman Geisler is to be commended for his tremendous job of putting together such a mammoth work. I think if I could have only one apologetics tool, this would be it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by PILGRIM TRIAD
This book is a great resource for reference in Christian Apologetics. It is organized like an encyclopedia with the references listed alphabetically from beginning to make things... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tony