- Hardcover: 615 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801011426
- ISBN-13: 978-0801011429
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 2.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties Hardcover – September 1, 1992
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I did not give the book 5 stars for 2 reasons. First, I thought that some (not many) of the explanations offered were a little hollow. But as I'm typing this, I can only think of 2 instances where I thought this. Secondly, there were a few verses in Scripture that were not dealt with in the book that probably deserved to be addressed due to their controversial or non crystal clear meaning. But again, on the whole, I thought this book was pretty thorough both in the verses it analyzed, and in the analysis itself. Not perfect, but a good solid resource.
If you are looking for a good reference book to answer biblical "contradictions" or out-of-context prooftexts that supposedly support a very unbiblical position, then this is your book. If nothing more, Geisler and Howe give you some ideas of the proper interpretation, and then you can go look for more information if it's not satisfactory. Nobody ever said that being a Christian would ever be easy!
With over 800 questions, the book also has 3 indices for quick and easy reference: topical, Scriptural, and unorthodox doctrines. Thankfully, the questions are also organized by the Bible (starting with Genesis and ending with Revelation) instead of by the question.
While you may not agree with all of the author's conclusions, this does not merit the low rating of some "critics". Such people have nothing better to do than to slam Christian author such as Geisler who try to help others either know more about the Bible or to think more deeply about biblical issues. What an empy existence and life these people must have!
I have heard Geisler preach on occasion and have periodically referred to the book when preparing a Sunday School lesson. While I do not worship Geisler or other authors (and I believe they also do not encourage it!), I do appreciate their efforts to better explain the difficult issues mentioned in the Bible. While he does not claim to be the sole authority on the Bible, Geisler's book will certainly challenge you on what you do believe about the Bible.
Read and enjoy and be challenged!
It is easy to use because it it in Book-chapter-verse sequence.
Norman Geisler is very well respected in his field, enough said on him.
Regarding the negative reviews on Amazon.com they tend to fall in one of two categories:
1. There are those out there whose life ambition is to post negative reviews about Christian books they clearly have never read. Hmmmm... I wonder why.
2. Those that have read the book and take issue with it for their own reasons. I can't say that their reasons are valid or not but I will say that this book is no replacement doing your own homework. Of course no one should just take someone's word for anything. However, whether you agree or not it certainly gives a good starting off point.
It is worth the money at any price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a fantastic book for defending the faith or for those who actually want to know what the bible says with explanations as opposed to just hear things people have said but have no... Read morePublished 12 months ago by rob wenzel
Every Christian should read this book from cover to cover. Though it is a philosophy text, it is not abstruse or complex. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harvey Ramer
This is one of the best books on alleged Bible difficulties (along with Gleason Archer's "Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties") by Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Thomas Howe. Read morePublished 16 months ago by PILGRIM+STRANGER
The item, arrived in a timely fashion and is quite satisfactory.Published 17 months ago by John Francis Russo