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Baker encyclopedia of Christian apologetics
Geisler, Norman L.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [1999]

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vii, 841 pages ; 27 cm.
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BT1102 .G42 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This comprehensive A to Z reference covers key issues, persons, and concepts related to the defense of Christianity-giving you powerful responses to arguments against the faith. Topics include philosophical systems, contemporary issues, difficult Bible passages, classic apologetic arguments, and more!

Author Notes

Norman Geisler was born on July 21, 1932, in Warren, Mich. He is the author of Christian texts that promote the Bible and morality and serve to provide sound advice and reasoning for the Christian faith. A fervent believer in the inerrancy of the Bible, his books When Skeptics Ask and When Critics Ask provide answers to those who question discrepancies in the Bible or challenge its authority. In Legislating Morality, he discusses why laws should be passed and enforced to create a moral, Christian society.

Geisler is a frequent speaker and debater, providing learned answers about religion and society. He was educated at Wheaton College, the Detroit Bible College, and Loyola University. He is currently the Dean of the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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In 322 articles, arranged alphabetically by subject and averaging two and a half pages in length, Geisler discusses persons and areas of thought that have presented intellectual challenges to Christian thought (i.e., to fundamentalist Christianity). Topics such as evolution, faith and reason, natural law, and revelation are covered, as well as familiar names in philosophy (Hume, Kant). Important fundamentalist figures who may be unfamiliar to some readers (e.g, Edward Carnell, J. Gresham Machen) are also included. The work is up-to-date enough to include Geisler's arguments against the Jesus Seminar, but it also covers classical themes like counterarguments to the existence of God. In each article, Geisler briefly presents enough background for readers to understand the topic, the basic issues, and the arguments opposing his point of view. He often calls such arguments "radical," apparently meaning bad or threatening. Many articles include an evaluation section," where Geisler presents the fundamentalist Christian arguments he thinks defeat the arguments of his opponents, and every article ends with a conclusion that summarizes his point of view. Most subjects are covered by one article, but Geisler devotes eight articles to one of his major concerns, miracles. Articles end with brief bibliographies that list only authors and titles, but a very helpful 29-page bibliography presents full bibliographic information, although it does not list every item mentioned in the article bibliographies. Article and scripture indexes conclude the work. Geisler may not always be fair to his opponents, but he covers an enormous range of material. Recommended for collections lacking a reference work that presents counterarguments by an educated Christian fundamentalist to many classical and contemporary intellectual challenges. Graduate and undergraduate students. D. Bourquin California State University, San Bernardino