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Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library)

by Norman L. Geisler

Buy the book: Norman L. Geisler. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library)

Release Date: February, 1999

Edition: Hardcover


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Buy the book: Norman L. Geisler. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library)

Generally Excellent, Yet Ultimately Unblanaced and Biased

Normal Geisler is an apologetics juggernaut, there's no doubt about it. He has lucid and erudite espositions on many of the key topics in Christian Apologetics and I found his critiques on various philosophers (Kant, Hume, Sartre, Russel etc...) to be the highlight of this book. But if this book is supposed to represent the last word in Christian Apologetics, then I think many Christians are getting duped.

This is the comprehensive, systematic exposition of a Thomistic philosopher, who is an epistemic foundationalist (evidentialist)and a 4 point Arminian/"Moderate Calvinist" (See "Chosen But Free" by Norman Geisler). As a result he misrepresents and dismisses the reformed apologetics (presuppositional apologetics) of Van Til and Plantinga and when I say misrepresents I mean seriously misrepresents. This is not a personal attack on Geisler, nor am I blaming his misrepresentation on his arminianism (even Calvinistic Philosophers have misrepresented Presuppositional Apoloetics see "Classical Apologetics" by R.C. Sproul). I just wish that Baker would have coalesced a group of scholars for this work who come from different apologetic approaches, raher than simply put it into the hands of a single philosopher with a single set of presuppositions.

This is not to say that Geisler has not effectively defended Theism, I think he has done so and quite well. But I think some would inquire as to whether or not he has defended the "Christian Faith." In other words, I (personally) think that at the foundation of his apologetics is a flawed theology which inevitably results in a flawed approach.

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I've had this big book for a few years now,and thought it was about time I put some words in on it.It'll probably be making an amazon list soon..
Includes an article index,and a 30 page bibliography in small print,with most sources used often.On the down side,some articles are given little space,but I suppose he wanted a single book,not a full encyclopedia set. On the up side,he examines many things from evidential/historical apologetics,to theological issues,to the philosophical subjects.From the Jesus Seminar to Mystery Religions,and many philosophers and skeptics are covered here too,even Freud,with an evaluation of their belief systems.
Didn't know what panentheism or acognosticism was? Neither did I,'til now.And knowing is half the battle.Where have I heard that before?
The price might be a put off..don't buy a few magazines or other books for a little while and you'll have some spare cash.You might get your church library or campus organization to purchase it.

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