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Release data : 01 September, 2005
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Easy to Read, Logic is Sometimes Illogical
This is volume four of Geisler's systematic theology, and it deals with the doctrines of the church and of the last days. Geisler is a dispensational premmillenialist, so he believes that the church was a mystery to the Old Testament saints and was not revealed until the New Testament and was brought forth in Acts chapter two. He believes that the age of the apostles died out when the last of the original 12 apostles died out. He forcefully rejects opposing viewpoints (especially Catholic and Lutheran perspectives) and his dogmatic opinions are occasionally abrasive and irritating.
He believes that the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit also ceased when the apostolic age ceased.
Geisler also teaches that the souls of believers go immediately to heaven upon the death of the body, and that the souls of unbelievers to perdition.
He also believes in the bodily resurrection of Christ and aggressively attacks the slightly modified viewpoints of Murray Harris and Wayne Grudem.
As far as the end times, Geisler believes that the rapture of the saints to heaven to be with Christ could occur at any time. He believes in a literal approach to the book of Revelation and in the future establishment of the millenial kingdom of Christ on earth.
Geisler's book is easy to read and is loaded with scripture. Sometimes his argumentation is bad. For example, in arguing for the necessity of hell, Geisler contends that it is more compassionate for God to create people and allow them to choose eternal hell than for him to not create the person at all. he says that it is better that God loved and lost some than to not have loved them at all. Some of his other arguments for hell seem similarly twisted.
it is true that God created some people who will end up eternally separated from God in the lake of fire, but it is hard to argue that this is somehow indicative of God's compassion.
Otherwise, the bulk of this book is very helpful. 4 stars.
I gave it 5 stars even with the errors
Dr. Norman Geisler is a name that speaks volumes in the Christian Church. He has finished the last of four volumes of his systematic theology. Like the first three of the series the layout of the book is the same. At the end of almost every chapter he gives you quotes from the eary church and the medevil church and the reformation. Also it's very apologetic. In this last volume he gives his view about the church and the end times. Dr. Geisler is a dispensationist. He is pre- trib and pre-Mill in his view of the end times. He also talks about church govt and the gifts of the spirit and touches on the issue of tongues. This book is great from the dispensational view point and I give it 5 stars and a book I would recommend. Having said all that, he made some errors. I hope that Dr. Geisler will correct the errors because it is misrepresentation at best and have his chapter on the tribulation redone. In that chapter he talks about preterism. He mention 4 people and rightly explains the different camps in preterism. The problem is ( I don't know this happen being a book by Geisler) he misrepresent two preterist. He makes mention that Full pretersim is a hersey and rightly so. Partial preterism is okay in the Church. He puts Gary Demar and R.C. Sproul in this camp. Which is where they belong. He goes on to mention two more guys and put them in the full preterism camp. Anorld Chilton and Kenneth Gentry. This is errror and make Dr. Geisler look bad. He already misrepresents Calvinism. Now going on to misrepresent Preterism.
Arnold Chilton was a partial preterist all his life until a heart attack then change his position to a full position after that. A Few months later he died. From my understanding he didn't write a book from this position. Dr. Gentry is a partial preterist and the best advocator for this position today. He was the one to influnce R.C. Sproul to this very position. Dr. Gentry already wrote to the pub to have this change and to forward this to DR. Geisler and I hope that Gielser changes in the next edition.
Good work except for the errors.