Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library)
~Norman L. Geisler
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Release data : February, 1999
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Mr. Geisler is far from an expert on many of these topics. I feel he just flipped through other peoples books and wrote down what he wanted to present to others.
Example is, his talks on say Zen. Anyone whose spent an hour online knows that the whole point of Zen or Eastern Religions, is to achieve an allocentric state of being, aka, enlightenment.
One of the problems is, in the West (USA) the ego is taught as being part of the brain that...blah blah blah
The ego isnt part of the brain, its your symbol of yourself, resulting from being selfcenterd. By meditating, aka, keeping your attention on something else, aka, whats infront of you (the moment), you can go beyond this egocentric state, the state that leads to suffering.
In this allocentric state, time feels to have stopped, life feels blissfull and one has gone beyond fear.
The rulers dont want that...
...the fools will laugh, but the wise will understand
MUST HAVE RESOURCE!
There are ALOT of Apologetics handbooks or resource books of sorts out there. However, most of them that cover a broad array of topics do so at the expense of thoroughness. They never handle any topic with any real depth. This volume is different. It handles all its major topics with great depth. while not becoming so technical that it become annoying to read. While this doesnt cover EVERY topic...it covers 99%..it is a must have resource for any pastor, teacher, or layman...
A must-have Christian apologetics work
Dr. Norman L. Geisler's "Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics" is a must-buy. It is one of the best defenses of orthodox Christianity available anywhere.
The encyclopedia contains excellent evaluations of famous philosophers and views on religions, theology, ontology, epistemology, axiology, biology, cosmology, and hamartiology, among other areas of philosophy.
Geisler skillfully defends Trinitarian monotheism, the physical resurrection of Jesus, the historicity and reliability of the Old and New Testaments, the possibility and reality of miracles, theistic proofs, the virgin birth, the principle of causality, the divine inspiration of the Bible, Christian exclusivism/particularism, moral absolutism, divine essentialism, creation ex nihilo, the early dates of the Gospels, predictive Biblical prophecy, divine omniscience and omnipotence and other attributes, the justness of Hell, the reality of Satan, and other key Christian doctrines and philosophical concepts.
Geisler thoroughly refutes atheism, polytheism, agnosticism, pantheism, panentheism, deism, Finite Godism, communism, utilitarianism, materialism, monism, existentialism, humanistic optimism, nihilism, secular humanism, fideism, mysticism, illusionism, atomism, Islam, Hinduism, religious pluralism, creation ex deo, the J-E-D-P and Q Gospel theories, Gnosticism, conventionalism, deconstructionism, logical positivism, modalism and other Christological heresies, Molinism, naturalism, neotheism, neopaganism, reincarnation, Sikhism, annihilationism, universalism, and other false doctrines.
The book contains a helpful index of Scripture and Apocrypha, but instead of a word index has only an article index. The book contains many cross-references and is highly readable. It clearly presents Christian arguments and accurately and fairly evaluates anti-Christian arguments. Geisler is careful not to jump to conclusions.
The book mentions several cults as part of articles on other topics. The book doesn't discuss Heaven and Purgatory, and doesn't get too much into the Catholic vs. Protestant issue (mass, papacy, Mary, infant baptism, etc.), except for the article on the Apocrypha. Hopefully these and other topics will be added in future editions. Nevertheless, this book is outstanding and a perfect complement to William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland's "Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview," as well as a corrective to Craig's theological Molinism. Don't hesitate; buy this book today and you will not be disappointed!