At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a. Norman Geiser’s masterful work, Christian Apologetics, is a very thorough textbook that builds a strong epistemological foundation before even. £-V3 / Christian Apobgerics NORMAN, GEISLER UT-DAUASllBRARltS BT G43 stax .. One cannot draw l he limits of language and thought unless he has.

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Failing thus both theoretically and practically, the failure is complete. And the inner growth that results helps one distinguish clear ideas from confused sensations.

It is this faith that God himself puts into the human heart, of which the proof is often the instrument; but this faith is in the heart, and makes us not say scio [I know], but credo [I believe]” No. In short, the Bible is God’s thoughts expressed verbally, and God thinks logically and consistently.

Hence, an absolutely perfect Being must exist. It is a great introduction to the field. Evidence may be used to support, confirm, or even accompany this belief; but it must never be the basis for believing. It must be concluded then that an absolutely perfect Being must exist; the very possibility of an absolutely perfect Being ensures its necessity. The Ways of Knowing, pt. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

This is not a book based on evidential apologetics such as Josh McDowell’s “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” but rather a philosophical approach to apologetics. However, if you have been starving for substance, this will seem like a fine meal. A necessary Being must necessarily 4. Nothing in the world can be identified with God’s revelation, not the flesh of Christ nor the Bible. Hence, either there is no basis for the affirmation that God must be totally dissimilar or else there can be some knowledge of God in terms of our experience, in which case God is not necessarily totally dissimilar to what we know in our experience.


Hence, God must be his own cause. However, Leibniz’ rationalism becomes apparent as he proceeds to argue for the existence of God by way of the principle of sufficient reason.

Fideism has rightly stressed that faith in God is not mere intellectual assent; it is a heart commit- ment. It would mean that effects must be entirely different from their cause. The Positive Contributions of Fideism 1. Leibniz too considered his argument as certain as the laws of thought.

The rational is only the possibly real, but the rationally inescapable is the actually real. The mind can know something is objective without the will responding posi- tively or the heart trusting in it.

An Exposition of Rationalism Rationalism can be most easily understood by contrast with empiri- cism. My nonexistence is logically Possible, as is that of the whole world and God. One of the easiest ways to capture the spirit of Kierkegaard’s thought is in his elaboration of the three stages of life: At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a substantive resource for answering the challenge.

Reality is not unknowable. But in no case is it logically necessary that one exist. Krailsheimer Penguin Books, It is to the Leibniz-Wolffian theism that Kant reacted, and it has been subject to constant criticism since his day. Breaks would violate the harmony of science.

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To deny this is to replace God with evidence about God. Thus he moves from the dubao to the cogito to sum, from “1 doubt” to “1 think” to “I am.

Which will you choose then? This book is wonderful in getting to understand what is “Christian Apologetics” is all about and how apologetics can help one out in understanding what is Christian Aplologetics is. These arguments show only that if there is a God, one cannot maintain that he cannot be known.


The Word of God takes several forms for Barth. His a posteriori proo f begins in doubt and thought.

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The very attempt to deny all expressions about God is an expression about God. The second contribution is sometimes overlooked by overzealous empiricists, namely, there must be an a priori dimension to knowledge.

The disproof of agnosticism is not thereby the proof of realism or theism. The latter claims only that God is partially unknowable because of the limitations Jf man’s finitude and sinfulness. But it does not, says Barth, bring forth a second relatively independent knowledge of God through nature.

Man’s basic problem is not normqn of God’s revelation but offense at its intrusion into his life. Reply to Hume’s Skepticism.

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Indeed that very principle is not itself empirically falsifiable. He disagrees, however, with Kant’s agnostic conclusions. Pascal desired to destroy faith in reason so that he could restore “faith in faith. There is no difference between an invisible, undetectable gardener and no gardener at all.

In line with this purpose we may single out several central tenets of rationalistic epistemology. But this existence must be either infinite or finite. The empirical evi- dence for Christ tells us only that an unusual, humble man lived and died; and rationally man cannot even comprehend God let alone prove him.

The former claims that God and all reality is completely unknowable. The Fideism of Blaise Pascal By comparison with some others, Pascal’s fideism was moderate. The book itself is well written and follows a logical progression from understanding what truth is to evaluating belief systems, then applying epistemology to Christianity.

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