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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The Unfalsifiability of Religious Beliefs. Hence, by applying time to reality one eventuates necessarily in contradictions. Unbelievers not only ought to know there is a God but they do know it.

Share your thoughts with other customers. God is the center of the meaningful but real paradox of our faith. There is little disagreement among As John Hick pointed out, there is an asymmetrical relation between verifiability and falsifiability.

First, the rule of certainty states that only indubitably clear and distinct ideas should be accepted as true.

And the more we doubt, the more certain we are of one thing namely, that we are doubting. The real is rational and the heart of ra- tionality is mathematical identity. The emphasis varies from one writer to another, but the central contentions are very similar. View- ing the world fragmentary or segmentally leads to the misconception of evil. Logic can only demonstrate what is possibly real but not what is actually real. Leibniz’ cosmological type argument is likewise rationalistic. The Fideism of Blaise Pascal By comparison with some others, Pascal’s fideism was moderate.

And to assert, as Brunner does, a “general grace” is not to take seriously the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura and to ally oneself with the Roman Catholics. Published March 1st by Baker Academic first published November 30th But in no case is it logically necessary that one exist. Nor is it a life determined by imme- diate interests but one controlled by ultimate concern — that is, a shift of man’s center of interest from the present moment to lifetime duty.


It must be concluded then that an absolutely perfect Being must exist; the very possibility of an absolutely perfect Being ensures its necessity.

God is pre- sented to man for an existential choice, not for rational reflection. Of course, it is actually undeni- able that something exists e. God is unknowable and inexpressible. For to him “natural theology does not even exist as an entity capable. Christian Truth and Apologetics. Fideism has rightly stressed that faith in God is not mere intellectual assent; it is a heart commit- ment.

It will be a valuable addition to any student’s library. In line with this purpose we may single out several central tenets of rationalistic epistemology.

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For logic is embedded in Scripture and Scripture is the logically consistent thoughts of God expressed in verbal form. They argue that agnosticism is wrong simply because one cannot know something is unknowable about reality without thereby implying a knowledge about that something.

It truly is thorough. Gottfried Leibniz The last and perhaps most influential of the rationalistic theists was Leibniz.

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Geisler admits that systematic consistency normaj not provide absolute certainty of truth. Furthermore, all sensations are experienced as “entirely loose and separate.

This edition has been updated throughout and includes three new chapters. See all 41 reviews. As such this kind of agnosti- sm forms no threat to Christian theism.


Second, there is the law of contradiction or identity which affirms that something must be itself and cannot be other than itself. Geisler PhD, Loyola University of Chicago has taught at top evangelical schools for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and onrman at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California.

Clear, concise definitions of various worldviews and explanations of why their truth-tests fail. They are what is mystical,” and “what we cannot speak about we must consign to silence. One need not know the origin or function of a brand-new he-knows- byy.

It is by being without proof that they show they are not without sense. The Word of God takes several forms for Barth.

Faith, n ot reason, is the door to truth. But existence is a necessary element in the idea of an absolutely perfect Being. If everything were unconnected there would be no way of even making that particular statement, since some unity and connection are implied in the affirmation that everything is disconnected.

Third, “cause” is understood in terms of “reason” and “explanation” not distinctly as an ontological “ground” or “basis. The very attempt to deny all expressions about God is an expression about God. Truth is tested personally in one’s apologetjcs by submitting to God, nlrman so forth, but not by human reason.

Or, as Wittgenstein has noted, all justification must come to an end.