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Knowing the Truth About Creation

Knowing the Truth about Creation
How it Happened and What it Means for Us
Revised, Second Edition
by Norman L. Geisler
2013

Printed versions of the first edition (1989) may be purchased through http://wipfandStock.com.

The Kindle e-book version of the second edition may be available on Amazon. But it needs to be recreated in Kindle and softcover formats.

Contents

Preface. 5
PART ONE – What the Bible Tells Us about Creation. 8
Chapter 1 | God and Creation. 8
Chapter 2 | Material Creation: Man and the Cosmos. 23
Chapter 3 | Spiritual Creation: The Angels and Heaven. 31
PART TWO | What Philosophy and Science Tell us About Creation. 38
Chapter 4 | The Three Philosophical Views of Creation. 38
Chapter 5 |The Philosophical Arguments for Creation. 53
Chapter 6 | Science and Creation. 64
PART THREE | The Moral and Spiritual Implications of Creation. 85
Chapter 7 | Respect for Creation. 85
Chapter 8 | Reverence for the Creator. 98
Appendix 1 | Biblical References to Creation. 107
Appendix 2 | The Four Basic Views on Creation. 108
Chapter Notes. 111
Index. 125
Bibliography. 129
More Information 135

Translations

This book was translated into Persian in 2021. Contact us for more information.

Explaining Biblical Inerrancy

Explaining Biblical Inerrancy

The Chicago Statements on Biblical Inerrancy, Hermeneutics, and Application with Official ICBI Commentary

by the ICBI Drafting Committee, R. C. Sproul, Norman L. Geisler, and J.I. Packer

You may download Explaining Biblical Inerrancy in a digital format for free:

You may also purchase this book from Amazon as a printed book or kindle e-book.

From its inception in the 1730s, the evangelical movement was underpinned by the conviction that the Bible was the inspired, infallible, and inerrant word of God. The evangelical seminaries and societies that sprang up in the 1930-1940s as a response to the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy and to the abandonment of orthodoxy in the mainline Protestant divinity schools started off as bastions of that same conviction. But it became clear in the 1970s that more humanistic notions were beginning to become endemic there too. Seminarians were learning that the Bible was ultimately more human than divine, contained errors of fact and logic, and needed to be interpreted in new ways. Seeing how these innovations would undermine and erode the foundations of their Bible-based faith, more than 300 scholars and leaders arose to meet the challenge with a scholarly, conservative, and pan-denominational response. This International Council on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI) worked to clarify the proper ways “handle the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15) and to educate evangelicals about its importance. As a result, the revolutionaries retreated for the remainder of the 20th-century.

Explaining Biblical Inerrancy is a collection of the three primary and two secondary documents of the ICBI corpus. It offers a witness to a historic era where conservative evangelical scholarship may have approached its zenith, delayed its twilight, and contributed to the fourth Great Awakening. This repository of 20th century wisdom should provide a valuable and timeless resource for 21st century evangelicals who stand at the cross-roads of conservation and contextualization, tradition and trends, preservation and progress, retention and revolution.

This 170-page book contains the articles of affirmation and denial from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978), the articles of affirmation and denial from the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982), the commentary on the first statement by Dr. R.C. Sproul (Explaining Inerrancy, 1980), and the commentary on the second statement by Dr. Norman Geisler (Explaining Hermeneutics, 1983). Explaining Inerrancy and Explaining Hermeneutics were two official booklets published by the ICBI Council to help explain the meaning of the first two Chicago statements.

Contents

What Augustine Says

What Augustine Says, Revised, Second Edition
Norman Geisler
2013

The first edition of this book (1982) may be purchased as a printed book from Wipf and Stock here.

Bastion Books is working to republish a second edition in 2022 or 2023.  

Contents

Preface. 11
Sourcs and Abbreviations. 12
Chapter 1: Faith and Reason. 13
I. Reason initially precedes faith. 13
A. Reason helps one judge whether authority is credible. 13
B. Reason precedes faith in reality, not in time. 14
C. Reason tells us that it is reasonable to believe what we cannot ascertain by reason. 14
D. Reason helps us understand the contents of what is to be believed. 15
E. Reason helps us to believe what we cannot see. 15
F. Reason removes objections to belief. 15
G. Reason persuaded by evidence can call one to faith. 16
II. Faith precedes full understanding. 16
A. Faith logically precedes understanding. 16
B. Faith logically proceeds toward understanding. 17
III. Faith rewards reason with clear understanding. 18
A. Faith overcomes deception, the result of sin. 18
B. Only faith can overcome deception. 19
IV. Reason is adequate to demonstrate God’s existence. 20
A. The existence of God can be proven by reason. 20
B. All truth is God’s truth. 23
C. Plato would be a Christian today. 24
D. Reason is inherently more excellent than faith. 24
V. Reason confirms faith with evidence. 25
A. Faith is confirmed through historical miracles. 25
B. with is confirmed through fulfilled prophecy. 28
C. with is confirmed through the conversion of pagans. 29
D. Faith is confirmed through the nature of the Bible. 29
VI. Faith is more profound than reason. 30
A. Faith and reason are distinguishable. 30
B. Faith transcends reason. 30
VII. Faith and reason complement each other. 31
A. Faith and reason are separate sources of truth. 31
B. Faith and reason never contradict 31
VIII. Faith and reason can be used to show truth in an extraordinary manner. 32
Chapter 2: The Bible. 33
I. The Inspiration of the Bible. 33
II. The Authority of the Bible. 36
III. The Inerrancy of the Bible. 39
A. The Bible does not contradict itself. 39
B. The Bible contains no errors. 40
C. The Bible refutes the claims of higher criticism.. 44
IV. The Canonicity of the Bible. 46
A. The Extent of the canon. 46
B. The Closing of the canon. 47
C. The Principles of Canonicity. 48
D. Augustine’s mistaken views on the canon. 49
E. Augustine’s inconsistency on the canon. 50
Chapter 3: God’s Attributes. 51
I. God’s nature. 51
A. Aseity. 51
B. Immutability. 53
C. Indivisibility. 57
D. Omnipresence. 58
E. Omnipotence. 59
F. Immateriality. 59
G. Eternality. 60
II. God’s relation to time. 61
A. The nature of time. 61
B. The relation of time and the act of creation. 66
C. God’s knowledge of time. 71
D. God’s will and time. 73
E. God’s acts and time. 73
Chapter Four: Christ. 75
I. Humanity: Christ as man. 75
A. Christ’s human nature was full and complete. 75
B. Christ’s human nature was necessary for our salvation. 80
C. Christ as man is the second Adam. 82
D. Christ as man necessitates the resurrection of the dead. 83
E. Christ as man judges man on the basis of His humanity. 83
II. Deity: Christ as God. 83
A. Christ’s divine nature is full and complete. 83
B. Christ as God is inseparable from the Father. 86
C. Christ’s actions are as God’s. 89
D. Christ as God is the Mediator for men with God. 91
III. Humanity and Deity: Christ as God and man united in one person. 92
A. Christ incarnate is simultaneously human and divine. 92
B. Christ has both “form of God” and “form of servant.”. 93
C. Christ as the Word (logos) is begotten of the Father. 97
D. Christ as man and God exists in both time and eternity (see also 240-242, 259-261). 99
Chapter 5: Human Beings. 101
I. The creation, of human beings. 101
A. Human beings were created by God. 101
B. Humans are made in God’s image. 103
C. God has created man to have dominion over the animals. 106
D. Whether the soul is originated through creation or by propagation is yet to be decided. 106
E. Humans are meant to be in subjection to God. 108
F. Human happiness depends on God. 108
II. The nature of human beings. 109
A. Humans are a composite being: soul and body. 109
B. Man possesses a material part: the body. 109
C. Man possesses immaterial parts. 113
D. Material and immaterial are related. 118
E. Human nature is good in itself (see also chapter 8, Evil). 122
F. Human nature has been corrupted by evil (see also 602-611). 123
III. The fall of the Human Race (see also 496-510). 124
A. The whole human race was involved in original sin. 124
B. Humans are born in sin. 125
C. Original sin brought condemnation on the entire race. 125
D. The whole human race was corrupted by original sin. 126
E. The human race is wholly corrupted by sin. 127
F. Original sin resulted in death. 127
G. The soul lost its mastery over the body. 128
Chapter 6: Salvation. 129
I. God and salvation. 129
A. The order of God’s decrees. 129
B. Predestination. 131
C. Election. 134
II. Christ and salvation. 137
A. Christ: the basis of true universal faith. 137
B. The extent of Christ’s atonement 137
C. The nature of Christ’s atonement: penal substitution. 139
D. The effects of Christ’s atonement 143
E. Christ as priest-mediator. 148
F. The necessity of Christ’s incarnation for His death. 150
III. The Holy Spirit and salvation. 152
A. God’s Holy Spirit is the effectual agent in the effectual call. 152
B. God’s Holy Spirit is the continuous witness of God’s love for man. 154
IV. God’s revelation and salvation. 155
A. Creation is a witness to the creator. 155
B. Scripture is a witness to the Saviour. 155
V. The witness and help of others in salvation. 158
A. The benefits of the prayers and witness of others. 158
B. The relation of works and salvation. 159
C. Relation of baptism and forgiveness of sins. 160
Chapter 7: Free Will and Grace. 163
I. The nature of free will. 163
A. Free will is first defined. 163
B. Free will is a created good. 163
C. Free will implies the ability to do evil. 163
D. Free will entails moral responsibility. 164
E. Free will involves the power not to sin. 164
F. Free will involves the power to believe or not believe. 164
G. Free will allows one to perform free acts. 165
II. Free will and the fall. 168
A. Sin arises when the will chooses a lower good (see 625). 168
B. Human beings fell voluntarily, without compulsion. 169
C. Fallen humans have lost the freedom to do good without God’s help. 170
D. Fallen persons retain free will to do evil. 171
E. Fallen persons retain freedom to accept God’s grace. 172
III. The need for grace to aid free will. 173
A. All evil comes from an evil will. 173
B. Grace is needed to overcome an evil will. 173
C. Only the redeemed are truly free. 174
D. Grace is needed to keep God’s laws. 175
E. Grace is needed to perform any good act. 176
E. Even faith is a gift of God. 176
G. But God’s gifts are received by free choice. 177
H. However, there is no merit in our free will. 180
IV. The nature and function of grace with free will. 181
V. Some problems in human understanding of grace and free will. 182
C. Does God desire all men to be saved?. 183
E. Is God’s saving grace resistible?. 185
F. Is God’s saving grace compulsive?. 187
G. Why is it just to save only some?. 189
H. Is it fair to condemn infants who have made no free choice?. 190
Chapter 8: Evil. 193
I. Every substance as such is good. 193
A. All of God’s Creation is Good. 193
B. There is no evil substance (see 602-604). 194
C. All who depart from goodness show they were created good. 195
D. No departures from goodness are from God. 195
II. The Supreme Good is Incorruptible. 196
A. Created Good Results From a Good Creator. 196
B. The Supreme Good is Eternal and Incorruptible. 196
C. The Supreme Good is Separate From Corruptible Substance. 197
III. Only created Goods are Corruptible. 198
A. All substance is created by God. 198
B. Created goods are corruptible because they are mutable. 198
C. Created goods differ in degree. 199
D. Corruption results from abandoning untreated good. 199
IV. Evil is not a Substance. 200
A. Evil tends toward nonexistence. 200
B. Evil has no positive nature. 200
C. All created substance is good. 200
V. Evil is a Corruption of Substance. 201
A. Evil is defined as “corruption.”. 201
B. Evil as corruption is contrary to nature. 201
C. Corruption is the result of sin. 202
D. The source of this sin is the will (see also 618-628). 202
VI. Evil is not caused by God. 203
A. God is incorruptible, therefore He cannot cause corruption. 203
B. God did not cause the first evil will. 203
C. God cannot be the cause of evil. 204
D. God is not to be blamed for the creature’s faults. 204
E. God permits evil so that we will desire the future blessed life. 204
VII. The Abuse of Freedom is the Cause of Evil. 205
A. Evil came through freedom (see 473-500). 205
B. Evil is freely turning from the infinite good to the lesser good (see 601). 205
C. Pride is the beginning of evil. 207
D. Man’s misuse of freedom is possible due to his being made out of nothing. 207
E. All men are affected by the first parents’ turn from good (see 373-385). 207
VIII. Evil Never Completely Corrupts Good. 208
A. Every damaged nature was originally good. 208
B. Evil is defect in created good. 208
C. Evil is never total. 208
IX. Evil is Part of a Total Picture of Good. 209
A. God foresaw but permitted evil. 209
B. It was good for God to permit evil. 210
C. God accomplishes a greater good by permitting evil. 210
Chapter 9: Ethics 213
I. The Love Ethic. 213
A. Supreme love. 213
B. The love of God. 213
C. The love of self. 214
D. Love and virtues. 215
E. Virtue and Christianity. 218
F. Virtue, a precondition of truth. 218
II. Ethical Dilemmas. 218
A. General Conflicts. 218
B. Special Cases. 220
III. Specific Ethical Issues. 221
A. War. 221
B. Suicide. 222
C. Lying. 222
D. Rape. 224
E. Sex. 224
F. Nudity. 225
G. Gluttony. 225
H. Ethics and Progressive Revelation. 226
Appendix One: Early and Late Augustine on Free Will and Grace. 228
Key Influences on Augustine’s Change of View on Free Will and Grace. 228
Some Contrasts between the Early and Later View of Augustine on Grace and Free Will 228
Key Books Involved in the Early and Late View on Grace and Free Will 229

The Religion of the Force (Star Wars)

The Religion of the Force
Revised, Second Edition
by Richard G. Howe
and Norman L. Geisler
2015


Contents
Preface ……………………………………………………………… 5
1 | The Star Wars Phenomenon ……………………………. 8
2 | Is There a Religion of the Force? …………………… 12
3 | What is George Lucas’s Religion? …………………. 26
4 | Star Wars and Christianity ……………………………. 31
5 | What is the Source of the Force? …………………… 55
6 | What is the Gospel According to Lucas? ………… 62
7 | What Makes the Difference? …………………………. 66
8 | What Difference Does it Make? …………………….. 74
About the Authors ……………………………………………. 79
How to Know God …………………………………………… 80
Notes ……………………………………………………………… 96

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Gambling is a Bad Bet

 

is a 5 page booklet by Dr. Norman Geisler that responds to the usual arguments given in favor of gambling and gives several arguments (moral, statistical, economic, cultural, social, domestic, and addictive) against gambling.

This should become available on Amazon in 2019. 

Should Believers Make Ashes of Themselves?

Should Believers Make Ashes of Themselves? Cremation: The Burning Question
by Dr. Norman L. Geisler
2013

This is not available at this time. Bastion Books intends to make it available in 2022 or 2023.  

Introduction

Traditionally Christians, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims have practiced burial and not cremation. But the tide is turning, at least for Christians. Is this good or bad? What does burial symbolize? Is Cremation a Christian symbol?

Cremation is on the Increase in the US
In 1975 the number of US cremations was less than 10%. Today it is over 40%. Within a decade it is projected to be over 50%. Cremation varies from state to state. In some states it rises to 70%, and in others it is only 10%. Likewise, in some countries like Japan the cremation rate is 95%, while in other countries like Poland (largely Catholic) it is only 10%.
Views on cremation vary among religions. Buddhism and Hinduism require it, whereas, the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) have traditionally disapproved it. It is allowed by many other groups, such as Shinto, Reformed Judaism, Christian Science, Unitarians, Methodists, Episcopalians, and others.
Many arguments, pro and con, have been offered on the topic of cremation. First, we will examine the reasons generally given in favor of it (chap. 2). Then, we will offer a brief response to them by opponents (chap. 3). Following that, we will look at the reasons often offered for burial rather than burning the dead (chap. 4). Finally, we will attempt to answer some tough questions relating to the practice of burial of the dead (chap. 5).

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What is Cremation?. 5
Chapter 2: Reasons Given in Favor of Cremation. 8
Chapter 3: Responses Given to Arguments for Cremation. 12
Chapter 4: Reasons in Favor of Burial 17
Chapter 5: Answering Tough Questions. 25
Appendix 1: Responding to Alleged Biblical Examples of Cremation. 28

Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal

The first edition, titled Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal, was published in 1991 by Baker Book House (ISBN: 978-0801038440) and then republished in 2003 under the same title by Wipf & Stock Publishers (ISBN: 978-1592441549). The first edition is still available as a softcover book from Wipf&Stock here and as an e-book in the Logos system here.

Second Edition. Norm revised the book in 2012 and added two completely new chapters—one on evil and one on the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings. This edition is not available at this time. Bastion Books is working to republish it in 2022 after adding a few new appendices.

Contents

Foreword

Chapters:

1: The Contemporary Relevance of Aquinas.
2: The Life of Aquinas.
3: An Overview of the Thought of Aquinas
4: The Bible
5: Faith and Reason
6: The First Principles of Knowledge
7: Reality
8: God’s Nature
9: God’s Existence
10: Human Nature
11: Religious Language
12: Evil
13: Law and Morality

Epilogue
End Notes
Select Bibliography

Appendices:

1: The Major Writings of Aquinas
2: A Chronology of Aquinas’s Life
3: God, Angels, and Humans
4: Christian History Interview with Norm Geisler about Thomas Aquinas
5: Does Thomism lead to Roman Catholicism?
6: Directions in Neo-Thomism

If you would like to review an advanced pre-view copy of the third edition of the book and provide a recommendation blurb for it, or if you have any constructive criticism of/for the book, please feel free to send it to the editor through our contact page.

Praise for the book

“This is ‘must reading’ for every thinking Christian. I am thrilled by this careful analysis of St. Thomas.”

R.C. Sproul, Emeritus Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

“The book gives an understandable presentation of many of Aquinas’ major contributions and shows how they are relevant, at times even crucial, to contemporary discussion. In the process Geisler strikes a credible blow against the current unfounded prejudice towards S. Thomas in evangelical thought.”

Winfried Corduan,Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, Taylor University

“Dr. Geisler is a man I have known and admired for many years. It is indeed the rare man who can find in an apparent enemy an ally. But Geisler’s study of Thomas Aquinas is far more than an instance of the old adage fas est et ab hoste doceri (it is right to learn even from the foe). He enables evangelicals and Catholics to see the immense range of truths that unite us, not as some least common denominator, but truths that are at the heart of our Christian faith.”

Ralph McInerny, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

“Dr. Geisler has hit a grand slam with Thomas Aquinas. This volume makes accessible the many Thomistic nuggets to the evangelical world. Whether you’re a theologian or lay person, this clear and understandable work offers crucial ideas for understanding the Bible, God, creation, reality, the relationship between faith and reason, and much more. This must-read book is an indispensable resource for any thinking Christian’s toolkit. Take and read!” 

Joseph M. Holden, President, Veritas International University

“Geisler makes a good case for his message that the writings of Aquinas can be of great value to today’s Protestant and Roman Catholic philosophers and theologians.”

Robert N. Campbell, Aquinas Scholar

“Paul tells us in Rom. 1:20 that the invisible attributes of God ‘are clearly seen through the things that are made.’ He echoes the Psalmist who tells us that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God’ (Ps. 19:1). No philosopher in history has done a better job of unpacking the philosophical richness of Paul’s and the Psalmist’s proclamations than Thomas Aquinas. Evangelicals who ignore Aquinas’s thinking here and in other areas are doing themselves a great disservice. There is no better place to begin appreciating his philosophy than Dr. Norman Geisler’s excellent book. It should be in the library of every thoughtful Christian.”

Richard G. Howe, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary

“Thomas Aquinas is arguably the greatest mind Christendom has ever produced. Yet many Christians are unfamiliar with his life and extraordinary accomplishments. Norman Geisler has done a great service for evangelical Protestants by providing them with a general introduction to St. Thomas’s life and system of thought. Old Aquinas has indeed much wisdom to teach all branches of Christendom.”

Kenneth Samples, Senior Research Scholar, Reasons to Believe

“Some may be surprised that a well-known Christian leader, such as Norman Geisler, would propose greater evangelical appreciation of Thomas Aquinas.  But, in fact, reading Aquinas will enrich the evangelical Christian’s theology, philosophy, and apologetics. In this book, Geisler seeks to give a basic explanation of the untapped riches of Thomistic theology and philosophy to the evangelical and to whoever is open to learning it. For this reason, I recommend this book as a beginner’s guide to those who are interested in learning from Aquinas but whose hearts falter at the prospect of having to learn the medieval scholastic literary method.” 

Miguel Angel Endara, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, Veritas International University

“Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot? is an astute introduction to the philosophical thought of Aquinas for evangelical thinkers.  The list of topics are extensive: faith and reason, religious language, Aquinas on the Bible, reasoning for God’s existence and nature, natural law, the human person.  Its abundant citations acquaint the reader with Aquinas himself and open the door to deeper dimensions of his metaphysical thought.”

John F. X. Knasas, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston

“Evangelicals must stop thinking of the medieval period as the long dark time between Augustine and Luther. Geisler’s critical but charitable engagement with Aquinas’ writings provides a helpful introduction to overturning some common misunderstandings about Thomas’ philosophy and offers an invitation to further study in the period.”

John R. Gilhooly, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology and Director of the Honors Program, Cedarville University

“Should old Aquinas be forgot? Absolutely not. Dr. Geisler presents the importance and relevance of Aquinas with his rare ability to get quickly and succinctly at the heart of Aquinas’ major contributions. I highly recommend this book!”

Thomas W. Baker, Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Veritas International University

“It is with great enthusiasm that I commend Dr. Norm Geisler’s evangelical compendium on the theological genius of Saint Thomas Aquinas. In this book, Dr. Geisler is both conductor and instrumentalist as he directs the concerto on the veritas Dei composed by the humble Dominican Friar. To all who have undergone their own intellectual born-again experience and to all who have yet to discover God’s philosophy: Tolle Lege! (“Take up and read!”) Then you will discover why it is the highest compliment to be called a Thomist.”

Kenny Rhodes, Visiting Scholar, Reasons to Believe

“In the 16th through 19th centuries, many Protestant theologians maintained a critical appreciation of the thought of Thomas Aquinas. Some probably qualify as Reformed Thomists. However, from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s, there was a major shift in Protestant reception of Thomistic thought. Aquinas was either ignored or attacked. In the mid-1900s, however, things began to change. Some Protestant scholars began, once again, interacting positively with Aquinas. In 1957, Norman Geisler argued in an article that there were some very good reasons for a renewed Protestant consideration of the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and, more importantly, Protestants could actually embrace the thought of Aquinas on a number of key issues. This is not a novel claim, but, more accurately, a return to the early Reformed approach to the thought of Aquinas. Protestant interest in the work of Aquinas has since continued to grow, creating a debate concerning how much of Aquinas’s thought Protestants can use without compromising the truths of Scripture that were salvaged during the Reform. This revised version of his 1991 book, which includes helpful additions concerning the noetic effects of sin, pure act and divine simplicity, an entirely new chapter on Aquinas’s approach to human nature, a reworking of his chapter on evil, and some new appendices, is a helpful introduction to the thought of Thomas Aquinas, and deserves a wide readership.”

David Haines, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Veritas International University

The Roots of Evil

The Roots of Evil, Revised, Third Edition
by Dr. Norman L. Geisler

In 2013, Norm made some minor revisions to the book and added additional material in the form of appendices. Bastion Books plans to publish this third edition in 2022 or 2023. Please check back for more updates!

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 | THE DILEMMA OF EVIL.. 6
CHAPTER 2 | PHILOSOPHICAL OPTIONS CONCERNING EVIL.. 8
Illusionism… 8
Dualism… 10
CHAPTER 3 | PHILOSOPHICAL OPTIONS CONCERNING GOD.. 15
Atheism… 15
Finite Godism… 17
Sadism… 20
Open Theism… 22
CHAPTER 4 | THE THEISTIC EXPLANATION OF EVIL.. 25
CHAPTER 5 | THE WORLDS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.. 33
Options Open to God to Create Better Worlds. 33
The Best Way to the Best World. 38
The Beatific Vision: Seeing God Face-to-Face. 40
But what about the choice to do Evil?. 41
Why Did God Create a World where He Knew that Not all Would be Saved?. 42
Concluding Thoughts. 43
CHAPTER 6 | EXPLANATIONS FOR PHYSICAL EVIL.. 44
What About Gratuitous Evil?. 50
Why Doesn’t God Miraculously Intervene to Stop Evil?. 51
CHAPTER 7 | CONCLUDING REMARKS ABOUT EVIL.. 55
APPENDIX 1 | WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NOT HEARD?.. 57
APPENDIX 2 | Questions About the Eternal Destiny of the Lost. 60
APPENDIX 3 | WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE.. 66
APPENDIX 4 | GOD, EVIL, AND DISPENSATIONS. 80
APPENDIX 5 | 9 Points for Preaching on the Problem of Evil 96
More Questions Than Answers?. 96
The Atheist’s Dilemma. 97
Evil Cries Out for God. 97
If God Created Only Good Things, Then Where Did Evil Come From?. 98
What Caused Lucifer to Sin?. 98
But If God Is All-Good and All-Powerful, Why Is Evil Not Defeated?. 99
What About the Holocaust?. 100
Why Earthquakes, Tornados, and Tsunamis?. 100
God Never Wastes a Tragedy. 101
No Pain, No Gain. 101
REFERENCES. 103
MORE INFO.. 107

Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders
Norman L. Geisler
1988, 2019

Available on Amazon.com in softcover print and Kindle formats!




The first edition of this book was published by Tyndale House Publishers (1988) and by Wipf and Stock publishers (2004).

This 2019 version is available only through Bastion Books on Amazon.com. This 2019 version is only slightly revised, has an updated forward by Norm, and remains 99% the same as the 1988/2004 version.

Contents

Chapter 1 – Alice in Signs-and-Wonders-Land. 7
Chapter 2 – What Do We Mean by “Supernatural”?. 17
Chapter 3 – Skeptical or Open-Minded?. 26
Chapter 4 – Truly Supernatural or Merely Unusual?. 39
Chapter 5 – Miracle or Magic. 52
Chapter 6 – Psychological or Supernatural?. 69
Chapter 7 – Demonic or Divine?. 85
Chapter 8 – Is There a Yardstick for Miracles?. 99
Chapter 9 – Do Miracles Occur Today?. 116
Appendix 1 – Miracles and the Element of Faith. 136
Appendix 2 – Are Miracles Always Successful, Immediate, and Permanent?. 139
Appendix 3 – Is the New Testament Gift of Prophecy Fallible?. 145
Appendix 4 – The Miracle of Manna. 150
Appendix 5- Were New Testament Tongues Real Languages?. 152
Appendix 6 – The Use of Physical Objects in Healing. 155
Appendix 7 -Did Only Apostles Speak in Tongues at Pentecost?. 157
Appendix 8 – New Testament Lists of Gifts. 159
Glossary of Special Terms. 162
Works Cited. 163
More Information. 167

Paperback print copies of the 2004 may also be available for purchase at Wipf and Stock.

Electronic versions of the 1988/2004 version can be purchased at http://logos.com. 

God: A Philosophical Argument from Being

God: A Philosophical Argument from Being
by Dr. Norman L. Geisler
2015

Available as a Kindle e-book at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YOAD568.

In this is a 30 page book, Dr. Geisler presents an original, logical, philosophical argument for the existence of the theistic God. This is not a repackaging of the cosmological or ontological arguments. While predicated upon and arguably a logical outworking of thomistic metaphysics, this argument was not explicitly articulated by Thomas Aquinas. And although it may be similar to Avicenna’s (thomistic) argument from contingency for a necessary being, this argument was developed independently of Avicenna. (Great minds think alike!) This is the first time this particular argument from being has been published.

Contents
Introduction 4
Chapter 1: Definition of Terms 5
Chapter 2: The Argument Outlined 10
Chapter 3: The Argument with Commentary 12
Chapter 4: Answering Anticipated Questions 23
More Information 30