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Should Believers Make Ashes of Themselves?

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

This should be available at Amazon in 2019. 

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

Should Old Aquinas be Forgot?

Should Old Aquinas be Forgot?
Why Many Evangelicals Say No
Revised, Second Edition
by Dr. Norman L. Geisler
2013

The first edition of this book was published under the title of Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal in 1991 by Baker Book House (ISBN: 978-0801038440) and republished in 2003 with the same title by Wipf & Stock Publishers (ISBN: 978-1592441549). Printed versions (softcover) of the 2003 unrevised edition may be purchased from WipfandStock.com.

This 2013 version is a light but complete revision of all chapters accomplished by Dr. Geisler in 2013. Most importantly this version adds two completely new chapters—one on evil and one on the origin, nature, and destiny of human beings. In addition, it updates the bibliography with some of the most important recent works by and on Aquinas. This is still the only complete work on Aquinas by an evangelical Scholar available in print today.

Contents
Forward. 5
Chap. 1: The Contemporary Relevance of Aquinas. 7
Chap. 2: The Life of Aquinas. 19
Chap. 3: An Overview of the Thought of Aquinas. 30
Chap. 4: The Bible. 36
Chap. 5: Faith and Reason. 49
Chap. 6: The First Principles of Knowledge. 63
Chap. 7: Reality. 83
Chap. 8: God’s Nature. 94
Chap. 9: God’s Existence. 111
Chap. 10: Human Nature. 129
Chap. 11: Religious Language. 146
Chap. 12: Evil 159
Chap. 13: Law and Morality. 177
Epilogue. 190
End Notes. 191
Select Bibliography. 219
APppendix 1: The Major Writings of Aquinas. 221
Appendix 2: A Chronology of Aquinas’ Life. 222
Appendix 3: God, Angels, and Humans. 223
Index of Subjects and Persons. 224

The Roots of Evil

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

This hard-to-find classic has been revised by Dr. Geisler in 2013. Minor changes have been made and additional material has been added as appendices.

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. 

The Bible: Its Origin, Nature, and Collection

The Bible: Its Origin, Nature, and Collection
by Norman L. Geisler and Douglas E. Potter



Contents

Introduction. 5
1 Origin and Inspiration of the Bible. 6
2 Jesus and the Bible. 17
3 Inerrancy of the Bible. 24
4 Historicity of the Bible. 36
5 Canonicity of the Bible. 47
Appendix: Argument for the Inspiration & Inerrancy of the Bible. 55
Bibliography. 69
More Information. 71

The Doctrine of God

The Doctrine of God
by Norman L. Geisler and Douglas E. Potter
2015

Available at Amazon.com here: 

Contents
1 Introduction to the Doctrine of God
2 Metaphysical Attributes of God
3 The Trinity
4 Non–Moral Attributes of God
5 Moral Attributes and Activities of God
6 Our Response to God’s Attributes
Appendix: An Argument for the Existence and Nature of God

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

Evidence of an Early New Testament Canon

Evidence of an Early New Testament Canon
by Norman Geisler and Shawn Nelson
2015

This is a 64-page book is available as a Kindle e-book at Amazon here:


Description:
Very few laypeople know the story of how the church received the New Testament Scriptures. Christians looking into this important topic for the first time are quickly confronted with alarming claims from critical scholars. Some offer accusations that most New Testament books were written late, forged under the apostle’s names, went through many revisions and were then thrust upon the church through a questionable process four centuries after Christ. This view is not consistent with the church’s long-held belief in inspiration, infallibility and inerrancy.
In contrast this short, easy-to-read book attempts to show that an early New Testament canon is consistent with a high view of Scripture. Evidence is given showing that the formation of the canon would have been a perfectly natural occurrence in the early church. This evidence is based on the fact that Jesus taught the coming of further revelation after his ascension through the apostles he commissioned. These apostles were confirmed through miracles, were aware of their God-given authority, and imposed their writings on the church. These writings were then received by men of God who recognized their divine origin (inspiration). There is finally an overview of events leading up to the formal ratification of the canon in the fourth century.
It is hoped that laypeople will recognize that the central core of the New Testament was already well established after the books were written. And by this, Christians can be all the more confident that the New Testament Scriptures before them today is inspired, infallible and without error.

Contents
Introduction. 4
Definition of Canon. 5
Setting The Stage. 7
Jesus Promised New Revelation. 14
Role of Apostolic Authority. 17
These Apostles Were The Source Of The Writings. 21
The Apostles Imposed Their Authoritative Writings Upon The Church. 29
The Church Received These Writings As Inspired Scripture 34
Towards Final Recognition Of A Closed Canon. 46
Conclusion. 57
Table 1. The New Testament Canon During The First Four Centuries.59
Table 2. Early Citations of the New Testament by The Church Fathers.60
Table 3. Canon Comparison Chart.61

12 Points That Show Christianity is True (in Spanish)

Doce Puntos que Muestran la Veracidad del Cristianismo: Un Manual sobre la Defensa de la Fe Cristiana is the Spanish translation of Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True. It is available as a softcover printed book and as a kindle book only through Amazon.com at this time.

We intend to get it into the MercadoLibre.com distribution system as well soon, but we’re not sure just when that might happen.