What in Cremation is Going on? A Christian Guide to Post Mortem Decisions
Norman L. Geisler and Douglas E. Potter
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Table of Contents INTRODUCTION 5 CHAPTER 1: WHAT IN CREMATION IS GOING ON? 7 CHAPTER 2: THE ORIGIN AND PRACTICE OF CREMATION 15 CHAPTER 3: THE HISTORIC JUDEO–CHRISTIAN VIEW ON CREMATION 27 CHAPTER 4: THE REASONS FOR CREMATION EXAMINED 39 CHAPTER 5: IS CREMATION A PROPER PRACTICE? 63 CHAPTER 6: WHAT ABOUT EMBALMING? 73 CHAPTER 7: WHAT ABOUT ORGAN DONATION? 82 CHAPTER 8: WHAT IS CYRONIC SUSPENSION? 87 CHAPTER 9: CANNIBALISM: ARE YOU SERIOUS? 93 CHAPTER 10: ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS 98 APPENDIX 1: CREMATION STATISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES 108 APPENDIX 2: VARIOUS RELIGIONS ON CREMATION 112 ANNOTATED SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY 115 BIBLIOGRAPHY 117 GLOSSARY 128
In studying the Bible, it is possible to get lost in the forest for the trees. Hence, Bible survey is necessary so that one can see the total biblical context of what is being studied and not get lost somewhere on a leaf on a twig on a branch of some isolated tree.
Likewise, in doing a detailed study of a text it is possible to lose the overall logical flow of the text. One way to counter this tendency is to outline the logic of the passage. No book in the Bible is more suited for doing this than the Book of Romans. It has been long held that the logic of the book of Romans is tight. However, few have attempted to successfully untie the knot. This book is an admirable attempt to overcome that difficulty. One reason for this is the lack of logical skills on the part of many exegetes. Another is the lack of exegetical skills on the part of logicians. Shawn Nelson has combined skills in both areas to produce a valuable tool for students of God’s Word.
Another axiom of interpretation is the failure to understand a text in its context. Here again, the inability to see the logical flow of the text comes into play. Few interpreters have taken the time and/or have the talent to outline the logical form of the passage. But without this, one can easily get lost in a sea of words. The end result of this is, at best, a word study of the text, not a correct interpretation of it. Again, the only cure for this is to have the ability and to take the time to outline the passage in its logical form.
This small but valuable book lays out the logic of the entire book of Romans in a way that is indispensable to properly understand one of the most important books in the Bible. It is truly unique. I highly commend it to all readers of Romans.
The Battle for the Resurrection, Revised, Third Edition by Dr. Norman Geisler 2013
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This 242 page e-book is a slight revision of the book originally published in 1992. The second edition of this book is available in softcover printed edition at https://wipfandstock.com/the-battle-for-the-resurrection.html and in the Logos format at https://www.logos.com/product/9148/the-battle-for-resurrection.
First it was the battle for the Bible; now it is the battle for the resurrection. First the question was whether we can trust what the Bible says about itself; now the question is whether we can trust what the Bible says about the resurrection. First it was whether inspiration covered only spiritual matters but not historical and scientific statements. Now it is whether the resurrection body is only spiritual or whether it is material, and historically and empirically observable. Geisler’s powerful book on the resurrection defends and explains this central doctrine in light of recent debate, controversy, and skepticism.
Dr. Geisler fought battles for the orthodox doctrine of the resurrection and corrected the unorthodox views of other evangelical seminary professors. The book that started the controversy was Murray Harris’ Raised Immortal (1985). Norman Geisler wrote The Battle for the Resurrection (1989) in response to Harris’ book. Harris responded with another book, From Grave to Glory ( 1990). In 1993, Geisler published In Defense of the Resurrection as a response to Harris.
Praise for the Print Edition
Since the belief in a purely spiritual resurrection of Christ is prevalent in many cults, those involved in countering the rise and growth of cults would benefit greatly from reading this book. —Walter Martin, author of The Kingdom of the Cults
Dr. Geisler’s book is effectively designed as [an] antidote to the misery of turning Christ’s factual resurrection into an event outside the bounds of ordinary history. —Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, author of History and Christianity
Geisler demonstrates not only the danger in the theology of various cults but also the tendency to discount the bodily resurrection of the Lord, even among evangelicals. It is essential reading for every pastor and student. —Dr. Paige Patterson, author of Song of Solomon
The proclamation that Jesus was raised in the same physical body in which he died is just as important today as it was in the first century. The book signals such a call to the importance of this doctrine. —Dr. Gary Habermas, Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy, Liberty University
Foreword by Dr. Robert D. Culver 6
1 | The Battle for the Resurrection 14
2 | It Makes a Difference 22
3 | The Bible on the Resurrection 30
4 | I Believe in the Resurrection of the Flesh 40
5 | Denials of the Physical Resurrection 54
6 | Denials of the Physical Resurrection in the Church 73
7 | Physical Resurrection vs. Immaterial Resurrection 94
8 | Evidence for the Physical Resurrection 113
9 | Lessons to be Learned 125
10 | Drawing the Line 140
11 | A Response to Murray Harris 154
APPENDIX A | Does the Resurrection Body Have the Same articles? 180
APPENDIX B | Resurrection Appearances Were Not Theophanies 182
APPENDIX C | Christ’s Deity and Humanity Before and After the Resurrection 185
APPENDIX D | Physical Continuity of Christ Human Body Before and After the Resurrection 186
APPENDIX E | The Old Testament Jewish View of Resurrection 190
APPENDIX F | When Do Believers Receive Their Resurrection Bodies? 193
APPENDIX G | Was Jesus’ Resurrected Body Essentially MATERIAL? 197
APPENDIX H | A Survey on the Resurrection 201
APPENDIX I | Report of the AD HOC Committee to Examine the Views of Dr. Murray J. Harris 203
A Glossary of Important Terms 239
Select Bibliography 240
More Information 242
This is essentially an evangelistic tract. But it spans pre-evangelism, evangelism, and touches on discipleship. It begins by using classical apologetics to help the reader what we should know about God. It then proceeds to use scripture to help the reader know more about God. It then explains how to begin a personal relationship with God. Finally, it recommends a few first steps for those who have recently begun to know God and want to know him better.
This is a 17-page booklet in PDF file format. It is NOT available as a printed booklet at this time.
Preserving Orthodoxy: Maintaining Continuity with the Historic Christian Faith on Scripture by Dr. Norman L. Geisler 2017
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Table of Contents
1 Three Kinds of Fundamentals / 1
2 Preserving Orthodoxy on Inerrancy Before Modern Times / 4
3 Preserving Orthodoxy in The Evangelical Theological Society / 16
4 The Robert Gundry Issue / 18
5 The Clark Pinnock Issue / 26
6 The Mike Licona Issue / 43
7 How Orthodoxy Can Be Lost / 63
8 How to Preserve Orthodoxy / 67
Appendix: Why I Resigned from The Evangelical Theological Society / 71
Bibliography / 75
Sola Fide: A Primer on Paul’s Doctrine of Justification in Romans by William C. Roach
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Since the time of the Reformation, Protestants have sounded the motto: Justification is by faith alone. Counter-Reformers responded to Protestant theologians claiming sola fide is a legal fiction and foreign to the text of Scripture. Advocates of the New Perspective on Paul have responded to the Protestant doctrine of justification, offering a “fresh” or “new” perspective on Paul’s theology, one grounded in the pattern of religion prevalent in Second Temple Judaism. Among their many conclusions is the belief that Augustine and his followers, including the Reformers and present-day evangelicalism, have misunderstood Paul and his letters.
The influence of both Roman Catholic and NPP theologians has sounded an alarm for many Protestant theologians and pastors, such as William Roach, an ordained minister and theologian. If Protestant theologians forego the classic doctrine of justification and Roman Catholic or NPP views find a home in the church or seminaries, not only could the doctrine of justification be distorted in this age, but any grasp and assurance of Paul’s theology would be lost too. So, Roach is sounding a warning in this primer, which has been written to equip the local church to defend the classic and biblical view of justification.
Somewhere Under the Rainbow: A Christian Look at Same-Sex “Marriage”
by Norman L. Geisler and Doug Van Gordon 2017
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This book looks at the events and forces that over the course of decades have undermined the traditional view of marriage to such an extent, as to allow the idea of same–sex “marriage” to become the law of the land. It examines the biblical view of marriage since that view has been the assumption of most of western civilization for the last 2,000 years. It also considers the early Church Father’s view on marriage as well as ancient Greece and Rome. It then examines the arguments used by same–sex marriage advocates to see if in fact Christians need to rethink the issue of homosexuality and marriage and adopt a more “inclusive” interpretation of Scripture. Finally, it looks at how the church can help those struggling with homosexuals who desire to lead godly lives in accordance with His Word. The authors are conservative evangelicals who believe in the inerrancy of Scripture that it is sufficient for faith and practice. They believe that the issue of same–sex “marriage” goes to the heart of who we are as human beings and challenges the biblical teaching that the church has held for over 2,000 years. The goal is not to win arguments but to win souls, to give clarity to those confused by the claims of same–sex “marriage” advocates, and to help the church reach out anew to those dealing with homosexuality in their lives.
Part One – How Did We Get Here? And What Have We Have Lost Along the Way? Chapter 1 The 1950s 11 Chapter 2 The 1960s 22 Chapter 3 The 1970s 33 Chapter 4 The 1980s 44 Chapter 5 Searching for Scientific Justification 55
Part Two – What does the Bible Say? Chapter 6 God’s First Revelation 66 Chapter 7 God’s Final Revelation 77 Chapter 8 Answering Objections 88
Part Three – Help, Hope, and Healing Chapter 9 Help, through Christ’s People 99 Chapter 10 Hope, In Christ for those who Believe Him 110 Chapter 11 Healing, Through God’s Spirit 111 Epilogue 112