by Norman L. Geisler and Winfreid Corduan
As of January 2022, Bastion Books is actively discussing the possibility of creating a slightly-expanded 3rd edition with the help of Winfried Corduan! For now, however, the second edition is available for sale in softcover and e-book formats through Wipf&Stock.
- Is there any basis in reality for a religious experience?
- Is there any basis in reason for belief in God?
- Is it even possible to speak meaningfully of a transcendent being?
- And how does one account for evil?
The authors answer these questions, representing the four most important issues in the philosophy of religion, in a comprehensive way and “from the perspective of classical theism.” They support this position with in-depth argumentation, taking into account both classical and contemporary writers. With its well-outlined text, ‘Philosophy of Religion’ is “user friendly.” An introduction, chapter summaries, a glossary, indexes, and bibliography contribute to this end.
The first edition, written by Norman L. Geisler alone, was published by Zondervan in 1974 and was to some degree an expansion of his Ph.D. Dissertation from 1970. It was chosen as a “Choice Evangelical Book of the Year” by Christianity Today (1975).
The second edition was expanded by Winfried Corduan (in concert with Norm) and published by Baker Books in 1988. In this second edition, the authors have not only updated the text and bibliography, but also refined some of the arguments, “scaled down and evened out” the vocabulary, and added several pedagogical aids.
As of 2022, Bastion Books has the rights to the book and hopes to work with Winfried Corduan to make a slightly-expanded, updated, third-edition of this book.
Is Man the Measure? An Examination of Contemporary Humanism
The first edition is available at Wipf&Stock here and in the Logos electronic book system here.
Publisher: Wipf and Stock, 1983
An academically respectable description and evaluation of secular humanism is available at last. The diversity within humanism receives full recognition in this book, as does the fact that not everything about humanism is bad from a Christian point of view. Indeed, the author continues, there are many emphases within humanism that are compatible with Christian beliefs, a thesis to which he devotes an entire chapter. Part 1 summarizes in turn eight prominent forms of humanism: Huxley’s evolutionism, Skinner’s behaviorism, Sartre’s existentialism, Dewey’s pragmatism, Marxism, Rand’s egocentrism, Lamont’s culturalism, and the coalitional form present in the humanist declaration and manifestoes. Emerging from these chapters are both the differences between humanists and the consensus that binds them together. It is this humanistic consensus, writes the author, that most radically conflicts with Christian beliefs and that is the number one problem in the United States today. After the chapter on the helpful emphases of secular humanism, part 2 details this movement’s comparative inferiority, internal inconsistencies, religious inadequacies, and philosophical insufficiencies. The final chapter demonstrates that, while Christianity is consistent with the central principles of science, philosophy, epistemology, and ethics, humanism is not. There is no rational justification, the author concludes, for being a humanist.
Bastion Books is exploring the possibility of creating an updated and expanded second edition to this book in 2022 or 2023. The new edition may include chapters on transhumanism and posthumanism.