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Systematic Theology

As of March 2021, Bethany House, the former publisher of Norm Geisler’s 1-volume and 4-volume Systematic Theology, gave all rights back to the estate of Norman Geisler. We expect that Bastion Books will be the new publisher and that new editions should be available soon. We expect the one-volume edition to become available for ordering towards the end of September 2021. The 4-volume edition may possibly become available in 2022.

Until the new versions are available, the best recommendation we can make is to order the four-volume set in the electronic Logos Bible Software format (for your computer) from here: https://www.logos.com/product/3598/systematic-theology.  This version is very searchable and contains the full text of all four versions.

Our second best recommendation is to consider purchasing the following books which are condensed and slightly paraphrased versions of Norm’s Systematic theology:

  • Norman Geisler and Doug Potter.  A Prolegomena to Evangelical Theology. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Bible: Its Origin, Nature & Collection: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 1. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Doctrine of God: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 2. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Doctrine of Christ: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 3. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Doctrine of Creation: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 4. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Doctrine of Angels & Demons: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 5. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.
  • _______. The Doctrine of Human Beings & Sin: NGIM Guide to Bible Doctrine Book 6. Indian Trail, NC: Norm Geisler International Ministries, 2016.

The paperback versions are about $5 each and they are available here: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=geisler+%22ngim+guide+to+bible%22&i=digital-text&ref=nb_sb_noss

 

Norm’s Systematic Theology

in Four Big Volumes 

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in one volume

Systematic Theology: In One Volume  -     By: Norman L. Geisler

Systematic Theology, one-volume ed.: In One Volume  (Bethany House, 2011)

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The Culminating Work of a Lifetime of Study and Research

Beginning with an introduction to theology and ending with last things, this complete-in-one volume covers the foundational concepts in Christian theology, including all the key topics from the widely praised original four volumes.


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Systematic Theology, Four Volumes (Bethany, 2005)

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Systematic Theology, Vol 1: Introduction, Bible (Bethany, 2002)

Systematic Theology, Vol. 1

As Dr. Norman Geisler explains and defends the essentials that make Christian belief possible–the preconditions–he lays a thorough foundation for Christian faith that will instruct theologians, pastors, and students for years to come.

Building on that foundation, Geisler’s bibliology, including the inspiration and authority of the Bible, has been called the most extensive defense of the consistent evangelical view of Holy Scripture available. – Bethany House

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
VOLUME ONE: INTRODUCTION AND BIBLE
 
Part One: Introduction (Prolegomena)
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: God: The Metaphysical Precondition
Chapter Three: Miracles: The Supernatural Precondition
Chapter Four: Revelation: The Revelational Precondition
Chapter Five: Logic: The Rational Precondition
Chapter Six: Meaning: The Semantical Precondition
Chapter Seven: Truth: The Epistemological Precondition
Chapter Eight: Exclusivism: The Oppositional Precondition
Chapter Nine: Language: The Linguistic Precondition
Chapter Ten: Interpretation: The Hermeneutical Precondition
Chapter Eleven: Historiography: The Historical Precondition
Chapter Twelve: Method: The Methodological Precondition
 
Part Two: Bible (Bibliology)
I. Section One: Biblical
Chapter Thirteen: The Origin and Inspiration of the Bible
Chapter Fourteen: The Divine Nature of the Bible
Chapter Fifteen: The Human Nature of the Bible
Chapter Sixteen: Jesus and the Bible
II. Section Two: Historical
Chapter Seventeen: Church Fathers on the Bible
Chapter Eighteen: The Historical Church on the Bible
Chapter Nineteen: The History of Destructive Biblical Criticism
Chapter Twenty: Liberalism on the Bible
Chapter Twenty-One: Neo-Orthodoxy on the Bible
Chapter Twenty-Two: Neo-Evangelicals on the Bible
Chapter Twenty-Three: Evangelicals on the Bible
Chapter Twenty-Four: Fundamentalism on the Bible
III. Section Three: Theological
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Historicity of the Old Testament
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Historicity of the New Testament
Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Inerrancy of the Bible
Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Canonicity of the Bible
Chapter Twenty-Nine: Summary of the Evidence for the Bible
 
Appendices
Appendix One: Objections Against Theistic Arguments
Appendix Two: Do Historical Facts Speak for Themselves?

Geisler, Norman L.: Systematic Theology, Volume One: Introduction, Bible. Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House Publishers, 2002, S. 11

Systematic Theology, Vol 2: God, Creation (Bethany, 2003)

Synopsis for V2:  http://www.christianbookpreviews.com/christian-book-excerpt.php?isbn=0764225529

Dr. Norman Geisler clearly sets forth the reality of the existence of God: who He is. The author lays the foundation by explaining and describing the attributes and characteristics of God, among them His actuality and simplicity, life and immortality, unity and trinity. Dr. Geisler concludes this study by illustrating how we must respond to God’s attributes with heart, mind, and strength.

He then turns to what God does, or His activity: the creation of all things, the origin of spiritual creation, the sustenance of creation. The section culminates in a discussion of God’s relation to His creation.  –Bethany House

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
VOLUME TWO: GOD AND CREATION
 
Part One: God (Theology Proper)
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: God’s Pure Actuality and Simplicity
Chapter Three: God’s Aseity and Necessity
Chapter Four: God’s Immutability and Eternality
Chapter Five: God’s Impassibility and Infinity
Chapter Six: God’s Immateriality and Immensity
Chapter Seven: God’s Omnipotence and Omnipresence
Chapter Eight: God’s Omniscience
Chapter Nine: God’s Wisdom and Light
Chapter Ten: God’s Majesty, Beauty, and Ineffability
Chapter Eleven: God’s Life and Immortality
Chapter Twelve: God’s Unity and Trinity
Chapter Thirteen: God’s Holiness and Righteousness
Chapter Fourteen: God’s Jealousy and Perfection
Chapter Fifteen: God’s Truthfulness and Goodness (Love)
Chapter Sixteen: God’s Mercy and Wrath
Chapter Seventeen: A Response to God’s Attributes
 
Part Two: Creation
Chapter Eighteen: Alternative Views on Creation
Chapter Nineteen: The Origin of Material Creation
Chapter Twenty: The Creation of Spiritual Creatures (Angels)
Chapter Twenty-One: The Sustenance of All Creation
Chapter Twenty-Two: God’s Transcendence Over and Immanence in Creation
Chapter Twenty-Three: God’s Sovereignty Over Creation
Chapter Twenty-Four: God’s Providence in Creation
 
Appendices
Appendix One: Christology
Appendix Two: Biblical References to Creation
Appendix Three: Various Views on Origins
Appendix Four: Various Views of the “Days” of Genesis
Appendix Five: The Age of the Earth
Appendix Six: The Scientific Evidence for Creation
Appendix Seven: Pneumatology

Geisler, Norman L.: Systematic Theology, Volume Two: God, Creation. Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House Publishers, 2003, S. 9
 
Systematic Theology, Vol 3: Sin, Salvation (Bethany, 2004)
Systematic Theology, Vol. 3
 
 
 

In this volume, Dr. Norman Geisler examines the doctrines of sin and salvation. He begins with a discussion of human beings, covering the origin and nature of humanity. Next the elements of sin are studied, including sin’s origin, nature, effects, and, finally, defeat.

The second part continues with a thorough study of salvation, starting with salvation’s origin. This is followed by the theories of salvation, the nature of salvation, the evidence of salvation, and the assurance of salvation. He then examines the extent and exclusivity of salvation in regard to the theories of limited atonement, universalism, and pluralism, and the results of salvation in relation to infants and the heathen. Consideration of salvation’s condition and content close the study. – Bethany House

TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
VOLUME THREE: SIN AND SALVATION
 
Part One: Humanity and Sin (Anthropology and Hamartiology)
Chapter One: The Origin of Human Beings
Chapter Two: The Nature of Human Beings
Chapter Three: The Origin of Sin
Chapter Four: The Nature of Sin
Chapter Five: The Effects of Sin
Chapter Six: The Defeat of Sin
 
Part Two: Salvation (Soteriology)
Chapter Seven: The Origin of Salvation
Chapter Eight: The Theories of Salvation
Chapter Nine: The Nature of Salvation
Chapter Ten: The Evidence of Salvation
Chapter Eleven: The Assurance of Salvation
Chapter Twelve: The Extent of Salvation (Limited or Unlimited Atonement)
Chapter Thirteen: The Extent of Salvation (Universalism)
Chapter Fourteen: The Exclusivity of Salvation (Pluralism)
Chapter Fifteen: The Results of Salvation (Infants and Heathen)
Chapter Sixteen: The Condition for Salvation
Chapter Seventeen: The Contents of Salvation
 
Appendices
Appendix One: Does Human Life Begin at Conception?
Appendix Two: Does Human Life Begin at Implantation?
Appendix Three: Double-Predestination
Appendix Four: Was Jesus a Physical Descendant of Adam?
Appendix Five: Wesleyan Perfectionism

Geisler, Norman L.: Systematic Theology, Volume Three: Sin, Salvation. Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House Publishers, 2004, S. 9
Systematic Theology, Vol 4: Church, Last Things (Bethany, 2005)
9780764225543
 
 
 

In this volume, Dr. Norman Geisler explores the church and the last things, ecclesiology and eschatology. He begins with the church’s origin and then outlines its nature, government, and ordinances, addressing both the church universal and the church local while also examining spiritual gifts and the relation between church and state.

In part two’s remarkable presentation of time and eternity, Dr. Geisler expounds on the final resurrection, the intermediate and then final states of both the saved and the lost (heaven and hell), and the theories of purgatory and annihilationism. Then, turning specifically to biblical prophecy, he puts forth a basis for interpretational consistency before covering the Kingdom, the Covenants, the Second Coming, the Millennium, the Tribulation, and the Rapture.  – Bethany House

TABLE OF CONTENTS
VOLUME FOUR: CHURCH (ECCLESIOLOGY) AND LAST THINGS (ESCHATOLOGY)
Part One: The Church: (Ecclesiology)
Chapter One: The Origin of the Church
Chapter Two: The Nature of the Universal Church
Chapter Three: The Nature of the Visible Church(es)
Chapter Four: The Government of the Visible Church
Chapter Five: The Ordinances of the Visible Church
Chapter Six: The Ministry of the Visible Church (Spiritual Gifts)
Chapter Seven: The Relationship of the Church to the State
Part Two: Last Things: (Eschatology)
Chapter Eight: The Intermediate State and the Resurrection
Chapter Nine: The Final State of the Saved (Heaven)
Chapter Ten: The Final State of the Lost (Hell)
Chapter Eleven: The Alleged Temporary State of the Saved (Purgatory)
Chapter Twelve: Annihilationism
Chapter Thirteen: The Interpretation of Prophecy
Chapter Fourteen: The Kingdom of God
Chapter Fifteen: The Covenants of God
Chapter Sixteen: The Second Coming and the Millennium
Chapter Seventeen: The Tribulation and the Rapture
Appendices
Appendix One: Only the Apostles Spoke in Tongues at Pentecost
Appendix Two: Were Tongues a Real Language?
Appendix Three: Has the Gift of Miracles Ceased?
Appendix Four: Ultradispensationalism
Appendix Five: Does the Resurrection Body Have the Same Particles As Before Death?
Appendix Six: Reincarnation
Appendix Seven: The General Councils of the Church and the Development of Roman Catholicism
Appendix Eight: The Role of the New Testament Apostles

Geisler, Norman L.: Systematic Theology, Volume Four: Church, Last Things. Minneapolis, MN : Bethany House Publishers, 2005, S. 11
 
Also translated into Brazillian Portugese
teologis-sistematica-de-norman-geisler
 

http://escoladeprofetasmic.wordpress.com/literatura/teologis-sistematica-de-norman-geisler/

Teologia Sistemática de Norman Geisler

Título: Teologia Sistemática
Autor: Norman Geisler
Editora: CPAD

12 Points that Show Christianity is True (Arabic)

To download the Arabic translation of The Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True by Norman L. Geisler, click here. The download is a .zip file of a .pdf file. NGIM has given its permission to allow this PDF file to be downloaded freely and distributed freely, so long as no changes are made. We encourage you to send the link to this page (http://bastionbooks.com/12-points-arabic/)to all the Arabic readers you know!

Click the graphic above to download the zipped PDF version of this book freely.

This translation was made by a native Arabic speaking Christian from Syria and checked by a native Arabic speaking Christian in Egypt.

Eventually we hope to make this available in other electronic and printed formats.

Read more about the original English version of this book here.

Philosophy of Religion (Forthcoming)

by Norman L. Geisler

We expect this classic book to be back in print through Bastion Books sometime in 2021!

Until then, please order it from Wipf&Stock here: https://wipfandstock.com/philosophy-of-religion-166.html

This book was based upon Norm’s Ph.D. Dissertation from 1970. The first edition was published by Zondervan in 1974 and the second edition (expanded to include additional chapters added by Winfried Corduan) was published by Baker Books in 1988.


The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler in 5 Volumes

Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are available on Amazon.com. Please use the links below to reach them.

The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler: Volume 1: 1964-1979:

The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler: Volume 2: 1980-1985:

The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler: Volume 3: 1986-1994:

The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler: Volume 4: 1995-2005:

The Collected Essays of Norman L. Geisler: Volume 5: 2005-2019:

To view some of the unpublished essays of Norm that did not make it into these five volumes, click here (redirects to NormanGeisler.com).

Beware of Philosophy (Free!)

Beware of Philosophy: A Warning to Biblical Scholars

by Dr. Norman L. Geisler

Available at Amazon here:

            {forthcoming 2019}

Available as a free .PDF e-book here and as a .EPUB e-book here.

Beware of Philosophy began as the presidential address Dr. Geisler delivered to the biblical scholars at the 50th annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) on November 19th, 1998.  This eBook edition remains essentially the same but was updated slightly by Dr. Geisler in 2012.

Dr. Geisler begins with this warning:

The exhortation of the apostle Paul to “beware of philosophy” (Col. 2:8) is as urgent today as it was in the first century, if not more so. And this is not only true for Christians who call themselves philosophers but for those who do not, especially for biblical exegetes. Although the context of Col. 2:8 probably has reference to a proto-gnostic type philosophy at Colossae that had a disastrous mix of legalism, asceticism, and mysticism with Christianity, the implications of Paul’s exhortation to “beware of philosophy” are appropriately applied to other alien systems of thought that have invaded Christianity down through the centuries since then.

But before one can beware of philosophy, theologians must first be aware of philosophy.  Dr. Geisler begins by explaining the sour theological fruit produced by the incursion of harmfulphilosophical roots.  He warns against Naturalism, Spinoza, Hume, Bultmann, Agnosticism, Evolutionism, Progressivism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Conventionalism, Processism, Platonic Allegorism, Ockhamistic Nominalism, Aristotelianism, Anthropological Monism, and Historical Criticism.  He proceeds to offer helpful advice for the mind and for the soul–advice meant to help us avoid being influenced negatively by harmfulphilosophical trends and methods.  This makes it a “must read”for all biblical scholars and for advanced students of God’s word!


Miracles and the Modern Mind

Miracles and the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles, Revised, Second Edition
by Norman L. Geisler
2012

Available as an e-book at Amazon here:

Dr. Geisler wrote this book in 1992 and gave it a minor revision in 2012.

The earlier 1992 edition is still available as a softcover printed book through Wipf&Stock (here) and is available as a digital book at Logos.com (here).

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.. 5
1 | ARE MIRACLES IMPOSSIBLE?. 8
2 | ARE MIRACLES INCREDIBLE?. 18
3 | ARE MIRACLES IRRATIONAL?. 28
4 | ARE MIRACLES UNSCIENTIFIC?. 38
5 | ARE MIRACLES IDENTIFIABLE?. 49
6 | ARE MIRACLES MYTHOLOGICAL?. 60
7 | ARE MIRACLES HISTORICAL?. 68
8 | ARE MIRACLES ESSENTIAL?. 76
9 | ARE MIRACLES DEFINABLE?. 84
10 | ARE MIRACLES ANTINATURAL?. 92
11 | ARE MIRACLES DISTINGUISHABLE?. 101
12 | ARE MIRACLES ACTUAL?. 118
APPENDIX A – THE HISTORICITY OF O.T. MIRACLES. 134
APPENDIX B – SUPERNATURAL EVENTS IN THE BIBLE.. 137
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY.. 151

Christ: The Theme of the Bible

Christ: The Theme of the Bible

by Dr. Norman L. Geisler

2012

Available as an e-book at Amazon here:

This hard-to-find classic from 1968 was updated in 2012 by Dr. Geisler. Of all the eighty-plus books Dr. Geisler has so far written, this one is dearest to his heart.   It encourages the reader to “look unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2). It was went under the title: To Understand the Bible, Look for Jesus.

In 2018 this was translated from English into three other languages: Rumanian, Telugu, and Spanish. We hope to make those available soon too.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1 | Christ is the Key to the Bible 7

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S INSPIRATION 7

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S CANONIZATION 14

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S AUTHENTICATION 20

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S INTERPRETATION 26

Chapter 2 | Christ in the Old Testament 27

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF OLD TESTAMENT MESSIANIC PROPHECY 28

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PRIESTHOODS 32

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT MORAL PRECEPTS 37

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF SALVATION PROMISES 42

JESUS IS JEHOVAH (YAHWEH) 43

Chapter 3 | Christ in Both Testaments 47

CHRIST: CONCEALED IN THE OLD AND REVEALED IN THE NEW 48

CHRIST: FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT 51

CHRIST: FORETOLD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND FULFILLED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 55

SUMMARY 60

Chapter 4 | Christ in Every Section of the Bible 61

A FOURFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE 61

A SIXFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE 68

AN EIGHTFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE  72

FOURFOLD PARALLEL BETWEEN OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS 73

Chapter 5 | Christ in Each Book of the Bible 78

THE LAW: THE FOUNDATION FOR CHRIST 78

HISTORY: THE PREPARATION FOR CHRIST 81

POETRY: ASPIRATION FOR CHRIST 84

PROPHECY: EXPECTATION OF CHRIST 86

THE GOSPELS: THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST 89

ACTS: THE EVANGELIZATION OR PROPAGATION OF CHRIST 91

THE EPISTLES: INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF CHRIST 91

PAULINE EPISTLES: EXPOSITION OF CHRIST 92

GENERAL EPISTLES: EXHORTATION IN CHRIST 95

REVELATION: CONSUMMATION IN CHRIST 97

Chapter 6 | The Word of God:  Personal and Propositional 99

THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE LIVING AND WRITTEN WORD 100

THE SUPERIORITY OF THE LIVING WORD OVER THE WRITTEN WORD 101

THE WRITTEN WORD IS IMPORTANT TO THE LIVING WORD 105

INSPIRATION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PROPAGATION OF CHRIST 106

INSPIRATION IS IMPORTANT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF CHRIST 107

Bibliography 111

Additional search keywords:
To Understand the Bible Look for Jesus: The Bible Student’s Guide to the Bible’s Central Theme
Christ: the Key to Interpreting the Bible

Christology; Christocentric