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Beware of Philosophy (Free!)

Beware of Philosophy: A Warning to Biblical Scholars

by Dr. Norman L. Geisler

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            {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!


Is the Pope Infallible?

Is the Pope Infallible? A Look at the Evidence
by Dr. Norman L. Geisler
2012

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Contents
Introduction. 5
Chapter 1 | The Meaning of Infallibility. 7
The Claim to Infallibility. 7
The Limits of Infallibility. 8
The Sphere of Infallibility: Faith and Morals. 8
The Consequences of Denying Infallibility: Eternal Damnation. 9
Chapter 2 | The History of the Roman Catholic Claim to Papal Authority. 10
The Development of the Authoritarian Structure of the Roman Church. 10
The Development of the Roman Claim to Exclusivity. 12
The Background of Rome’s Claims. 13
Cyprian (d. 258) 13
St. Augustine (354–430) 14
“Imperial Edict” (ad 680) 14
The Second Council of Nicea (ad 787) 14
Fourth Lateran Council (ad 1215) 15
Thomas Aquinas (1224–1274) 15
Pope Boniface VIII (1234–1303) 16
The Council of Trent (ad 1545-63) 16
Vatican I Council (1870) 16
Vatican II (1962–1965) 17
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) 17
Chapter 3 | The Biblical Arguments against Papal Infallibility. 19
The Biblical Argument against Peter’s Primacy. 19
The Biblical Argument against Peter’s Infallibility. 20
The Historical Argument against Infallibility. 21
The Argument from Conflicting Popes. 22
The Argument from Heretical Popes. 23
The Argument from the Condemnation of Galileo. 26
The Argument from Contradictory Decisions of Ecumenical Councils. 27
The Epistemic Argument against Infallibility. 29
The Argument from the Lack of Infallible Lists of Infallible Statements. 30
The Argument from Death by Qualification. 31
The Logical Extension Argument against Infallibility. 31
Chapter 4 | Some Serious Implications. 34
Rome is not the True Church. 34
Is Rome a False Church?. 34
Rome’s False Doctrines. 34
A True Church with Significant Error?. 35
Where is the True Church?. 36
Who is the Head of Christ’s Visible Church on Earth?. 37
Chapter 5 | Why Catholics are Leaving the Church in Mass. 41
Good News and Bad News. 41
Why a Few Evangelicals are become Catholic. 41
Why Catholics Become Evangelicals. 43
Why Some Evangelicals Become Catholics. 44
The Reasons Given for Converting to Roman Catholicism… 45
C. S. Lewis: A Case Study. 53
Bibliography. 55
Additional Information 58

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

Available at Amazon in 2019

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

Table of 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

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

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

INTRODUCTION 4

Book I: CSBI p.17
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
by the ICBI drafting committee

Book II: CSBH p.35
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics
by the ICBI drafting committee

Book III: CSBA p.58
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Application
by the ICBI drafting committee

Book IV: EI p. 93
Explaining Inerrancy: A Commentary on the CSBI
by R. C. Sproul

Book V: EH p.152
Explaining Hermeneutics: A Commentary on the CSBH
by Norman L. Geisler

About R. C. Sproul p. 184
About Norman L. Geisler p. 185
About J.I. Packer p. 186

An older and free PDF version of EBI may be downloaded for free here:

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

Cómo Conocer a Dios (Free! Por nada!)

Cómo Conocer a Dios
(Spanish translation of How to Know God)

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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 19-page booklet in PDF file format.

It is NOT available as a printed booklet at this time.

This is written in Spanish. It is also available in English here.

How to Know God (Free!)

How to Know God

by Norman Geisler and Christopher Haun

Click here to download this as a free PDF file.

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. 

It is also available in Spanish here.