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Beware of Philosophy

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
Official Commentary on the ICBI Statements
by Dr. R. C. Sproul and Norman L. Geisler

This is available on Amazon only as a Kindle e-book and is also available here on this page as a .PDF and as a .EPUB e-book. It is not available in printed form at this time. 

This 116-page PDF e-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.

The PDF version of the e-book may be downloaded for free here.

The .ePub version of the e-book may be downloaded for free here [link forthcoming soon].

Contents

Introduction. 6

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy: Articles of Affirmation and Denial (1978) 15

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics: Articles of Affirmation and Denial (1982) 18

Explaining Inerrancy: A Commentary on the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. 22
Foreword by Roger R. Nicole. 22
The Word of God and Authority. 24
ARTICLE I: Authority. 25
ARTICLE II: Scripture and Tradition. 27
The Word of God and Revelation. 28
ARTICLE III: Revelation. 29
ARTICLE IV: Human Language. 30
ARTICLE V: Progressive Revelation. 32
The Word of God and Inspiration. 33
ARTICLE VI: Verbal Plenary Inspiration. 34
ARTICLE VII: Inspiration. 36
ARTICLE VIII: Human Authors. 37
The Word of God and Inerrancy. 38
ARTICLE IX: Inerrancy. 39
ARTICLE X: The Autographs. 41
ARTICLE XI: Infallibility. 43
ARTICLE XII: Inerrancy of the Whole. 44
The Word of God and Truth. 46
ARTICLE XIII: Truth. 47
ARTICLE XIV: Consistency. 51
ARTICLE XV: Accommodation. 53
The Word of God and You. 55
ARTICLE XVI: Church History. 56
ARTICLE XVII: Witness of the Spirit 57
ARTICLE XVIII: Interpretation. 58
ARTICLE XIX: Health of the Church. 60

Explaining Hermeneutics: A Commentary on the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics. 62
ARTICLE I: Authority of the Scriptures. 62
ARTICLE II: The Written Word And the Incarnated Word. 63
ARTICLE III: The Centrality of Jesus Christ 64
ARTICLE IV: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Revelation. 65
ARTICLE V: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Application. 65
ARTICLE VI: Propositional Truth Corresponds to Realty. 66
ARTICLE VII: One Meaning, Multiple Applications. 67
ARTICLE VIII: Cultural Universality. 68
ARTICLE IX: Hermeneutics and Meaning. 69
ARTICLE X: Adequacy of Variety of Literary Forms. 70
ARTICLE XI: Adequacy of Translation. 71
ARTICLE XII: Limits for Functional Equivalence Translation. 72
ARTICLE XIII: The Value and Limits of Genre Criticism.. 73
ARTICLE XIV: Literary Forms and Factual History. 74
ARTICLE XV: The Grammatical-Historical Sense. 75
ARTICLE XVI: Roles and Varieties of Biblical Criticism.. 76
ARTICLE XVII: Scripture is Self-Interpreting. 77
ARTICLE XVIII: Meaning may Transcend Human Understanding. 78
ARTICLE XIX: Danger in Preunderstandings. 79
ARTICLE XX: Extrabiblical Sources. 80
ARTICLE XXI: Harmony of General and Special Revelations. 81
ARTICLE XXII: Genesis 1-11 as Factual 82
ARTICLE XXIII: Perspicacity of the Scriptures. 83
ARTICLE XXIV: The Value of Biblical Scholarship. 83
ARTICLE XXV: Preaching as Exposition of Scriptural Texts 84
Appendix I: Short Exposition of CSBI 85
Appendix II: Short Exposition of CSBH 87
Appendix III: The CSBA (Chicago Statement on Biblical Application) 98
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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

Cómo Conocer a Dios

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

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.