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A Handbook on Worldviews

A Handbook on World Views: A Catalogue for World View Shoppers

2013

By Norman L. Geisler and William D. Watkins

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This book is an updated (third edition) version of the book formerly titled Worlds Apart: A Handbook on World Views; Second Edition, which is still available as a soft-cover printedbook from Wipf&Stock here: https://wipfandstock.com/worlds-apart.html

CONTENTS
PREFACE 5
INTRODUCTION – AN INVITATION TO OTHER WORLDS 6
CHAPTER 1: THEISM – A WORLD PLUS AN INFINITE GOD 15
CHAPTER 2: ATHEISM – A WORLD WITHOUT GOD 38
CHAPTER 3: PANTHEISM – A WORLD THAT IS GOD 66
CHAPTER 4: PANENTHEISM – A WORLD IN GOD 95
CHAPTER 5: DEISM – A WORLD ON ITS OWN MADE BY GOD 131
CHAPTER 6: FINITE GODISM – A WORLD WITH A FINITE GOD 166
CHAPTER 7: POLYTHEISM – A WORLD WITH MORE THAN ONE GOD 193
CONCLUSION: CHOOSING A WORLD VIEW 227
GLOSSARY 239
BIBLIOGRAPHY 243
APPENDIX A: ISLAM AS A WORLD VIEW 256

Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence

Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence
By Norman L. Geisler
2013

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The first edition of this book was published under the title of Decide for Yourself: How History Views the Bible by Zondervan in 1982 and republished by Wipf and Stock (2004). Print versions of the first edition can be found at Wipf and Stock here.

Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence is a revised, second edition of Decide for Yourself.

From the Preface
WHO WROTE THE BIBLE? God or men? If God inspired men to write the Bible, what did He inspire? Their thoughts? Or their words as well? How far does inspiration extend? Does it include only spiritual matters, or does it also include history and science?
The battle for the Bible has the average Christian understandably confused. Actually there is more than one battle, for there are at least six views on the nature and origin of the Bible. In using labels to identify the various views of Scripture, we must be aware that such labels are not absolute in the sense that they precisely define all those who hold to one position or another. They represent the core position of each of the various categories, but there is a divergence of view¬points within the categories, and some theologians may even hold to different elements of more than one category.

  1. Most evangelicals hold the “orthodox” view (see Chap. 5); that is, the Bible is divinely inspired in its very words, including matters of history and science. This is also the view of The International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.
  2. “Liberal” theologians (see Chap. 6), on the other hand, believe that only parts of the Bible are divine. They see great religious value in much of Scripture; but other parts are rejected as myth, and some are even consid¬ered barbaric.
  3. Some “Fundamentalists” (see Chap. 7), strongly reacting against liberals, have affirmed that the Bible was ver¬bally dictated by God word-for-word.
  4. “Neo-orthodoxy” (see Chap. 8), another reaction to liberalism but without returning to a fully orthodox view of Scripture, holds that the Bible is not a revelation from God. Rather, it is a fallible human record of the revelation God gave in His past actions. That is, God does not reveal Himself in words but only in events.
  5. “Liberal-Evangelicals” (see Chap. 9) believe that the Bible is wholly human in origin, replete with historical, scientific, and religious errors. They believe God takes these human words and “elevates” them to be a vehicle of His word.
  6. Much of the contemporary debate is between the orthodox or evangelical Christians and the “Neo-evangelicals” (see Chap. 10). The latter believe that the Bible is infallible but not inerrant; that is, the Bible speaks with divine authority and complete truthfulness on salvation matters but is not inerrant (without error) in historical and scientific matters.
    This book was written for those who do not have ready access to the writings of the main teachers in the church for the past nearly two centuries. As will be seen, their citations support the Orthodox view of the church down through the centuries up to modern times. The other views deviate from the orthodox view because of their acceptance to one or more modern philosophical influences.

Contents

PREFACE.. 6
CHAPTER 1: A Biblical View of Inspiration. 9
The Old Testament. 9
The New Testament. 12
CHAPTER 2: The Patristic View of the Bible. 17
Clement of Rome (A. D. 30—100). 17
Justin Martyr (A. D. 100—165). 17
Irenaeus (Second Century A. D.). 19
Tertullian (A. D. 160—220). 20
Origen (A. D. 184/185—254/254). 21
Clement Of Alexandria (A.D. 150—215). 24
CHAPTER 3: The Medieval View of Inspiration. 27
Augustine (A. D. 354—430). 27
Thomas Aquinas (A. D. 1225—1274). 31
CHAPTER 4: The Reformation View of Inspiration. 33
Martin Luther (A. D. 1483—1546). 33
John Calvin (A. D. 1509—1564). 38
CHAPTER 5: The Post-Reformation Orthodox View of Inspiration. 41
Post-Reformation Orthodox View.. 41
CHAPTER 6: Liberal Views of Inspiration. 47
Harold Dewolf (1905—1986). 47
Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878—1969). 51
Process Theology and the Bible. 56
CHAPTER 7: A Fundamentalist View of Inspiration. 58
CHAPTER 8: The Neo-orthodox View of Inspiration. 64
Karl Barth (1886—1968). 64
Emil Brunner (1889—1966). 67
CHAPTER 9: A Liberal-Evangelical View of the Bible. 75
CHAPTER 10: The Neo-evangelical View of Inspiration. 85
Gerrit C. Berkouwer (1903—1996). 85
Jack B. Rogers (1934–). 91
POSTSCRIPT.. 95

Biblical Errancy: An Analysis of its Philosophical Roots

Biblical Errancy An Analysis of its Philosophical Roots
Revised, Second Edition
Edited by Norman L. Geisler
2013

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This second edition has slightly a slightly updated prologue, slightly updated epilogue, and has one new chapter (Chapter 9 on Process Theology, Whitehead, Ogden, and others).


The first edition of this book was published by Zondervan in 1981 and again by Wipf and Stock in 2004. Print versions of the first edition may still be available at Wipf and Stock here: https://wipfandstock.com/biblical-errancy.html

Contents
PREFACE. 5
Ch. 1 Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D. – INDUCTIVISM, MATERIALISM, & RATIONALISM: BACON, HOBBES, SPINOZA. – p.7
Ch. 2 Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D. – SKEPTICISM: DAVID HUME. 21
Ch. 3 David Beck, Ph.D. – AGNOSTICISM: IMMANUEL KANT. 48
Ch. 4 Winfried Corduan, Ph.D. – TRANSCENDENTALISM: GEORG W. F. HEGEL. 77
Ch. 5 E. Herbert Nygren, Ph.D. – EXISTENTIALISM: SØREN KIERKEGAARD.. 99
Ch. 6 Terry L. Miethe, Ph.D. – ATHEISM: FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. 127
Ch. 7 John S. Feinberg, Ph.D. – NONCOGNITIVISM: LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN.. 156
Ch. 8 Howard M. Ducharme, Jr., Ph.D. – MYSTICISM: MARTIN HEIDEGGER.. 195
Ch. 9 Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D. – PROCESS THEOLOGY: WHITEHEAD, OGDEN, AND OTHERS. 218
EPILOGUE – p.252
NOTES – p. 263-300