By Norman L. Geisler
Norman L. Geisler, an apologist who has written dozens of books, is to be lauded for furnishing the Christian neighborhood with this apologetic compilation. In "Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics" Geisler covers a variety of apologetic and philosophical themes.
He presents essays (many of them long) on:
- First principles
- the entire well-known arguments for God lifestyles (The ethical argument for the life of God is one example)
- The Passover Plot
- Presuppositional apologetics
- evidence from prophecy
- Biblical criticism
- proof for the Resurrection
and numerous extra subjects.
Geisler employs a easy classical and evidential technique in his shows and reviews (he does seem to undertaking to be reasonable whilst facing non-classical/evidential positions even though I disagree with a few of his criticisms).
This is an efficient one-volume apologetic reference paintings that's either targeted and reasonably comprehensive.
He deals articles on:
- Gordon Clark
- Van Til
and many different vital figures in faith and apologetics. His various essays at the individual and paintings of Christ are impressive and feature nice software within the security of the religion.
God Does Exist!: protecting the religion utilizing presuppositional apologetics, facts, and the impossibility of the contrary
This huge paintings (840 pages) expenses considerably below whilst I first bought it, so it truly is cheap and crucial for the apologetic apprentice.
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In drawing an analogy between the finite and the infinite, we must be able to isolate that “univocal” attribute or quality that both share. And we can identify the basic element, though we have to drop the limitations from our thinking when applying it to its Pure Actuality. For a predication of a perfection of an infinite Being cannot be done in the same way of a finite being because it does not have qualities in a finite way. The objection would hold for equivocal concepts, those that cannot be applied both to God and to creation, but it is not true of univocal concepts that have analogical predications.
So, only their actuality is like God. Applying Words to the Infinite. Words divorced from their finite condition are devoid of meaning. This means that all God-talk about analogies or anything else is meaningless, since the concepts cannot apply to an infinite, transcendent Being. Such a criticism overlooks the distinction between a concept and its predication. The concept behind a word remains the same; only the way in which it is predicated changes. The meanings of the words goodness , being , and beauty can be applied to finite reality, and they can be applied to God; when used in the divine setting, the words are merely extended without limits.
The First Cause cannot be a mere possible being (whose essence is not to exist), since no possible beings explain their own existence. Evaluation of Alfarabi’s Argument. Many criticisms of the cosmological argument have been leveled by atheists, agnostics, and skeptics. Most of these emanate from David Hume and Immanuel Kant and have been answered by theists ( see God, Objections to Proofs for ). Conclusion. If there are beings whose essence is not to exist, there must be a Being whose essence is to exist, for the possible beings are not possible unless there is a Necessary Being.
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (Baker Reference Library) by Norman L. Geisler