At a time when the Christian church faces an ever-increasing challenge from a secular and pluralistic culture, leading apologist Norman Geisler provides a. Norman Geiser’s masterful work, Christian Apologetics, is a very thorough textbook that builds a strong epistemological foundation before even. £-V3 / Christian Apobgerics NORMAN, GEISLER UT-DAUASllBRARltS BT G43 stax .. One cannot draw l he limits of language and thought unless he has.
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The second or strong form agnosticism is mutually exclusive with Christianity.
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Evidentialism assumes that man’s problem is a lack of information. Rather, it admits that one cannot legislate meaning but must look at meaning of alleged metaphysical statements.
Further, Leibniz uses “cause” and “reason” somewhat inter- changeably, whereas Aquinas considered a cause to be an ontological ground but not a rational explanation. Rationalists are sometimes unfairly criticized for holding that the rational is the christiab.
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Book Review: Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler | Apologetics
Summary of Some Central Fideistic Premises A number of tenets are generally common to fideism in relation to Christian apologetics. Hence, it is impossible to be an agnostic. And it is indeed ll.geisler or noncontradictory for God to possess absolutely all possible perfections, since perfections are irreducibly simple and therefore compatible qualities. It is not possible to affirm that something is without simultaneously declaring nofman about what it is.
Antony Flew and Alasdair Maclntyre London: Kierkegaard wrote, “It is subjectivity that Christianity is concerned with, and it is only in sub- jectivity that its truth exists, if it exists at all; objectively Christianity has absolutely no existence. The way to avoid such contradiction is to acknowledge that reason cannot know reality, viz.
There is ultimate mathematical intelligibility in the universe. It didn’t even start from a Theistic point of view.
The lecturer should be proficient at least with Doctoral status. Complete doubt would bring complete certainty that one was thinking. The basis for belief in God must be God himself. Chrisitan Exposition of Rationalism Rationalism can be most easily understood l.geislfr contrast with empiri- cism. Mermaids are possible realities, since there is no contradiction in the concept or thought of them.
Each of them may have elements that are useful in one sense or another, but none of them is a fully adequate test for truth.
Men ought to love and serve the true God but they do not, and their choice does indeed influence their whole way of thinking about reality.
Third, the apolkgetics of order declares that we must proceed in nogman reasoning from the simplest to the most complex. Indeed that very principle is not itself empirically falsifiable. And that whereof one cannot speak, he should not attempt to speak thereof. Geisler admits that systematic consistency does not provide absolute certainty of truth.
Truth comes from the top down. An Evaluation of Rationalism as a Method of Knowing God There are some obvious problems with rationalism as a method of establishing truth, but there are some significant emphases that should l.geis,er be overlooked.
And the inner growth that results helps one distinguish clear ideas from confused sensations.
That is, there is a subjective or hypothetical possibility but not an ob- jective or actual possibility of knowing God by natural reason. Facts would be utterly unrelated. In apilogetics, for re- ligious noncognitivists Ayer and Wittgenstein, metaphysical acognosticism is the net result of language analysis.
They argue that agnosticism is wrong simply because one cannot know something is unknowable about reality without thereby implying a knowledge about that something.
To begin anywhere short of the perfect Idea is to end in imperfection. But this does not at all imply that he exists with logical necessity. The arguments offered by rationalists reduce not to logical necessity but to actual. Having laid a very thorough epistemological base, the author then proceeds to establish the truthfulness of Christianity.