5.11.2013

Reasons For Belief by Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe (Book Review)


Chapter 1 starts out with the question, "Why are you a Christian?"
A very good place to start. 
Can you answer the question on theological grounds?
If you have been a Christian for any length of time you certainly have come across some arguments that have caused you to question the validity of your belief system or caused you to want to dig deeper into the truth. Ah, but what is "truth"?

In Reasons for Belief : Easy to Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions, Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe set out to address every argument that sets itself up against the tenets of the Christian faith in this well organized, methodical, apologetic read. With the accuracy a focused detective, forethought of a defense attorney and the critical thinking of an apologist, Geisler takes on the skeptical, philosophical and logical questions one chapter at a time. 

Specific topics covered are:

*Defining truth.
*The existence of God
*Reliability of the New Testament
*All religions lead to God
*The narrowness of Christianity
*Is Jesus God?
*Validity of the Resurrection

The book is very well organized, presenting arguments and challenges then breaking down each aspect. 
Critical thinking and clear logic is presented from the very first chapter. There are helpful charts and blocks throughout which support points, compare perspectives, and present additional helps, references and scripture relevance (as appropriate). 

Although presented in an easy to read manner there is a lot of excellent material covered. I allowed my 12 year old daughter to read it as part of her Home School reading this year. She did read it through and especially enjoyed the logical way the information was presented. I think it is makes for the kind of book that you can pick up and open to a specific topic as needed for conversation or consideration. The concluding chapter ends with the appropriate challenge "How Should The Truth Impact My Life?"
A good place to end.
Or begin.


You can read an EXCERPT here at Baker Publishing.

Visit Bethany House and check out the book.

Check out Norman Geisler's WEBSITE.

I received this book from Bethany House for reviewing purposes. 
The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.




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1 comment:

walk along the shore with me and leave your footprints in the sand-
I'm listening, friend...in November I will not be replying so often, but instead slip quietly over to your place for a visit. ;)