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This stand-alone, in-depth reference work is the culmination of the author's 30-plus years of study and research. In the introduction portion of this two-part book, Geisler examines the realities of the Christian faith, including the existence of God, the reality of truth, the nature of revelation, and guidelines for interpretation. Part two presents the origin of Scriptur This stand-alone, in-depth reference work is the culmination of the author's 30-plus years of study and research. In the introduction portion of this two-part book, Geisler examines the realities of the Christian faith, including the existence of God, the reality of truth, the nature of revelation, and guidelines for interpretation. Part two presents the origin of Scripture, its inspiration, inerrancy, and much more. (July)


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This stand-alone, in-depth reference work is the culmination of the author's 30-plus years of study and research. In the introduction portion of this two-part book, Geisler examines the realities of the Christian faith, including the existence of God, the reality of truth, the nature of revelation, and guidelines for interpretation. Part two presents the origin of Scriptur This stand-alone, in-depth reference work is the culmination of the author's 30-plus years of study and research. In the introduction portion of this two-part book, Geisler examines the realities of the Christian faith, including the existence of God, the reality of truth, the nature of revelation, and guidelines for interpretation. Part two presents the origin of Scripture, its inspiration, inerrancy, and much more. (July)

30 review for Systematic Theology: Introduction/Bible

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben De Bono

    I had discussion with one of my professors this past week about Geisler. He made the comment, referring to Geisler, that not everyone who has an intellectual mind also possesses a subtle mind. It's a fascinating and important distinction that perfectly sums up everything that is right and wrong with this book. Geisler clearly knows his stuff. He's a logical thinker capable of building clear arguments in favor of his positions. But despite being able to put together a clear, logical argument, Gei I had discussion with one of my professors this past week about Geisler. He made the comment, referring to Geisler, that not everyone who has an intellectual mind also possesses a subtle mind. It's a fascinating and important distinction that perfectly sums up everything that is right and wrong with this book. Geisler clearly knows his stuff. He's a logical thinker capable of building clear arguments in favor of his positions. But despite being able to put together a clear, logical argument, Geisler's approach lacks any of the subtle complexity that makes a systematic theology truly great. There is no room for mystery in Geisler's world. Every t is crossed and every i is dotted. The problem is that that's not how theology works. Theology is complex and intricate. That doesn't mean that conclusions must be relativistic but it does mean that theologians must avoid brushing off complex counter arguments with brief five point responses - something Geisler does repeatedly in his book. Reflecting on this first volume, I have to wonder if that sort of blunt, ultimately simplistic approach is indicative of an evidentialist approach to theology. It seems that evidentialism requires an airtight case, which allows little room for the complexity that comes with truly engaging with and internalizing conflicting views. That doesn't mean the work is valueless. For better or worse Geisler is a good representative of evangelical theology and the way that most evangelicals go about theology. He makes the case for evangelical theology in a perfectly evangelical way. Unfortunately, it's a case that will only be accepted by those already on board with his views. Anyone opposing Geisler's positions can, for the most part, dismantle his arguments very quickly. As an evangelical I find this very problematic and it's why I'm being so hard on the book. I do hold to many (though certainly not all!) of Geisler's positions, but the way he argues them makes those views unsustainable. For evangelicalism to survive we must stop accepting easy answers and be willing to engage in complex discussion that doesn't always end with everything as neatly tied down as we might like it to be. Through one volume Geisler appears unwilling or incapable of doing so. If I'm right about him be an indicator of evangelical thought, then evangelicalism is, sadly, not in good shape. Perhaps it's time for evangelicals to end their decades long polemic against Karl Barth and relearn how to defend conservative, orthodox theology in an intellectually defensible way that we can actually be proud of.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Close

    Very comprehensive, but would have benefited from more depth into specific topics/discussions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Parker

    This is a solid overview of the Prolegomena and doctrine of the Bible (Bibliology) in Systematic Theology. It is in-depth enough for PhD-level research, as well as Geisler takes an Apologetics-style approach to Systematic Theology, so this will benefit students of Apologetics as well, in addition to those who want a practical approach to studying Systematic Theology. I look forward to interacting with the rest of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kingsley Layton

    A great alternative to people like Grudem without deviating one iota from the truth.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Philip Dampier

    Very comprehensive. Disagree with his treatment of eschatology but that is a person understanding difference.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Grad school read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bryant Rudisill

    Thank God for theistic philosophers. Such an exhaustive precondition laid as a foundation to Dr. Geisler's magnum opus; and his prolegomena does well in supporting the weight of the first-story (an intimidating defense of the orthodox view of the Bible) of a seven-story construction. I give ten stars because there was little to disagree with and much knowledge gained from his near-irrefutable rebuttal of classic and modern arguments against a theistic God and the divine-authority of Scripture. I u Thank God for theistic philosophers. Such an exhaustive precondition laid as a foundation to Dr. Geisler's magnum opus; and his prolegomena does well in supporting the weight of the first-story (an intimidating defense of the orthodox view of the Bible) of a seven-story construction. I give ten stars because there was little to disagree with and much knowledge gained from his near-irrefutable rebuttal of classic and modern arguments against a theistic God and the divine-authority of Scripture. I understand now why there is such an importance for today's theologian to be WELL-educated in philosophy. Dr. Geisler does immensely well in defending his theology from a philosophical stance. He argues neatly, rather exhaustively, while remaining compact, and thoroughly, being careful to leave no room for error and careful to give no ground or opportunity to be rebutted. Though your mind may well be fried after the closing of this giant, its completion is to your advantage.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Systematic, indeed... and thorough. Hardly ever three points and done, get used to reading "fifteenthly ..." The prolegomena is an excellent overview of the necessary philosophical presuppositions and refutation of the faulty ones involved in an approach to theology. The Bibliology section is repetitive (!), but serves to establish exactly what the evangelical position toward the Scriptures is. Written at a surprisingly readable level. Should be easily read by the layman. Will serve well as a bib Systematic, indeed... and thorough. Hardly ever three points and done, get used to reading "fifteenthly ..." The prolegomena is an excellent overview of the necessary philosophical presuppositions and refutation of the faulty ones involved in an approach to theology. The Bibliology section is repetitive (!), but serves to establish exactly what the evangelical position toward the Scriptures is. Written at a surprisingly readable level. Should be easily read by the layman. Will serve well as a bibliographic reference for reading more on the various topics discussed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Aitken

    Geisler's idiosyncrasies aside, I actually kind of liked this book. It is very-well organized and is sensitive to a lot of critiques raised by Roman Catholics. Since he is not specifically dealing with Calvinism in this book, he therefore actually takes his arguments to the next level. Geisler's idiosyncrasies aside, I actually kind of liked this book. It is very-well organized and is sensitive to a lot of critiques raised by Roman Catholics. Since he is not specifically dealing with Calvinism in this book, he therefore actually takes his arguments to the next level.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Farr

    Good systematic theology for those of you who like Geisler.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    While other Volumes in this series may be less then useful, this Volume contains some useful references.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jared Daugherty

    This is a great introduction to systematic theology and why it matters when we study the Word of God. If we carefully interpret God's Word with God's Word we cannot fall into heresy nor redundancy. This is a great introduction to systematic theology and why it matters when we study the Word of God. If we carefully interpret God's Word with God's Word we cannot fall into heresy nor redundancy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cory Kierkegaard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Everlasting Nonexistence

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Sherron

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hae-yu

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Converse

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Hoch

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Mccabe

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Puritan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Curlee

  24. 5 out of 5

    Randy Kidd

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  27. 5 out of 5

    John Wiley

  28. 4 out of 5

    R. C. Maxson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason Trivium

  30. 5 out of 5

    teresa knecht

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