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To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview [Hardcover]

Francis J. Beckwith , William Lane Craig , J. P. Moreland


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Aug. 15 2004
In a society fascinated by spirituality but committed to religious pluralism, the Christian worldview faces sophisticated and aggressive opposition. A prior commitment to diversity, with its requisite openness and relativistic outlook, has meant for skeptics, critics and even many Christians that whatever Christianity is, it cannot be exclusively true or salvific.

What is needed in this syncretistic era is an authoritative, comprehensive Christian response. Point by point, argument by argument, the Christian faith must be effectively presented and defended. offers such a response.

Editors Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland have gathered together in this book essays covering all major aspects of apologetics, including


Preeminent in their respective fields, the contributors to this volume offer a solid case for the Christian worldview and a coherent defense of the Christian faith.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; New title edition (Aug. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830827358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830827350
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.1 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #641,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Fetschrift for World Class Apologist March 15 2005
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
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Norman Geisler is one of the significant apologists for the Christian faith, writing many volumes which help all of us defend the faith and provide a response for the Living Hope, Jesus, to all those who ask.

Thus, this collection of apologetics essays by friends and colleagues.

Those I've read so far will certainly cause me over time to read all of these. Especially blessed with Carl Mosser's and Paul Owen's on "Mormonism" and especially the insights on their problems with the Trinity, as well as Abdul Saleeb (who co-authored volume on Islam with Geisler) on Islam. Both provide additional worldview and theological insights which would aid any of us in our outreach to these false theologies.

Excellent defense of apologetics written by Craig Hazen. This well done essay will help any who think apologetics has no right or task in our outreach.

Impressive grouping of Christian apologists such as: Dembski, Craig, Ben Witherinton III, Zacharias. Worth the invest to read.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big names, good essays May 17 2006
By Jesse Rouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very pleased by the content of this book. Big name apologist each write an essay on their specialization. Moreland tackles naturalism, Dembski discusses the design argument, Witherington talks about Christology, Habermas argues for the resurrection, Beckwith takes up the issue of intelligent design in the school system, Zacharias gives insight into apologetics and pantheism, etc. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to contemporary Christian apologists. They discuss classical arguments for God's existence, miracles, challenges to Christianity, and contemporary religious opponents. Definitely a very helpful book if you are looking for a very good introduction to these arguments/issues.

I especially liked Dembski's Information-Theoretic Design argument and Willaim Lane Craig's chapter on the Ontological argument. Both helped explain things that had previously been presented to me in a rather confusing manner.

The only chapters I did not especially like were W. David Beck's chapter on the Thomistic Cosmological argument and Ronald Nash's chapter on the Problem of Evil. Beck tried to prove specific attributes of the Christian God from the Thomistic Cosmological argument, and it seemed rather contrived and unconvincing. Nash was supossed to discuss the Problem of Evil, and he spent most of his chapter discussing what a worldview was (in the middle of the book, mind you), and never really got around to giving a very good answer to the problem. He simply dismisses the argument as invalid (in his one paragraph response), which I imagine is not going to be very persuasive to any naturalists he may encounter.

Overall, this was a VERY good book which I highly recommend. It is probably the top non-advanced apologetic book released in the last few years. Definitely worth your time to read it.

Overall grade: A
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece by some scholarly names July 19 2005
By E. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This tribute to Dr. Geisler is a worthwhile read as "a case for the Christian worldview" is provided. Articles by such people as Gary Habermas, William Lane Craig, and others were very interesting and educational. I especially liked the chapter written by Greg Koukl as being the most applicable to apologetics, as he showed how to "apply apologetics to everyday life." Several of the articles were a little wordy and could have been much simplified, meaning that some laypersons may get easily bored. But overall, I think the book did its job.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar work by Top Notch Apologists Dec 6 2009
By Douglas Groothuis - Published on Amazon.com
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I will reserve comment about my own chapter (on truth and postmodernism), but this is a superb collection of essays defending various aspects of Christianity as true and rational. The total effect is a cumulative case for Christianity as a compelling worldview.

Particularly excellent are the chapters by Moreland (on the argument from mind to God), Craig (on the ontological argument, far more powerful than often thought), Copan (on the argument from objective morality to God), Dembski (on the design argument) and Habermas (for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grace in space-time history).

The essays are written for a thoughtful person, not necessarily versed in philosophy. Nevertheless, this is not "apologetics for dummies." All the arguments are carefully and forcefully stated. Moreover, most of the writers have given their arguments in more intellectually sophisticated forms. For example, see J.P. Moreland, "Consciousness and the Existence of God."

This makes for an excellent textbook for an apologetics class or for a more dedicated adult education class in the church. (By the way, every college and seminary should require apologetics.) The thoughtful non-Christian, willing to carefully investigate Christian truth-claims, would do well to read this book as well.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good essays, but nothing too original Jan. 10 2007
By Derrick A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was (and remain) somewhat torn about what to rate this book. On the one hand, as far as a quick reference guide to the apologetics landscape, with fairly well-written essays, this is a good book, and deserves perhaps 4 stars. As a festschrift to Norman Geisler on the other hand, it doesn't do its job very well. There are NO tie-ins, notes or reflections by Geisler, and indeed really the only reason one knows its a tribute at all is because it asserts it in a couple places, has a brief introductory note by Josh McDowell, and at the end of the book has a small summary of Geislers publications and educational history. In this instance I would give it two stars. This is hardly "for Norman Geisler" so much as it is a collection of apologetics essays loosley associated with one another only by the fact that they are all apologetics essays, all the authors fall roughly into the conservative-evangelical spectrum of the issues, and that they (obviously) physically occur in a single volume. I am not the biggest Geisler "fan" out there, but the man surely, despite how much you or I agree or disagree with him, surely deserved a more specific (festschrift-ier?) tribute than this.

As far as the actual materials themselves, despite the essays being fairly good introductory essays (and I emphasize introductory, this isn't an in depth text on the various issues) overall there is very little "new" material here. I felt that, along with another reviewer, the essays didn't necessarily reflect their respective author's best works. If you really want to get into a topic, this is not the book to do it with. Go read Dembski's "Intelligent Design" or Craig's "Cosmological Argument," or Habermas' various books on the Resurrection (or N.T. Wrights massive book on the topic, for that matter). And, again as another author pointed out, there were some strange essay choices amongst the participants. William Lane Craig, apparently sick of writing about the Kalaam Argument (my conjecture, of course) for some reason writes on the Ontological argument (for the most part focusing on Alvin PLantinga's modal-logic version) while R. Douglas Geivett writes on Kalaam. Don't get me wrong, both did decent jobs, but its just odd that a man who has spent the majority of his career becoming an expert in the field of cosmological arguments would suddenly alter essay choices.

So, as I said at the beginning, I was somewhat torn with what to rate the book, and decided that a middle of the road grade was about what it deserved. In summary its a good book if you want a quick essay on a particular apologetic topic and are unfamiliar with it, but overall it really offers nothing that hasn't been put forward by the authors in their other publications, and does so in a less detailed manner. Moreover, Geisler fans will undoubtedly be dissapointed that this is his festschrift, when it feels more like they were publishing a collection of apologetic essays anyway, and just tagged "tribute to Norman Geisler" onto it. In the stead of this book, unless you are just getting started in the field of apologetics, I would recommend reading the books by the respective essayists. It might take more time, but you will most likely enjoy it more, and learn WAY more than you would here. If you are simply looking for a quick "reference" guide to apologetics, I would recommend either Geisler's own Encyclopedia of Apologetics, or, more so, the newly published "New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics" (also offered on Amazon), which has multiple well respective contributors, and is far more broad than this book.
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