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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: #700,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 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
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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
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
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid piece by some scholarly names July 19 2005
By E. Johnson - Published on
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar work by Top Notch Apologists Dec 6 2009
By Douglas Groothuis - Published on
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Case for the Chrstian Worldview March 18 2005
By Norwalquero - Published on
What a marvelous work! To cite Josh McDowell in the foreward, "the essays contained herein come from some of the greatest Christian minds of our time, many of whom have been trained and influenced by Dr. Norman L. Geisler. It is only appropriate, then, that the book is compiled in his honor".

With 20 chapters, each ranging from 10 to 26 pages in length, 'To Everyone an Answer' is a very readable and helpful work on comtemporary Apologetics, and the defense of the Christian worldview.

While challenging and informative to the more seasoned, apologetics aficionado, it is also relatively accessible to the apologetics neophyte.

'To Everyone an Answer' is divided into five sections, with 3-5 essays per heading. The sections are as follows:

1) Faith, Reason and the Necessity of Apologetics

2) God's Existence

3) Christ and Miracles

4) Philisophical and Cultural Challenges to Christian Faith

5) Religious Challenges to Christian Faith

Each section begins with a brief introduction by one of the three general editors (Beckwith, Craig and Moreland), who, like Dr. Geisler, ought to be regarded as among the most influential Christian thinkers of our time.

While I thoroughly enjoyed all of the essays, I particularly appreciated the contributions of Ronald Nash (The Problem of Evil) and Doug Groothuis (Facing the Challenge of Postmodernism).

Regarding the former, Dr. Nash's 20 page essay covered a remarkable amount of material on the subject that many apologists/ philosophers regard as 'the most serious intellectual obstacle that stands between people and religious faith' (pp 203).

Nash begins his essay by stressing the importance of "worldview thinking", when evaluating the so-called 'problem of evil'. He states, "once people understand that both Christianity and its adversaries...are world-views, they will be in a better position to judge the relative merits of the total Christian system". (pp 204)

Next, after providing a sketch of the 'problem', he draws the important and necessary distinction between the 'theoretical vs. the personal problem of evil'. He rightly observes that, "when someone is troubled by aspects of the theoretical or philosophical problem of evil, the assistance of a good philosopher or apologist may help. But when we are confronted by the personal problem of evil, what we may need is a wise and caring friend, pastor or counselor". (pp 208) Or, as W.L. Craig has said in another context, "the intellectual problem of evil is the realm of the philosopher, while the personal problem of evil is the realm of the counselor".

After considering some alternatives to the Christian worldview (pp 209-213), Nash examines two versions of the 'problem of evil', namely the 'deductive version' and the 'inductive version', or what other thinkers have described, respectively, as the 'logical vs. probabalistic' versions of the problem of evil.

Concerning the former, Dr. Nash argues, following Plantinga, that there is no logical inconsistency or contradiction in the statements "God exists" and "evil exists". Echoing Plantinga, Nash observes, "All that is required to prove our list of propositions is logically CONSISTENT is to add a new proposition that is logically POSSIBLE..."

Here Nash appeals to 'possible world' reasoning, as exemplified in contemporary analytic philosophy, arguing that, as long as it is even POSSIBLE that "God had a good reason for creating a world that contains evil" (even if this proposition turns out to be false), then the so-called deductive (or logical) version of the problem of evil is defeated....and that definitively! (pp 215)

With regard to the 'inductive version' (which argues that, although theism may not be NECESSARILY or LOGICALLY false, it is, nonetheless, PROBABLY false), Nash makes, what I regard to be, a very important, tactical point, namely, that (in arguing for the existence of 'gratuitous' or 'meaningless' evil) the atheist bears the burden of proof!

Nash asks (with tongue-in-cheek), "How did the theist get stuck with the burden of proof? After all, he was simply minding his own business as he went about the task of believing in God and living in the world. Suddenly he is told that unless he can show that none of the evils in the world are gratuitous, belief in the existence of God must be judged to be unreasonble" (pp 219). He concludes by pointing out that "it is not at all clear that the theist has the burden of proof in this matter".

Dr. Nash wraps up his chapter by evaluating 'evil' in the framework of the Christian worldview. Here he considers two passages of Scripture, Romans 8:28 and Romans 8:18, respectively.

When properly understood in context, the biblical notion that "All things work together for good TO THOSE WHO LOVE GOD, TO THOSE WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE" and "I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us", the 'problem of evil' is no longer so serious a problem.

Although space (and time) prohibits me from saying nearly as much about Dr. Groothuis' chapter on postmodernism, I absolutely reccomend it to anyone looking to gain a better understanding of this important philosophical challenge.

Here I will simply quote the final paragraph of his essay (as it sums up quite nicely the preceding 15 pages of the chapter), "Postmodernism's rejection of the classical and biblical views of truth, rationality and language is not a fitting tonic to intellectual arrogance. Instead it shackles the intellect in a prison with no windows open to objective reality. While Christian witness must be savvy concerning the realities of the postmodern condition in order to make the historic Christian message understandable and pertinent to denizens of the contemporary world, this does not mean that we should become postmodernists in the process" (pp. 253).

Finally, and on a personal note, if I might dare to pose a single criticism of this excellent volume, I would have liked to have seen some of the contributors mention Dr. Geisler a bit more in their essays. Perhaps a few personal reflections? Perhaps a few more words about how Dr. Geisler has inspired/ influenced them? After all, this was a festschrift to honor Dr. Geisler's 50+ year legacy. Still, this is simply my personal reflection as a layman, and one who is not at all intimate with the nature and character of festschriftim.

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