Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 147:588 (Oct 1990)
Article: Book Reviews
Author: Anonymous

Book Reviews

When Skeptics Ask. By Norman Geisler and Ron Brooks. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1990. 348 pp. $17.95.

Geisler is dean of the Liberty Center for Research and Scholarship in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Brooks is the president of Research for X-press Ministries, Fort Worth. (Geisler holds the PhD degree from Loyola University, and Brooks earned the ThM degree from Dallas Seminary.) The subheading of this fine new work is “A Handbook on Christian Evidences.” Assuming that unbelievers have a lot of good questions to ask, and the fact that Christians have good answers to these questions, the authors proceed to map out the territory for Christian responses to hundreds of key questions. The ideological framework is easily captured with these introductory words: “Most skeptics have only heard the questions and believed there were no answers. But we have some great answers to their questions. Christianity is true. That means that reality will always be on our side, and we just need to find the appropriate evidence to answer whatever question is asked” (p. 11).

The authors develop extensive, cogent, and pointed answers to questions about God, other gods (such as deism and pantheism), evil, miracles, Jesus Christ, the Bible, Bible difficulties, archaeology, science and evolution, the afterlife, truth, and morals. Included in the book are a glossary, a list of suggested readings, and topical and Scripture indexes.

Many of the chapters include charts, diagrams, and graphic presentations, all of which enhance the clarity of the arguments offered and answers given. What this reviewer especially likes about this major new work is that it translates the theory of apologetics into vital practice. It deserves a wide reading and wide usage.

Frederic R. Howe

Explaining Your Faith. By Alister E. McGrath. Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1989. 111 pp. Paper, $4.95.

The publisher is to be commended for making the works of Alister McGrath available to readers in the United States. McGrath is an exceptional

British evangelical scholar who combines a background in molecular biology (DPhil, Oxford University) with an internationally recognized expertise in the field of theology. He is a member of the Oxford Faculty of Theology and is a lecturer in Christian doctrine and ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Technical scholars in the history of Christian doctrine acclaim his two-volume Institia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification as a definitive scholarly work. This reviewer has used with keen appreciation McGrath’s nontechnical works, such as Understanding Jesus an...

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