Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Book Review: Reasons For Belief by Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe

This new work by Geisler is written at a popular level, and at a good length for broad circulation (236 pages including resources and end notes). In the book, Geisler and Tunnicliffe seek to answer 10 essential questions about the Christian faith. Targeted towards Christians needing a basic set of answers to hard questions, and towards skeptics, Reasons is a great resource for those who know what they are getting when they pick it up.

The book is well written, and holds your attention. If you have read many apologetics books, it will not present much in the way of fresh arguments or new material. Much of the content is formed from classic apologetics arguments packaged in fresh ways. That being said, it would be very helpful to anyone who does not have a solid apologetics background. People who want solid answers to questions like, "Does truth exist? Does God exist? How do we know that the God of the Bible is the right one? Did miracles really happen?" as well as a variety of questions about Jesus and the text of scripture, will find the book informative and helpful.

One major concern is Geisler's compromise on a literal six-day creation. Any apologetics work that emphasizes the consistency and reliability of scripture but then bends Genesis one and two in order to fit the claims of secular humanistic science strikes a somewhat hollow blow.

I would encourage anyone using this book to supplement it with a thorough study of some of the excellent resources put out by groups such as Answers in Genesis. One particularly helpful book is a collection of essays written on a college/seminary level entitled Coming to Grips with Genesis.

I give Reasons for Belief four out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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