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"I am put here for the defense of the gospel" - Phil. 1:16

About Dr. Geisler

 



Education

     
 
  • William Tyndale College, 1950-55 (diploma)
  • University of Detroit, 1956-57
  • Wheaton College, 1958 (B.A. in philosophy)
  • Wheaton Graduate School, 1960 (M.A. in theology)
  • William Tyndale College, 1964 (Th.B.)
  • Wayne State University Graduate School, 1964 (work in philosophy)
  • University of Detroit Graduate School, 1965-66 (work on M.A. in philosophy)
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, 1968 (work in philosophy)
  • Loyola University, Chicago, 1967-70 (Ph.D. in philosophy)     
 
     

Professional Experience
     
   
     

Pastoral/Pulpit Ministries
     
 
  • Director of Northeast Suburban Youth for Christ, near Detroit, 1952-54
  • Pastor of Dayton Center Church, Silverwood, Michigan, 1955-57 (ordained here 1956)
  • Assistant Pastor of River Grove Bible Church, River Grove, Illinois, 1958-59
  • Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Warren, Michigan, 1960-63
  • President of Alumni of Detroit Bible College, 1961-62
  • Several interim pastorates in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas, 1965+
  • "Quest for Truth," radio ministry 1981-91
  • Senior Pastor of Southern Evangelical Church, Charlotte, NC 2003-2007
  • Internationally known speaker at churches, retreats, pastor's conferences, universities, radio, and television since 1960  
 
     


Books  
   (authored, co-authored, and/or edited by Dr. Geisler) 
      Title Year Publisher
             
  91   The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions (forthcoming) 2015 Baker details
  90   The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within 2014 Xulon details
  89   The Atheist's Fatal Flaw

2014

Baker

details

  88   Should Believers Make Ashes of Themselves?  Cremation: The Burning Question 2013 Bastion Books details
  87   Reasons for Belief

2013

Bethany House

details

  86   The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible

2013

Harvest House

details

  85   Is the Pope Infallible?  A Look at the Evidence 2012 Bastion Books details
  84   Explaining Biblical Inerrancy: Official Commentary on the ICBI Statements

2013

Bastion
Books

ebook

  83   Twelve Points the Show Christianity is True

2012

Bastion
Books

details

  82   A History of Western Philosophy, Volume 2:
Modern and Postmodern

2012

Bastion
Books

details

  81   A History of Western Philosophy, Volume1:
Ancient and Medieval

2012

Bastion Books

details

  80   The Big Book of Christian Apologetics

2012

Baker

details

  79   Reasons for Belief: Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions

2013

Bethany House

details

  78   From God to Us: How we Got our Bible

1974; 2012;

2013

Moody;

Bastion Books

details

  77   Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation

2011

Baker Books

details

  76   Systematic Theology: In One Volume

2011

Bethany House

details

      Si Dios existe, ¿por qué el mal? // If God, Why Evil? (Spanish Edition) 2014 Unilit details
  75   If God, Why Evil? A New Way to Think about the Question

2011

Bethany House

details

  74   Making Sense of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

2009

Baker

details

  73   Conversational Evangelism: How to Listen and Speak So You can Be Heard

2008

Harvest House

details

  72   The Apologetics of Jesus: A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters

2008

Baker

details

  71   The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

2008

Baker

details

  70   Is Rome the True Church? A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim

2008

details

  69   Conviction without Compromise: Standing Strong in the Core Beliefs of the Christian Faith

2008

Harvest House

details

  68   When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences (revised, updated)

2008; 2013

Baker

details

  67   Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith

2007

Crossway

details

  66   Love Your Neighbor

2007

Crossway

details

  65   Popular Survey of the New Testament

2007

Baker

details

  64   Creation in the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom

2007

Crossway

details

  64   Integrity at Work; Finding Your Ethical Compass in a Post-Enron World

2007

Baker

details

  63   Bringing Your Faith to Work: Answers for Break-Room Skeptics

2005

Baker

details

  62   Correcting the Cults: Expert Responses to Their Scripture Twisting

2005

Baker

details

             
      Systematic Theology,
Four Volumes

2005

Bethany

details

  61   Systematic Theology, Vol 4:
   Church, Last Things

2005

Bethany

details

  60   Systematic Theology, Vol 3:
   Sin, Salvation

2004

Bethany

details

  59    Systematic Theology, Vol 2:
    God, Creation

2003

Bethany

details

  58   Systematic Theology, Vol 1:   
    Introduction, Bible

2002

Bethany

details

      Teologia Sistemática (Brazilian Portuguese edition)   CPAD details
             
      Não tenho fé suficiente para ser ateu
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
(Brazilian Portuguese edition)
  Editora Vida details
      I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Romanian edition)      
      I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Korean edition)      
      Ik heb te weinig geloof om een atheïst te zijn  (Dutch edition)     details
  57   I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

2004

Crossway

details

  56   Is Your Church Ready? Motivating Leaders to Live an Apologetic Life

2003

Zondervan

  55   Legislating Morality: Is it Wise? Is it Legal? Is it Possible?

2003

Wipf

details

      ¿Quién creó a Dios? (Who Made God? Spanish edition) 2007 Editorial Vida details
  54   Who Made God? And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith

2003

Zondervan

details

  53   Living Loud Defending Your Faith

2002

B&H

details

  52   The Battle for God; Responding to the Challenge of Neotheism

2001

Kregel

details

  51   Why I Am a Christian; Leading Thinkers Explain Why they Believe

2001

Baker

details

      Fundamentos inabaláveis ( Brazilian Portuguese edition of Unshakable Foundations)   Editora Vida details
  50   Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith

2000

Bethany

details

  49   Chosen but Free: A Balanced View of God’s Sovereignty and Free Will

1999;
2010

Bethany

details

      Enciclopédia de Apologética (Brazilian Portuguese edition)   Editora Vida details
  48   Baker’s Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

1999

Baker

details

  47   Legislating Morality

1998

Bethany House

details

  46   The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism; The Great Divide Between Mormonism and Christianity

1998

Harvest House

details

  45   When Cultists Ask; A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations

1997

Baker

details

  44   Creating God in the Image of Man?

1997

Bethany House

details

  43   Love Is Always Right

1996

Word

details

  42   Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences

1995

Baker

details

  41   Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross

1993;
2002

Baker

details

  40   Miracles and the Modern Mind:
A Defense of Biblical Miracles

1992;
2004;
2012

Baker/
Wipf/
Bastion
Books

print
and
ebook

  39   When Critics Ask: A Handbook on Bible Difficulties

1992

Victor

details

  38   Matters of Life and Death: Calm Answers to Tough Questions about Abortion and Euthanasia

1991

Baker

details

  37   Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal
       -------aka--------
Should Old Aquinas be Forgotten?  The Author says No! 

1991; 2003; 2013

Baker/

Wipf/

Bastion Books

Print

and

ebook

  36   In Defense of the Resurrection

1991

Quest;

details

  35   The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of our Time

1990

Greenwood

details

  34   Gambling: A Bad Bet
      -----aka-----
Gambling is a Bad Bet

1990;

2013

Fleming Revell; Bastion Books

Amazon and

ebook

  33   Come Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking

1990

Baker

details

  32   Apologetics in the New Age: A Christian Critique of Pantheism

1990;
2004

Baker/ Wipf

details

  31   Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues & Options

1989; 2009

Baker

details

  30   The Battle for the Resurrection

1989; 2004

Wipf

details

  29   The Infiltration of the New Age

1989

Tyndale

  28   Knowing the Truth about Creation, revised

1989;
2003; 2013

Servant/
Wipf/
Bastion
Books

print
and
ebook

  27   Worlds Apart: A Handbook on World Views
       -------aka--------
A Handbook on WorldViews:  A Catalogue for Worldview Shoppers

1989; 2003; 2013

Baker; Wipf;

Bastion Books

details

  26   Signs and Wonders: Healings, Miracles, and Unusual Events: Which are real? Which are supernatural? Which are Counterfeit?

1988

Tyndale

details

  25   Origin Science

1987

Baker

details

  24   Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective

1987

Baker

details

  23   Reincarnation Sensation

1986

Tyndale/
Wipf

details

  22   False Gods of Our Time; a Defense of the Christian Faith

1985

Harvest House

details

  21   Christianity under Attack

1985

Quest

  20   Perspectives: Understanding and Evaluating Today's World Views

1984

Here's Life

  19   To Drink or Not to Drink: A Sober Look at the Problem

1984

Quest

  18   Religion of the Force

1983

Quest

  17   Cosmos: Carl Sagan's Religion for the Scientific Mind

1983

Quest

  16   Is Man the Measure? An Evaluation of Contemporary Humanism

1983

Baker/
Wipf

details

  15   What Augustine Says

1982,
2013

Baker; Wipf;
Bastion
Books

print
and
ebook

  14   The Creator in the Courtroom--Scopes II

1982

Baker

  13   Decide for Yourself: How History Views the Bible
    -------aka--------
Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence

1982; 2013

Zondervan;
Wipf;
Bastion
Books

ebook

  12   Biblical Errancy: An Analysis of its Philosophical Roots

1981; 2013

Zondervan;
Wipf;

Bastion Books

ebook

  11   Options in Contemporary Christian Ethics

1981

Baker

details

  10   Inerrancy

1978

Zondervan

details

  9   The Roots of Evil

1978; 2013

Zondervan; Bastion Books

ebook

  8   A Popular Survey of the Old Testament

1977; 1996

Baker

details

  7   Christian Apologetics

1976; 1988

Baker

details

  6   From God to Us: How We Got our Bible

1974

Moody Press

details

  5   Philosophy of Religion

1974; 1988; 2003

Zondervan;
Moody;
Wipf

details

  4   The Christian Ethic of Love
   -------aka--------
The Christian Love Ethic

1973; 2012

Zondervan;

Bastion Books

details

  3   Ethics: Alternatives and Issues

1971

Zondervan

      Introdução Bíblica (Brazilian Portuguese edition)   Editora Vida details
  2   General Introduction to the Bible

1968;
1986

Moody Press

details

  1   Christ: The Theme of the Bible

1968; 2012

Moody 

details


                        Note:  Several of these books are available as ebooks.

Book Contributions (Partial list)
     
 
  • MissionShift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millennium (B&H, 2010)
  • Evangelicals Engaging Emergent: A Discussion of the Emergent Church Movement (B&H, 2009)
  • The Apologetics Study Bible (2007)
  • The Portable Seminary: A Master’s Level Overview in One Volume (Bethany House, 2006)
  • Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics (B&H, 2007)
  • Four Views on Eternal Security (Zondervan, 2002)
  • The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (1999.  A "managing editor." link)
  • The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary (1992)
  • "Biblical Studies," Opening of the American Mind: The Integration of Biblical Truth in the Curriculum of the University (Baker, 1991)
  • Walvoord: A Tribute (Moody, 1982) (read chapter here)
 
     

DVD Lectures (Partial List)
  Seminary in a Box (50 hours) details
  Reason and Faith details
  12 Points that Prove Christianity is True details
  Overcoming Obstacles to Sharing Christ (8 hours) details
  If God, Why Evil? details
  Answering the Emergent Church Series details
  Who Made God?  And Answers to Other Tough Questions of the Christian Faith details
  Truth in the Balance: The Case for Christianity
Annual Apologetics Conference 2009
details
     


Debates
     
 
  • “Can the Existence of God Be Proven?” with Professor Milton Rosenberg at College of Lake County (1973)
  • “Sexual Morality: Relative or Absolute?” with Professor Kenneth Simonson at College of Lake County (1973)
  • “Is Christianity Credible?” with Dr. Michael Scriven at University of Calgary (1974)
  • “Is Humanistic Ethics Superior to Biblical Christianity?” with Dr. Joseph E. Barnhart at North Texas State University (January 24, 1974)
  • “Can the Existence of God Be Proven?” with Dr. Jonathan Saville (Spring 1976) at University of California, San Diego
  • “The Existence of God,” Southern Methodist University (March, 1977)
  • “Is Christianity Credible?” with John Riteris at IUPU, Indianapolis (November 2, 1977)
  • “The Reasonableness of God’s Existence” with Dr. William Wisdom, Temple University (November 8, 1979)
  • “Does God Exist?” with Dr. Wisdom, Temple University (February, 1980)
  • “Christianity vs. Humanism” with Dr. K. Kolenda, Rice University (March 14, 1980)
  • “Inerrancy of Scripture” with Dr. Norman Beck (January, 1981)
  • “Does God Exist?” with Dr. William De Vries, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts (April 8, 1981)
  • “The Inerrancy of Scripture” with Dr. Thor Hall, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • “Creation/Evolution” with Dr. Claud Rupert (January 10, 1982, NBC-TV)
  • “Creation vs. Evolution” with Dr. Paul Edwards (May 1983
  • “Should Creationism be Taught (as science) in the Public School? with Fred Edwards and Steve Schafersman (May 6, 1983)
  • “Does God Exist?” with Harry Benswanger (April 9, 1984)
  • “Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?” a TV debate with Rabbi Kushner (1984)
  • “Should Creation be Taught in Public Schools?” with Philip Kitcher (November 8, 1985)
  • “Should Roe vs. Wade (Abortion) Decision Be Reversed?” with Charlotte Taft (January 17, 1986)
  • “Christianity vs. Secular Humanism” with Dr. Paul Kurtz (1986), author of Humanist Manifesto II
  • “Is Christianity Rational” with Harvey Siegel (1987)
  • “Process Theism vs. Classical Theism” with John Cobb (April, 1988)
  • “Should Creation be Taught in the Public Schools” with ACLU attorney Crawford (March 5, 1991)
  • “Did Jesus Rise from the Dead” with Farrel Til (March, 1994)   
 
     

Honors and Recognitions
     
 
  • Graduated with honor from Wheaton College (1958)
  • Chosen as an “Outstanding Educator of America” (1975)
  • Philosophy of Religion chosen as a “Choice Evangelical Book of the Year” by Christianity Today (1975)
  • First president of Evangelical Philosophical Society (1976)
  • Elected to the Wheaton Scholastic Honor Society (1977)
  • Listed in Who's Who in Religion, Writers Who's Who, and Men of Achievement
  • Honored as Alumnus of the Year - William Tyndale College (1982)
  • Quoted in Time magazine (Jan. 1982, Sept. 1985)
  • General Introduction to the Bible won the Cornerstone Magazine book of the year award in its category (1986)
  • When Skeptics Ask was nominated for the Medallion Award of the year in the category of Missions/Evangelism (1991)
  • President of Evangelical Theological Society (1998)
  • Gold Medallion Award for Legislating Morality (1999)
  • Silver Medallion Award for Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics (2000)
  • Founder and first President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics (2006)  
  • Outreach Magazine recognized If God, Why Evil? as the 2012 Outreach Resource in Apologetics 
 
     

Travel
     
 
  • Dr. Geisler has lectured in all 50 states and 26 countries on six continents. 
 
     


Family
     
 
  • Married for 57 years (as of 2014) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University)  
  • Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren