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  • Hardcover: 627 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group (6 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764225510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764225512
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 771,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found it easy to read which to me is always important with this kind of subject.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon A. Hailes on 17 Mar 2006
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I got the complete set of these 4 volumes recently and I have flicked through the whole set. I am quite impressed. It seems to be fairly well written from a king of apologetic perspective, which means it is not too "theological" if you know what I mean.
It seems to be premillenial, broadly evangelical (a bit too wide for my complete aproval) and very bible based.
My main criticism so far, is that he slags of the KJV only veiw from a fairly biased and unbalanced perspective. He doesn't even mention Waite, Hills, or Burgon and the defense of the KJV from a Recieved text perspective or even go into such textual issues.
I think the issue of final authority will increase as postmodernism increases and marginalising the textual issue as if 400 bibles in English and about 40 different printed Greek texts are all equally and truely the word of God won't cut it. Neither will the original manuscripts scam. For more info on that look up Edward F Hills, G A Riplinger or Dean J W Burgon!
Apart from that it seems to be OK and a resource that will be of great use to God's people as they seek to serve the LORD.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved! Amen
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough, easy to understand 19 May 2003
By Ian Wishart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having sampled quite a range of Christian apologetics and theology works, I think I can say safely say Norman Geisler is a crucial addition to any thinking Christian's library.
At a time when liberal scholarship is adrift in a sea of desperation, the cool, calm analysis and breadth of knowledge of Geisler is an asset to a faith in need of revitalisation and energising.
Like Todd Vick, I think Geisler is at his best on issues like inerrancy and inspiration, but his thorough background treatise on the varying paths of liberal and fundamental thought is just as vital to understanding where Christianity has been and where it's going.
Systematic Theology is highly recommended as a solid grounding for evangelicals. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Starts at ground zero and builds brick by brick 5 Feb 2005
By Joseph P. Bowling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the first systematic theology book i have ever read. I have read a few of Dr. Gieslers articles prior to this book.

I found this book to very exteremely through. There are no assumptions made and thus it starts in the begining. The Prolegomena (preconditions) covered every debating ground i could think of and some i didnt think of. To say the least to me it appears Dr. Giesler took every type of argument made to the "preconditions" and expanded on each one in great detail. I believe Dr Giesler did not build any "straw-man" arguments. He represented aposing views very very well and critqued them as fit. Dr. Giesler did a great job of putting all the evidence out there and allows you to draw your own conclusion but he is clear on where he stands and why. I found the book to be very well written, organized, and referenced. The material demands some heavy thinking but is still written in a very clear manner.

I am so impressed with this volume (1) that i now plan to read his following 3 volumes. I would recommend this to anyone who is learning what they believe, why they believe it, and how to think.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Geisler's culminating work is a grand spectacle. 9 July 2005
By Sam M. Tannenbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Geisler's four-volume systematic theology treatment needs to be studied by any serious student of Christian theology, because he emphasizes a logical approach and recognizes the importance of apologetics when doing any part of theology OR philosophy from a Christian standpoint. I certainly won't brag that I've made my way through all three of the presently available volumes, but as far as I HAVE gotten, I have been blessed, taught, motivated, and enlightened. Even those who find themselves at odds with Dr. Geisler's points-of-view on certain topics will appreciate the way he presents opposing and alternative ideas and deals with the differences, instead of assuming his to be givens.

Highly recommended and profoundly enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Truly a Masterpiece 17 Sep 2009
By Bryan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As the first systematic theology book I've read, I didn't really know what to expect going into it; and being the first volume of Dr. Geisler's nearly 3,000 page, four volume masterpiece in Systematic Theology, the task seemed daunting to say the least. However, having read a few of Dr. Geisler's other works before this, I knew it would be a wealth of knowledge that would be well worth the time and effort invested in reading it, and would no doubt exceed my expectations in the process. So far, it appears I was right.

Not only is this first volume extremely thorough, but it is clearly written, heavily referenced, and incredibly organized. It is structured in a logical fashion in which there are little "a priori" assumptions. Instead, it starts at the most foundational level and builds from there, brick by brick, justifying every step of the way. In the first half, the Prolegomena (preconditions), Dr. Geisler lays out all the preconditions necessary for Christianity. I found this half to be delightfully philosophically rich in that it introduced and expanded upon, in great detail, every philosophical viewpoint and presupposition I could possibly think of and some I'd probably never have thought of - and in understandable language. In the second half, Dr. Geisler outlines not philosophy, but the Bible itself. Here, he links the philosophical views in the first half to their corresponding perspectives regarding the Bible and its origin, its historicity, its meaning, its theology, etc., and ultimately its purpose for us as humans. In both halves, the various viewpoints were represented and analyzed well, being critiqued or supported as seemed fit; and although Dr. Geisler is very clear on where he stands and why, he did a great job of laying out all the evidence, thus allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions from where the arguments lead. I also found the appendix on "Objections to Theistic Arguments" to be tremendously beneficial as well - something I wouldn't expect to see in a book on systematic theology.

Overall, I loved it and cannot wait to read the next three volumes, however long it takes. I would highly recommend this collection to any Christian who desires to take the time to think critically about their faith, as well as to simply learn what they believe and why they believe it. The wealth of knowledge available is truly overwhelming, but with patience and perseverance, this "culminating work of a lifetime of study and research" will leave you with a faith that is grounded, strengthened, justified, confident, defensible, and enriched. You will not be let down.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very thorough, easy to understand 19 May 2003
By Ian Wishart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having sampled quite a range of Christian apologetics and theology works, I think I can say safely say Norman Geisler is a crucial addition to any thinking Christian's library.
At a time when liberal scholarship is adrift in a sea of desperation, the cool, calm analysis and breadth of knowledge of Geisler is an asset to a faith in need of revitalisation and energising.
Like Todd Vick, I think Geisler is at his best on issues like inerrancy and inspiration, but his thorough background treatise on the varying paths of liberal and fundamental thought is just as vital to understanding where Christianity has been and where it's going.
Systematic Theology is highly recommended as a solid grounding for evangelicals. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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