3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not too bad, but much better apologetics books exist,
By A Customer
This review is from: Christian Apologetics (Paperback)
Geisler gives a foundationalist defense of Christianity: he tries to construct a rational chain of argumentation starting from the Cartesian notion of indubitability all the way to the main doctrines of the Christian faith. Some of the arguments are not bad, but the foundationalist approach practically begs the reader to pick holes in the long chain of reasoning, and in fact it is not hard to find such holes. Even more importantly, foundationalism in general has serious defects, which the reader can find discussed in any Anglo-American textbook on contemporary epistemology. In my opinion, the entire project of giving a rationalist, foundationalist defense of Christianity is misguided; it is not demanded by most Christian theologies or by Scripture and is based on an overly optimistic view of what reason alone can accomplish.
Nevertheless, it is valuable to have such a book around, to demonstrate concretely just how far one can get with such an approach, and to see what its limitations are. Given what he is trying to accomplish, Geisler does a creditable job (though I think Richard Swinburne's books are much better). After reading this book I gained a much clearer sense of what the hardest-to-defend points in the Christian worldview are.