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Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, “Who is Norm Geisler?” some have suggested, “Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you’re not too far off.”

Norm has authored or co-authored over 96 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.

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

  • Graduate Assistant in Bible-Philosophy Department, Wheaton College, 1959
  • Part-time Instructor in Bible at Detroit Bible College, 1959-62
  • Full-time Assistant Professor of Bible and Apologetics at Detroit Bible College, 1963-66
  • Full-time Associate Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College, 1970-71
  • Visiting Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1969-70
  • Chairman of Philosophy of Religion, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1970-79
  • Professor of Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979-1988
  • Dean of Liberty Center for Research and Scholarship, Lynchburg, VA, 1989-91
  • Co-founder of Southern Evangelical Seminary, 1992
  • Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary, 1992-99
  • President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, 1999-2006
  • Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary, 2006-07
  • Visiting Professor of Apologetics, Southern Evangelical Seminary, 2014-Present
  • Founder and President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, 2006-Present
  • Co-founder of Veritas Evangelical Seminary, 2007
  • Chancellor of Veritas Evangelical Seminary, 2007-Present
  • Distinguished Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary, 2007-Present

 

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

Title Year Publisher
91 The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions 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: Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions 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

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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

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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

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38 Matters of Life and Death: Calm Answers to Tough Questions about Abortion and Euthanasia 1992 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

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 36 In Defense of the Resurrection1991; 1993; 2015Quest; Wipf; Bastion Booksdetails 35 The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of our Time1990Greenwooddetails 34 Gambling: A Bad Bet —–aka—– Gambling is a Bad Bet1990; 2013Fleming Revell; Bastion BooksAmazon and ebook 33 Come Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking1990Bakerdetails 32 Apologetics in the New Age: A Christian Critique of Pantheism1990; 2004Baker; Wipfdetails 31 Christian Ethics: Contemporary Issues & Options1989; 2009Bakerdetails 30 The Battle for the Resurrection1989; 2004; 2014Wipf; Bastion Booksdetails 29 The Infiltration of the New Age1989Tyndale  28 Knowing the Truth about Creation, revised1989; 2003; 2013Servant; Wipf; Bastion Books details 27 Perspectives: Understanding and Evaluating Today’s World View —–or—— Worlds Apart: A Handbook on World Views —–or—— A Handbook on WorldViews:  A Catalogue for Worldview Shoppers1984; 1989; 2003; 2013Here’s Life; Baker; Wipf; Bastion Booksdetails 26 Signs and Wonders: Healings, Miracles, and Unusual Events: Which are real? Which are supernatural? Which are Counterfeit?1988

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details 25 Origin Science1987Bakerdetails 24 Introduction to Philosophy: A Christian Perspective1987Bakerdetails 23 Reincarnation Sensation1986Tyndale; Wipfdetails 22 False Gods of Our Time; a Defense of the Christian Faith1985Harvest Housedetails 21 Christianity under Attack1985Quest  20 Perspectives: Understanding and Evaluating Today’s World Views1984Here’s Life  19 To Drink or Not to Drink: A Sober Look at the Problem1984Quest  18 Religion of the Force1983Quest  17 Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s Religion for the Scientific Mind1983Quest  16 Is Man the Measure? An Evaluation of Contemporary Humanism1983Baker; Wipfdetails 15 What Augustine Says1982, 2013Baker; Wipf; Bastion Booksprint and ebook 14 The Creator in the Courtroom–Scopes II1982Bakerdetails 13 Decide for Yourself: How History Views the Bible ——-aka——– Biblical Inerrancy: The Historical Evidence1982; 2013Zondervan; Wipf; Bastion Booksebook 12 Biblical Errancy: An Analysis of its Philosophical Roots1981; 2013Zondervan; Wipf;Bastion Booksebook 11 Options in Contemporary Christian Ethics1981Bakerdetails 10 Inerrancy1978Zondervan

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 9 The Roots of Evil1978; 2013Zondervan; Bastion Books

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 8 A Popular Survey of the Old Testament1977; 1996Bakerdetails 7 Christian Apologetics1976; 1988; 2013

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details 6 From God to Us: How We Got our Bible1974Moody Press

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 5 Philosophy of Religion1974; 1988; 2003Zondervan; Moody; Wipfdetails 4 The Christian Ethic of Love ——-aka——– The Christian Love Ethic1973; 2012Zondervan; Bastion Books

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 3 Ethics: Alternatives and Issues1971Zondervan    Introdução Bíblica (Brazilian Portuguese edition) Editora Vidadetails 2 General Introduction to the Bible1968; 1986Moody Press

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 1 Christ: The Theme of the Bible1968; 2012Moodydetails

                        Note:  Several of these books are available as ebooks.

Book Contributions

  • 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 Faithdetails 12 Points that Prove Christianity is Truedetails
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Sharing Christ (8 hours)details
  • If God, Why Evil?details
  • Answering the Emergent Church Seriesdetails
  • Who Made God?  And Answers to Other Tough Questions of the Christian Faithdetails
  • Truth in the Balance: The Case for Christianity Annual Apologetics Conference 2009details

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 (as of 2014) six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren