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    Despite his feud with Licona and others recently, I still had a lot of respect for Dr. Geisler as a scholar and apologist. A few of his books were the first ones I got as a new Christian wanting to learn apologetics. And now he and the others don't have a chance to make amends, and that is sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post


    Despite his feud with Licona and others recently, I still had a lot of respect for Dr. Geisler as a scholar and apologist. A few of his books were the first ones I got as a new Christian wanting to learn apologetics. And now he and the others don't have a chance to make amends, and that is sad.
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    From William Lane Craig's Facebook page today,

    It was with a genuine sense of loss that I learned the news of Norman Geislerís death. He played a pivotal role in my life. I first met Dr. Geisler when he came over to Dekalb from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to speak for Inter-Varsity at Northern Illinois University on the problem of evil. I was impressed by his rational argumentation. Having graduated from Wheaton, I knew that I wanted to attend seminary, but at the same time I didnít feel called to the pastorate, so the M.Div. didnít seem the appropriate degree for me. But I learned that Dr. Geisler was spearheading a new program for an M.A. degree in Philosophy of Religion. This seemed tailor-made for me. I did not have an undergrad degree in philosophy, however, so to get into the program I had to qualify by scoring high enough on the Gradate Record Exam in philosophy. So I studied in my spare time all the next year and scored high enough to be admitted to the Trinity program in the fall of 1973. I spent the next two years under Dr. Geislerís tutelage. That provided the crucial stepping stone for doctoral work in philosophy with John Hick in England. Dr. Geisler was thus the critical link in the chain for me.

    I bear his imprint. He gave me a strong appreciation for the history of philosophy, which has served me well. Most importantly, however, he convinced me of the need for a robust natural theology. This emphasis was and continues to be somewhat out of the ďnormĒ (no pun intended) for Christian philosophers, but those of you who know my work will realize how indelibly Norm Geisler stamped me with his mark. I never embraced his Thomism, but I fully embraced his emphasis on the value and cogency of arguments for Godís existence. I owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.


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    He was the first scholar I came across when I got into apologetics. The book I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist was one of the very first books I read that shook me out of my Agnosticism/Atheism. I recently got his book When Skeptics Ask and now finishing it up. I didn't agree with some of his Theology given I am more Reformed. Despite that, he was a great defender of the faith who was very knowledgeable of the issues and was able to convey them for the common person to understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReformedApologist View Post
    He was the first scholar I came across when I got into apologetics. The book I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist was one of the very first books I read that shook me out of my Agnosticism/Atheism. I recently got his book When Skeptics Ask and now finishing it up. I didn't agree with some of his Theology given I am more Reformed. Despite that, he was a great defender of the faith who was very knowledgeable of the issues and was able to convey them for the common person to understand.
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