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

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

by Norman L. Geisler, Patty Tunnicliffe


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Trusted Theologian Presents a Case for Christian Faith in Easy-to-Understand Language

Seminary professor and bestselling author teams with a seminary-trained apologist and teacher to give readers basic, solid evidence for the Christian faith. This book is ideal for both teens and adults. Lay leaders and teachers as well as students will be equipped to explain the basics of Christianity to unbelievers and new believers. The accessible and topically organized book is easy to understand and use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210570
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 307,855
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler (1932-2019) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He wrote nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, Christian Ethics, and Systematic Theology.

Patty Tunnicliffe (MA, Southern Evangelical Seminary) is a former public school teacher, Bible teacher, and conference speaker. She and her husband make their home in Santa Barbara, California.

Table of Contents

1 A Basic Question in Need of an Answer 7

"Why Are You a Christian?"

2 Truth 15

Challenge #1 "Real Truth Does Not Exist. 'Truth' Is Just Truth to You"

3 God (Part I) 25

Challenge #2 "God Does Not Exist"

4 God (Part II) 43

Challenge #2 "God Does Not Exist"

5 Which God? 63

Challenge #3 "If God Exists, He Isn't Necessarily the God of the Bible"

6 Miracles 79

Challenge #4 "Miracles Don't Happen"

7 The New Testament 93

Challenge #5 "The New Testament's Many Errors Make It Unreliable. It's More Like a Collection of Myths and Legends"

8 Is Jesus God? (Part I) 119

Challenge #6 "Jesus Never Claimed to Be God"

9 Is Jesus God? (Part II) 135

Challenge #7 "Jesus Didn't Prove He Is God"

10 Jesus' Resurrection 151

Challenge #8 "Jesus Did Not Rise From the Dead"

11 Other Religious Books 171

Challenge #9 "The Bible Isn't the Only True Religious Book"

12 Is Jesus the Only Way to God? 193

Challenge #10 "Christianity Is Too Narrow. There Are Many Ways to God Besides Jesus"

13 How Should the Truth Impact My Life? 211

What Does the Evidence Mean for Me?

Resources 227

Notes 231

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Reasons for Belief: Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DiscipleMom_Laura More than 1 year ago
I have always appreciated apologetics, but generally find that I quickly get lost in the logic and technical arguments. While I know what I believe and (usually) why, I'm not always good at articulating it or forming arguments to support my beliefs. When I got the opportunity to read Norman Geisler and Patty Tunnicliffe's "Reasons for Belief: Easy to Understand Answers for 10 Essential Questions," I jumped at the chance. In the past, I picked up academic books on apologetics and intelligent design and got lost in the first few pages. Reasons for Belief, however, was written for "normal" folk like me, a non-academic. Reason for Belief has kept me both interested and challenged, encouraging me to be better prepared to gently and respectfully give a reason for the hope that I have (1 Peter 3:15). While I enjoyed the whole book, my favorite chapter may be chapter 7, which addresses the possibility of errors in the New Testament. With the popularity of novels based on non-canonical books in the last few years, I've faced this question a few times. After reading Reasons for Belief, I feel I am better equipped to support the fact that the New Testament is reliable. The authors efficiently and effectively cover the number and dating of New Testament manuscripts as well as their reliability and accuracy, including historical and archaeological authenticity. Additionally, Geisler and Tunnicliffe tell the story of Dr Simon Greenleaf, founder of Harvard Law School. Christian students challenged the skeptic to apply his own "Rules of Evidence" for the courtroom to the resurrection of Jesus. Surprisingly, Greenleaf became a believer because he concluded that the New Testament writers were telling the truth. In chapter nine, the authors fascinated me with the story of Dr. Peter Stoner, a professor who tasked his students with calculating the odds that one man could fill just eight of the biblical prophecies. "When it was finished, Stoner took the estimates and rounded down the numbers," say Geisler and Tunnicliffe. "The odds of one man fulfilling just eight of these prophecies: 1 in 10 to the 17th power." To bring it closer to home, Stoner gave an illustration of covering the state of Texas two feet deep with silver dollars, marking one coin, and then asking a blindfolded man to find that one coin. Wow! The authors go on to relate Stoner's calculations of one man fulfilling forty-eight out of sixty of the biblical prophecies. Readers will find it fascinating. I appreciate the honest, easy-to-follow answers that Geisler and Tunnicliffe provide in Reasons for Belief. Even a non-academic person like me can follow the clear and careful arguments they set forth. This is one book I plan to keep handy, with highlighter and sticky notes in hand, so I can refer to it as often as needed. I give it five out of five stars.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
To those who ask, “Who is Norman Geisler?” some have suggested,“Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you’re not too far off.” Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author (over 80 books!), veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. His latest book, Reasons for Belief came out this February. Geisler’s book begins with a question, “Why are you a Christian?” Has anyone ever ask you this? It’ s a fair question. If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you’re bound to hear a critic say that Christians “don’t know what they believe;” or worse, you’ll hear that Christians don’t know “why” they believe what they do. This new book by Norman Geisler is an easy, step by step guide that walks the reader through some of the most basic tenants of the faith. The author begins by addressing the idea of relativism and that there is no universal truth, he then goes on to argue the existence of God, the various “paths” to God, miracles, the infallibility of the scriptures, Jesus’ Lordship and his Resurrection. Anyone looking for a basic apologetic book, this is it, it’s barely over 200 pages and it’s very easy to follow. Despite Geisler’s education and degrees, this book is not written for the academic.  Plus, the book isn’t all facts and bible verses either, the author has scattered interesting stories throughout to help illustrate his points. This is certainly a book I wold have in my church library and would recommend time and time again to Christians seeking answers. Thank you to Bethany House for a review copy for a fair and honest review.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
REASONS FOR BELIEF Easy-to-Understand Answers to 10 Essential Questions By Norman L. Geisler & Patty Tunnicliffe Do you know what you believe, and why? This book offers challenges that are given about the Bible and also gives the answers to those challenges. Challenges like, “Real truth does not exist.” – “God does not exist.”- “Miracles don’t happen.” - The New Testament has many errors making it unreliable.” – “Jesus never claimed to be God.” – “Jesus didn’t prove He was God.” – “The Bible isn’t the only true religious book.” and other questions that some people ask us, trying to trip us up and change our beliefs. In my opinion, the answers given in this book are very reliable and Biblical sound, backed by Bible scripture, using other historical writing and references. This book is packed with information that can be useful in the daily contact with unbelievers and believers. Use it to defend your faith, you will have access to the answers with this book. The book would make a great gift for believers and unbelievers, also would be a good addition to your library and make a good book for discussion or Bible study groups. This review is my own opinion. Unlike other books on this blog, I purchased this book and did not receive it from any publisher. Just wanted to share the contents and information to all who are interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so thrilled to find this resource and the wealth of previously unknown facts that it includes. All verifiable! From a true student of the Bible.
HRCL More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, well documented and easy to follow. If you are looking for an easy to understand apologetics resource this may be for you. Charlie
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ToriPeterson More than 1 year ago
::My Thoughts:: Reasons for Belief answers some very good questions that we may or may not ask ourselves daily. And if we haven't asked ourselves some of these questions you will be asked these questions: How can you know God exists? How can you be sure Jesus is the Son of God? Why should you trust the Bible? Who made God? Why are you a Christian? As Christians we are sound in our religion, we are sound in God. And yet when these questions are posed to us sometimes we can find ourselves stumbling for answers. As the years go on the Bible and God are questioned more and more. There are many other religions in the world and people want to know why our religion? This is just the book for you whether you are looking for the right ways to answer those questions, or if you just want to delve deeper into these questions yourself to get a better grip on Christianity. The book is set up in very clear sections guiding the reader through 10 challenges, such as: 1. "Real truth does not exist. 'Truth' is just truth to you." 2. "God does not exist." 3. "If God exists, he isn't necessarily the God of the Bible." 4. "Miracles don't happen." 5. "The New Testament's many errors make it unreliable. It's more like a collection of myths and legends." 6. "Jesus never claimed to be God." 7. "Jesus didn't prove he is God." 8. "Jesus did not rise from the dead." 9. "The Bible isn't the only true religious book." 10. "Christianity is too narrow. There are many ways to God besides Jesus." Following the challenges are evidential explanations that will help you get a better understanding, or way to defend these questions if they are posed to you. This is by far one of the easiest to understand apologetic books I have read thus far. It would be great for a new believer, or anyone looking to defend your faith. In this constantly changing world of ours we find ourselves defending our faith more and more. This is just the book to help you do that while giving you a deeper understanding yourself, and becoming closer to God as you find these answers. At the end of each chapter are sections going over what the reader learned which is a nice touch to the book. All in all I would definitely recommend this to any believer or non-believer who wants to know more about Christianity. It's sharp, to the point, easy to understand, and shows clear evidence that one can't even begin to argue with. A must read. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  Reason's for Belief by Dr. Norman Geisler and Mrs. Tunnicliffe is a book I am very blessed to own.  Dr. Geisler starts this book with the most critical of questions, "Why are you a Christian?" This is the question we most need to know how to answer.  All apologetics will come into play as we answer this question. And this is a question we are all being asked often, in many different ways. "So, do you believe that, about the Bible? Why?" "How do you know that Jesus really died...and rose from the dead?"       Reason's for Belief is dedicated to helping us form a defense for Christianity in our own minds and then give this defense to others, as 1 Peter 3:15 commands.  The words we use, "evidence" "Truth" and "give a defense"  are courtroom terms...and the claims of Christ are on trial.      This book moves logically through ten questions. Evidence is presented, facts are evaluated. As we investigate, God's Fingerprints are found to be all over both the Universe and Holy Scripture, and they match the fingerprints of his Son, Jesus of Nazareth.     In this book, we explore the difference between anti-theism, deism, pantheism, and Theism, and then the differences between the three major Theistic religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.      We learn about the reliability of the New Testament, and the preservation of these eyewitness accounts.      Then we look into the words and life of Jesus- did this Man claim plainly to be God? Yes. And...was He? Yes. The answer is Yes.      There are wonderful charts in this book that illustrate ideas for us. One of my favorites was If God Came, What Would We Expect? This chart compared what we would expect with what we found in Jesus Christ.  We would expect God to come into this world differently. He did. Jesus was born of a Virgin.  We would expect Him to have power over disease and death. Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead.  We would expect Him to have eternal, lasting influence. Jesus has changed the world. Splitting Time itself into BC and AD, offering Salvation to men. We look at The Cross, and we see a Man who truly died. He did not swoon or faint. He bled and wept and gasped and died. And He was wrapped in linen cloths laid in the Tomb.  And then we read about the Resurrection. Testified to by the Scriptures, and Proclaimed by the men who saw the Living Lord, the Resurrection happened in a space time moment in History and was carefully recorded in New Testament documents. We can believe it.  And Believing in the One who was resurrected, we can be Saved.  There is a fine chart that compares the Life of Jesus with the Life of other religious leaders. Jesus is the Sinless Man, the Man who healed and restored with His miracles, the Man who fulfilled specific prophecy, and the Man who died and Lives again.  He is God in Flesh, and the Only Way to Heaven and fellowship with God.     The end of this book helps us write out our defense of Christianity and practice presenting it, testifying before a curious world what reasons we have for belief.      So why I am I Christian? I am a Christian because God is, and He is not silent. He created us, and we know it. We live in an incredibly designed world that reduces men to gasps of wonder and whispers of prayer when they view a human baby and a whirl of the Milky Way.  The DNA you are living with right now is the information this God wrote to design your life and body. You are, as C S Lewis said, a Vast and Complex Universe of Wonder.   And you are not just a body, awesome as it is. As Mr. Lewis said, You are a Soul, You have a Body. You know God made you, you know you will answer to Him. You live with a moral code in you that He programmed.  God is Holy, Perfect in Righteousness, Creator of a perfect world where His Good Will was done.  We rebelled and now seek darkness instead of Light.  We have fallen into sin, beginning with Adam and Eve. We live now in a cursed, painful, broken world of rebels against a Holy God.  That is not the last word, however.  Through His Son, who came to earth and died on the Cross, bearing our sins in His body, and rising from the grave alive, we can be forgiven of our sins and born again into the family of God. Scripture is our witness of these things and is the Word of God. Jesus is a Real Man, not an idea or a system, a Living Man more real than I am. And someday the world will be restored and the Knowledge of the Glory of God will cover the earth like the waters cover the sea.  I will be leaving a wide margin on what I just wrote, because LORD willing I will grow in wisdom and knowledge and find clearer ways of expressing these truths. I am grateful to Mrs. Tunnicliffe and Dr. Geisler for stimulating this discussion. The recommended sites in the appendix include Hugh Ross's Old Earth website, which I do not endorse.  I am a stalwart YEC.  I received this book from Bethany House.