TWELVE POINTS THAT SHOW CHRISTIANITY IS TRUE: A Handbook on Defending the Christian Faith By: Norman L. Geisler
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Table of Contents
Truth About Reality is Knowable
Opposites Cannot Both be True
The Theistic God Exists
Miracles are Possible
Miracles Can Be Used to Confirm a Message from God
The New Testament Documents are Historically Reliable
In the New Testament Documents Jesus Claimed to be God
Jesus' Claim to be God was Confirmed by a Unique Set of Miracles
Jesus was Supernaturally Confirmed to be God in Human Flesh
Whatever Jesus affirmed Is True, Is True
Jesus Affirmed the Bible is the Word of God
The Bible is the Word of God and Anything Opposed to It is False
I picked this book up at Dr. Giesler's table at SES's 2016 National Conference on Christian Apologetics 2016. This book is an excellent summation of Dr. Geisler's defense of the Christian faith. He starts with "what is truth?" and builds from there. Each new step builds on the argument before. By the time you get to step twelfth point he has built a case that Jesus is God, that has been miraculously confirmed, and the Bible is God's Word. It is clearly laid out and has been the foundation of many apologists.
The book reads a bit more like a text book than your typical lay apologetics book. This isn't necessarily a bad thing since it makes the book very easy to use as a reference source. Also, at the beginning of each chapter there is an easy to read table that indicates where you are in the argument steps, a chapter outline, and a chapter summary. For the person who is looking for something a bit more lay reader friendly (but not as easily referenced) I would check out "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. It is essentially the same framework but laid out in a way that is more accessible for young people or someone who is new to apologetics.
If you have a basic grasp of Christian apologetics but are seeking a more in-depth explanation of the arguments, this is a great place to start. I have personally taught this book in our small group so the material is defiantly relevant and understandable.