Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

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  • Silver Medallion Award winner
  • Weighing in at 850 pages, the monumental work has become a standard text in the field and one of the most comprehensive single volumes on apologetics

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Challenges to Christianity come from a variety of people and belief systems, and Christians are continually searching for the appropriate responses to critics of their faith. Yet until now there has been no definitive one-volume encyclopedia designed to equip believers for Christian defense against the full range of opposing arguments.

The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics is such a work. This comprehensive reference volume covers every key issue, person, and concept related to Christian apologetics. Written entirely by leading apologist Norman Geisler, it stands as the culmination of the author's life-long career and ministry.

The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics offers valuable information and advice to a wide audience: pastors and Christian leaders, students on college campuses, those involved in counter-cult ministries—all Christians who encounter skeptics.

The author provides extensive coverage of:

  • individuals, such as Karl Marx and C. S. Lewis
  • general apologetics topics, such as the types of apologetics and the role of the Holy Spirit in apologetics
  • specific challenges, such as the relationship between science and Christianity and the reliability of the Bible
  • philosophical systems, such as nihilism and existentialism
  • philosophical concepts, such as the principle of sufficient reason and the principle of causality
  • biblical issues, such as the resurrection and the date of the exodus
  • contemporary concerns, such as the Jesus Seminar and post-modernism
  • perennial apologetic arguments, such as the problem of evil and the existence of God

The encyclopedia also features two indexes (subject and Scripture) that allow readers to easily locate the specific information they need.

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler earned his Ph.D. at Loyola University of Chicago. He is a co-founder and former dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary. Geisler is the author/co-author of some seventy books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college and graduate level for fifty years. He has been a professor at some of the top Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical and Dallas Seminary, and has been a guest at numerous other schools. Geisler has spoken in over twenty six countries on six continents. He and his wife Barbara live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. He maintains an active writing, speaking, and lecturing ministry across the country.


This is a remarkable book in both breadth and depth. I anticipate that it will often be the first reference work I turn to, and I will encourage my students to use it both for the articles and for the bibliographies.
Winfried Corduan, professor emeritus of philosophy and religion, Taylor University, Upland, Indiana