Author-apologist Geisler passes after illness

Monday, July 1, 2019
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Norman Geisler and quoteChristian apologist and author Dr. Norman Geisler has passed away just months after retiring for health reasons. He was 86.

His death was announced by his ministry page on Facebook.

Geisler, a Michigan native, graduated from Wheaton College in 1958, and later obtained a master’s in theology from Wheaton and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University, The Christian Post reported. 

Ministry leader Frank Turek got to know Dr. Norman Geisler in the 1990s when they began working together at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Turek, Frank (Christian author)"It was a small school, so we got to know Dr. Geisler very well; and he gave me an opportunity to present with him and we wrote a couple of books together. One is called Legislating Morality back in 1998, and then we wrote the book I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist in 2004 …. He wrote or co-wrote near 100 books. He's written more books than most people have read."

"William Lane Craig [one of Geisler's former students] is probably the best debater for Christianity in the past 30 or so years, and there are several others he's taught as well. So it's with sadness but also with I think a certain sense of satisfaction that it was a life well-lived with regard to defending the faith …."

"[Dr. Geisler is] the reason I got into apologetics."

Dr. Frank Turek
Author, speaker, radio host
Cross Examined
(during interview on American Family Radio)

Geisler would later co-found Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES), though he may be best known for his writings, debates and lectures on creation and evolution, human sexuality, biblical inerrancy, and the existence of God.

Among his books are If God, Why Evil?, When Skeptics Ask, and I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, co-authored with apologist Frank Turek. 

Dr. Richard Land, the current president of SES, tells OneNewsNow a "spiritual giant" walked among the staff and students on the campus. 

Land, Dr. Richard (SBC, ERLC)Land first learned about Dr. Geisler in the '70s, while attending seminary, and it was always exciting, he says, when a new article was published, or a new book was released, that defended the Christian faith in a "powerful and articulate" way. 

"For us," says Land, "Dr. Geisler's latest defense of the faith was like a long drink of cool water in the midst of what was too often an arid and bare theological landscape." 

Dr. Geisler should also be remembered as the "guiding force" behind the International Council on Biblical Innerancy, Land adds. 

SES announced in April that Geisler was stepping down from his teaching position due to health reasons.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Dr. Richard Land and Dr. Frank Turek.

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