I did not trip upon Norman Geisler long ago. It was late 2014 when I inadvertently met Norman Geisler on the internet. It was accidental because I did not go to the internet to look for him. Instead, I had been watching intellectual debates and scouring for Christian literature when I bumped into him. This was the time when my hankering for Christian Apologetics had began to go stratospheric, and I was busy on the internet trying to adorn myself with everything that intellectually bolsters my worldview. So Geisler was one of the first people I encountered. Others were Ravi Zacharias, the late Nabeel Qureshi, Alvin Plantinga, John Njoroge, Michael Licona, Lee Strobel, and Gary Herbamas among others. This is the quest that landed me at the feet of Professor Norman Geisler. I watched several of his videos, read sundry of his literature, and I still do.
Norman Geisler passed on today, July 1, 2019, at the age of 86.
Geisler was a born again Christian, a prolific author and a philosopher. He was an erudite academic with a legacy that will likely endure for centuries to come.
He influenced and taught who is who in Christian academia – Ravi Zacharias, Frank Turek, William Lane Craig. I am happy that I happened to grab some of his books, and watch his videos when he was still alive – When Skeptics ask, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist and The Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation. I hope to read more books from this great man.
In his books, Geisler addresses many of the questions and accusations levelled against the Christian Worldview, and he does it in humility and yet rationally. It is hard to shoot Geisler’s argument down.
The Church of Jesus Christ needs people like Norman Geisler as much as it needs Billy Graham, Kwame Bediako, Jesse Mugambi, Mary Slessor, Jon Curson, Gladys Aylward, Betsey Stockton, Darlene Zschech, Mahalia Jackson, among others.
Though I never met him, Norman Geisler still inspired me. He influenced my thinking. He sharpened my intellects. I believe many Christians have found and will continue to find his lustrous legacy enriching.
Together with the great professor of Philosophy, I say,
“So I cast my lot with him-not the one who claimed wisdom, Confucius; or the one who claimed enlightenment, Buddha; or the one who claimed to be a prophet, Muhammad, but with the one who claimed to be God in human flesh.”
Rest in His bosom Prof.