My first personal introduction to Dr. Geisler was on Southern seminary's campus 1980 or 1981.. He gave a lecture on Inerrancy as guest of the Conservative Resurgence fellowship on the campus ("The Southern Evangelical Fellowship" if my memory serves me well) when the resurgence was just beginning to cook... .
Indeed no theologian in the last half century has been more effective in the field of Christian apologetics and worldview dialog than Dr. Norman Geisler. In my view, he remains among the greatest evangelical apologists of our time.
Recently, I had an email exchange with Dr. Geisler. And, below are his findings on Dr. Ergun Caner.
When asked if I could publish his thoughts publicly, his response was "spread it far and wide."
Norman Geisler on Ergun Caner:
To Whom It May Concern:
“I am familiar with the slanderous charges that have been made against Dr. Ergun Caner generated by some Muslim groups and other extremists. I have looked into the matter, talking with Ergun and other principal parties at Liberty, and am convinced that the charges are libelous. I am also convinced that whatever ambiguous or misstatement that may have been made, Dr. Caner has done nothing heretical, immoral, or illegal. I stand with him against these vicious attacks. He has taken a strong stand on important issues that stir up controversy, but to my knowledge has done nothing unorthodox or malicious. I urge all to consider him innocent unless proven guilty. He has welcomed an inquiry from the Liberty authorities. Let’s await their findings. Christians have a bad habit of shooting their wounded. Let’s pray for and encourage our brother.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Norman L. Geisler
Thank you, Dr. Geisler. May our Lord use your words to encourage the Caner family.
With that, I am…
UPDATE: Of course, James White wrote his response to Dr. Geisler (//link). His very first assertion: "One is immediately struck by the incoherence of
That's right, Mr. White. Of course Norm Geisler who's taught formal logic to university students, written a textbook on logic, and been at the frontlines of Christian apologetics and worldview dialog for close to half a century couldn't make a coherent statement if he wanted to. Yes, you have his number, all right. Boy I'm going to be sorry I posted this I can tell. But not as sorry as Dr. Geisler. Yeah. Right.
White bases his conclusion on this little tidbit: "First, we are told Ergun Caner is innocent; then
we are told to wait for the findings of the inquiry."
Well, that's not quite how Dr. Geisler put, Mr. White. He said, a) he'd checked into the matter b) to his knowledge Caner was not guilty, urging all to "consider him innocent unless proven
await their findings." Hence there is not one tiny shred of incoherence in his statement.
On the other hand, Mr. White has already pronounced Caner guilty and sentenced him to death. Perhaps that's why he's a bit stuck on incoherence.