Norman Geisler, Christian Apologist, Author, and Theologian, Dies at 86

Apologist, prolific author, and theology professor Norman Geisler has passed away at age 86, about two months after he retired from Southern Evangelical Seminary over undisclosed health issues.

The Norman Geisler Ministry Page on Facebook announced Monday that he died peacefully earlier that morning, twenty days shy of his 87th birthday.

“He has left behind an amazing legacy that will continue to have a ripple effect for many years to come,” they stated. “We will be sending you further details today as to where the funeral will be and it will be open to the public.”

In the announcement, the ministry also asked for prayers for Geisler’s family, noting that funeral services will be held on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Born on July 21, 1932 in Warren, Michigan, Geisler graduated from Wheaton College in 1958 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, received a master’s in theology from Wheaton Graduate School in 1960, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago in 1970.

Geisler often participated in academic debates and wrote extensively on topics like creation and evolution, humanistic ethics, sexual morality, and the existence of God.

“Norm has authored or co-authored over 100 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years,” noted an entry on his website.

“He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary.”

In 1992, Geisler co-founded Southern Evangelical Seminary along with evangelist and former Calvary Church pastor Ross Rhoads, who passed away in 2017.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski