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This is a lecture series by Professor Brian Rickett on the topic of Presuppositional apologetics for the Forty-Fourth Annual William N. Paschal Memorial Bible Lectures held on October 14 and October 16, 2014 that was hosted by the Baptist Missionary Association (BMA) Theological Seminary.  Rickett is a capable teacher specializing in the Old Testament and also Presuppositional apologetics.

The messages have just been made available over at Sermon Audio.  You can download the lectures of this four part series below:

1.) Apologetics and the Contemporary Setting

2.) Biblical/Historical Justification for Apologetics

3.) Worldview and the Apologetics Tool Box

4.) Presuppositional Praxis: Applied Apologetics

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This is an unpublished “book” by the famed Reformed apologist Cornelius Van Til that was put together by Monergism.com!

AVAILABLE IN EPUB, MOBI AND .PDF FORMATS

Here’s the website description:

In treating of Evil in relation to Theodicy it is quite impossible to leave out of consideration metaphysics and epistemology. The views of sin will vary as the conceptions of God and man vary. If we view God as infinite, eternal, and immutable in His being, intelligence, and will, and man his organic creation, if we accept the supernatural, grant the need of special revelation, accept the fact of special revelation and the fall of man, we must needs also come to the Biblical view of sin with redemption and restoration. If on the other hand we deny these premises, we must begin with man and experience as we find them, and construct our own views as to the nature of God and man and therefore also of sin, and we come to a fundamentally different theory of Theodicy.

We have accordingly two main theories of evil and two kinds of theodicy. The one is the product of a system of thought that bows before the authority of supernatural revelation and studies the phenomena of experience in the light of the Scriptures. The other is the product of the philosopher who also views the phenomena of experience but feels that it devolves upon him as a rational creature to give an account of things to himself, and that he is able to do so. This may lead him to skepticism or phenomenalism but he will not seek aid from supernatural revelation. “The philosopher as philosopher and irrespectively of his attitude toward the Christian faith, approaches a question as if there were no truth which claimed to be revealed. For him the plan of the world may or may not have been divinely disclosed to man; it awaits discovery or interpretation through the exercise of reason.”

Here’s the table of content:

Part 1—Philosophy

Introduction

Epistemological Basis

Greek Philosophy—Plato

Aristotle

Stoicism And Epicureanism

Philo

Plotinus

Modern Philosophy

Descartes

Spinoza

Locke And Empiricism

Berkeley And Hume

Leibniz

Kant

Hegel

F. R. Tennant

Conclusion

Part 2—Theological

Augustine

Augustine

Mediaeval Scholasticism And Mysticism

Calvin And The Reformation

Lutheranism

Arminianism

Schleiermacher And Müller

Neo-Calvinism

Bavinck

God Is His Own Theodicy

Bibliography

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93937f90-4da4-11e4-bc62-59ace697a417_common-ext-entryHere are the Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between October 8th-14th, 2014.

1.) Twenty Ways to Answer A Fool [7]

2.) Does the God of Christian Theism Exist? Justin Schieber v. Ignacio Reyes: A Van Tillian Evaluation

3.) Irrational skepticism forum: Steve Hays’ posts compilation

4.) Video: Apologetics’ Tactics In Light of Total Depravity

5.) Vern Poythress’ Why Philosophy Matters for Christians

Last week: Early October 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics Links Round up!

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10615550_575758019237170_1175529523489041358_nJeff Durbin of Apologia Radio (and Apologia Church) team up with Vocab Malone (Host of Backpack Radio) to debate two atheists on the question: Debate: Which makes more sense, Christianity or Atheism?

Apologia Church has just loaded this debate on their Youtube account.

You can watch the debate in the two Youtube videos below:

 

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Christian apologetics and apologetics’ methodology must take into account the reality of Total Depravity.  Much more could be said beyond the video but this might be a place to start in terms of thinking about presenting evidence in light of one’s listeners’ presupposition and sin.

Can we say a Reformed apologist is a Reformed apologist if they are naively presenting evidence without being wise in how they go about presenting evidence?

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Here are links gathered between October 1st-7th, 2014.  Lots of links this time around!

1.) TMS Chapel Video: The Ultimate Proof of Creation

2.) Hard Truths For Theistic Evolutionists [1]

3.) New Book: “The Reason God Must Exist: The Assured Argument for God’s Existence”

4.) What is the Role of an Apologist in the Church?

5.) The Trinity and the Vindication of Christian Paradox

6.) Steve Hay’s “Russian dolls

7.) Why Literature Matters: Some Presuppositional Considerations (Pt.3)

8.) Van Til’s Enigmatic Doctrine of Analogy

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Last installment: Third Week of September 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics Round Up

 

 

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links from the World Wide Web that was posted between September 22nd-30th, 2014.

1.) MANGLO blogs on Jason Lisle: The Ultimate Proof for Biblical Creation

2.) Twenty Ways to Answer the Fool [6]

3.) “FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE:” Why Communism catches the attention of young people but never comes through!!!

4.)God Created the Universe: Non-directed Evolution is More than Implausible

5.) How do we go about determining truth and knowledge? Classical problems with no earthly answers.

6.) Why We Talk About Circularity

7.) Jason Lisle’s lecture: Math And Numbers… Another Example Of How Awesome Our God Is

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