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These are the Blackwell Companions to theology (free to view),

Blackwell Companion to the Theologians. 2 Vols. Ed. Ian S. Markham. John Wiley and Sons, 2009.

Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology. S. Gareth J. Jones, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

Blackwell Companion to Political Theology. Ed. Peter Scott, William T. Cavanaugh. Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology. Graham Ward, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2001.

Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought. Alister E. McGrath, Duncan Forrester, eds. Wiley-Blackwell, 1995.

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When I was still very new to Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics, I attempted to read John Frame’s Apologetics to the Glory of God but eventually stopped because it seem to deviate from Van Til’s apologetics in some key areas.  In addition, there were names of Christians Frame mentioned who were strangers to me.  It seemed back then as if Frame was boxing some shadowy unknown interlocutors, whom he assume his readers were aware of.   Some years later, I finally re-read John Frame’s introduction to apologetics, and can now say I appreciate what Frame is trying to say.  The names are no longer a mystery though Frame should properly introduce them!

Early in the book, Frame warns in his preface that some Van Tillian will see his work as “revisionist”.  I do agree that Frame is in some sense a revisionist Van Tillian, notably with his acceptance of the traditional arguments.  In his criticism of the Transcendental argument (69-72), of how the Transcendental argument need additional arguments to support its premises with arguments of the traditional forms, I was disappointed that he didn’t interact more with Van Til’s concept of the “impossibility of the contrary”.  Published in 1994, Frame even made reference in the book to his former student and colleague Greg Bahnsen but did not interact with what he has to say.  Bahnsen (who was still alive at this point) has been one of the chief proponent of the “impossibility of the contrary” argument.  Unlike others who have critiqued Van Til (Clark, Sproul and company, etc), Frame actually understands Van Til and doesn’t misrepresent him, which makes his work more valuable for those who wish to strengthen Van Til’s apologetics.  Frame’s criticism of Van Til is fairly constructive.  In fact, Frame strikes me as a good example of a godly apologist who is humble and charitable, something that can be a short supply among apologists in general.  In the book, he expressed his disagreement with Jay Adam’s take on the problem of evil in The Great Demonstration, yet Frame included in the appendix of his work Adam’s response to Frame.  Christians who desire to engage in apologetics have a good Christian example to follow in John Frame.

Frame has the best summary I have ever read of Van Til’s argument of the One and the Many, and the Trinity as the solution to the dialectical problem of monism/pluralism, continuity/discontinuity in philosophy (46-50).  He explained it better than Van Til!  This has some influence then with perspectivalism.  John Frame’s perspectivalism (different fields and spheres as perspectives, which are inter-related with each other) is evident throughout this work.  While I am aware that there is some caution of some Van Tillian toward this as Frame’s revision, I do think the incipient form of perspectivalism in Van Til’s work. I am in general agreement with Frame’s overall effort to demonstrate the rational coherent inter-dependability of the various aspects of Christianity.  While perspectival argument can be distinct from the transcendental argument (Frame’s perspectivalism has influenced me: I think the two broad form of arguments are inter-related!), a perspectival form of argument is also a valuable tool in the apologists arsenal, especially in the defense of Christian doctrines as an entire inter-related system.

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In light of my entry, “Will pro-choice advocates denounce the murder of James Pouillon?, I thought revisit a topic in the aftermath of George Tiller’s murder.

I have exposed here at https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/frank-schaeffer-is-responsible-for-tiller/ of the internally twisted logic used by Franky Schaeffer in a piece he has written against Pro-lifers and his Father Francis Schaeffer, where he charged them with contributing to the murder of Abortion doctor George Tiller.

With the tragic murder of Pro-life grassroot advoate Jim Pouillon, it helps illuminates the hate-filled rhethorics and incoherent reasoning of anti-Pro-lifers such as Franky Schaeffer, and see how his own logic can be turned against him.

Below is a paraody of what Schaeffer SHOULD write, and its a massive copy from Frank’s own words, when we apply his reasoning in the Tiller’s case to the Pouillon’s case, and “conclude” with his line of reasoning, that “Franky Schaeffer contributed to Jim Pouillon’s murder”

*NOTE- I have also been observing Franky Schaeffer’s disturbing trend and reporting on this blog since 2007, these can be found here: https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/?s=frank+schaeffer

My fellow cronies and I share the blame (with many others) for the murder of Jim Pouillon the pro-lifer gunned down on Friday. I am both a leader of the anti-Pro-life movement and a part of the hate machine against the Conservative prolife movement masquerading as the moderate Leftist’s conscience of America.

I have continued blogging with an atmosphere of discontempt towards those who are prolife and religious, that they are a full-blown American fascists, dysfunctional and truly dangerous — not to mention armed — darkest reaches of our country, psychological sickness that is the basis of the Religious right’s power to delude other people who are also needy and unstable who are America’s rogue’s gallery of mean-spirited, even sadistic, cranks. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/max-blumenthal-vs-the-far_b_278800.html).

I have even followed up with a book that those who hate the ‘right wing’ made into a New York Times best seller. For instance Max Blumenthal’s Republican Gomorrah–Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party drew heavily from my book, which I recommended to Read the book and then “to fight like hell to keep Republicans out of power come what may” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/max-blumenthal-vs-the-far_b_278800.html).

Like many writers of moral/political/religious theories  I would have been shocked that someone took us at our word, and pulled the trigger on an anti-abortionist. But even if the murderer never read  my words we helped create the climate that made this murder likely to happen.

Hyperbole from the media and blogs from leaders against religious conservatives , be it from me or President Obama’s former pastor the Rev. Wright, is par for the course. But once in a while someone “does something” about it and then everyone says that they were only speaking metaphorically or “spiritually” when they called for violence from hell.

Angry speech has become the norm in my circle, with the left. Words are spoken which — when taken seriously — lead directly to violence by the unhinged and/or the truly committed.

When advocates on Huffington Post call Pro-life religious folks a full-blown American fascists, dysfunctional and truly dangerous — not to mention armed — darkest reaches of our country, psychological sickness that is the basis of the Religious right’s power to delude other people who are also needy and unstable who are America’srogue’s gallery of mean-spirited, even sadistic, cranks and, echoing the common pro-choice argument, someone who is invading my rights and controlling my life, the logical conclusion is violence. If you take these words literally you might pull the trigger to “make America safe” and/or free us from Fascism or to even protect us from — what some “rights” leaders claim — simple folks Christian prolifers as “dictators”.

Contributing to an extreme and sometimes violent climate has been the fault of the abortion crusaders.

Take away the hate filled adjectives and immature anti-Conservative political cartoons and everything changes emotionally.

The same hate machine I am a part of is still attacking all anti-abortionists as evil dictators of the American way of life.And today once again the Leftists leaders are busy ducking their personal responsibility for people acting on their words. The people who stir up the fringe never take responsibility.  They just find a convenient abortion (pun intended). But I’d like to say on this day after a man was murdered in cold blood for preforming the murder that I — and the people I worked with , all contributed to this killing by our foolish and incendiary words.

Furthermore, I have created the first murder in my heart, by hating.

But the reason this issue will never go away is that the Roe ruling was an over broad court decision that makes abortion legal even in the last weeks of pregnancy.

I am very sorry.

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James Pouillon, a Prolife advocate, was murdered yesterday

Doesn’t seem like the news make this as big as the murder of George Tiller

The story can be found here: http://www.lifenews.com/state4410.html

Also from a local newspaper, an article was written: http://www.freep.com/article/20090911/NEWS06/90911020/1319/Pro-life-activist-shot-dead-near-Owosso-High

Will Pro-choice advocates denounce the murder of James Pouillon, like pro-life advocate denounce the murder of George Tiller?  Only time will tell.

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Over at Trinity Foundation, the latest Trinity Review feature an article by their founder John Robbins, who is now with the LORD.

He was at one time, Ron Paul’s Chief of Staff.  It is a stimulating read and relevant to the debate of Obama’s health care today.

The Ethics and Economics of Health Care

John W. Robbins

http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=266

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I hope the Christian community can keep on praying for Rifqa Bary, a Muslim girl who converted to Christianity and is now in fear for her life, of her Muslim father.

Pray that God will protect her, that God will give strength and wisdom to the lawyers, and the judge to make the right decision.

The next trial is set for September 29th.

This document is interesting, as it discusses about the link of the father’s mosque to extremists: http://www.jihadwatch.org/Noor%20Memo%20of%20Law.pdf

The same document has her testimony of how she became a Christian, and her side of the story as it is given in legal written testimony:

15. I became a Christian on Friday, November 18, 2005 at the Korean United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio;

16. I hid my Christian faith from my parents as best as I could and had to sneak around to attend Christian campus meetings. I also hid my Bible at home in various locations;

17. In about 2007 my father discovered a copy of a book entitled the “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren that I hid in my bedroom. My father had a serious talk with me about the importance of retaining the Islamic blood line in my family but I did not tell him about my conversion;

18. In June of 2009 my father confronted me with several questions about whether I had become a Christian, whether I was baptized, ifl was going to a church. Out of fear I remained silent;

19. Then my father told me that he received numerous e-mails and phone calls from the leaders of the Noor Center community who informed him that he needed to deal with this matter immediately;

20. In a fit of anger that I had never seen before in my life, he picked up my lap top, waived it over my head as if to strike me with it and said “If you have this Jesus in your heart, you are dead to me! You are no longer my daughter.” I continued to remain silent and then he said to me even more angry than before, “I will kill you! Tell me the truth!”

21. On July 17, 2009, my mother confronted me about another Christian book she discovered that I had hid in my bedroom. She had just spoken with my father was on the phone who was out of town. She was very upset, in tears, and almost grieving and told me I was going to have to be sent back to Sri Lanka to be dealt with.

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Some recent resources

1.) Panel – N.T. Wright and the Doctrine of Justification
  • By Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Dr. Denny Burk, Dr. Tom Schreiner, Dr. Mark Seifrid, Dr. Brian Vickers

LINK: http://www.sbts.edu/resources/chapel/chapel-fall-2009/panel-nt-wright-and-the-doctrine-of-justification-2/

2.) Blog- Wright Wednesdays

  • By Dr. Michael Horton

Part I: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/component/option,com_wordpress/Itemid,39/p,60

Part III: http://www.whitehorseinn.org/component/option,com_wordpress/Itemid,39/p,94

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