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This is a book I can give a hearty recommendation for!

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While Bahnsen’s “Always Ready” has been read widely than perhaps any of his other works, I think this current volume by Bahnsen is much more superior to “Always Ready” and recommended as the first work to read as an introduction to Bahnsen’s work.  The book was “lost” for several decades, originally written by the author as a chapter to another book.  The project became big enough to be a separate volume!  It is incredible to think that he wrote this as a young man in his mid-twenties.  I have met people who have thought “Always Ready” was too repetitive and disjointed, and while I myself have not found that to be true, it is certainly understandable since it was put together after his death from a collection of Bahnsen’s writing.  The work heavily emphasizes the theme of God’s self-attesting Word more than “Always Ready” did, and I think rightly so.  I think this theme of God’s self-attestation needs to be foundational to Presuppositional Apologetics, lest the rest of the endeavor not make sense.  In light of some debate on the internet concerning the Transcendental Argument, I think any revisit of Bahnsen’s formulation should consider the role of the self-attestation of God’s truth in Bahnsen’s understanding of Presuppositionalim.  One the unique aspect of this book is not only it’s positive statement of Presuppositionalism, but also it’s critique of other “Presuppositionalism.”  In particular, he critiques Gordon Clark, and this is the most lengthy critique I’ve seen in print from a Van Tillian vantage point.  I think it is the best work done by a Van Tillian in this regard.  Also interesting read is his critique of Francis Schaeffer.  With each individuals, he considers their strengths and citation which shows where they agree with Van Til.  Then he proceeds to go over significant disagreement.  Excellent work, highly recommended.

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