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Links around the web related to Presuppositional apologetics.  Most interesting is the first one concerning Gordon Clark and Cornelius Van Til’s reconciliation towards the end of their life.  Very interesting.

1.) Clark, Van Til and their Common Savior

2.) New E-Book: Defeating Relativism, Subjectivism, and Self-Refuting Statements

3.)  Veritas Domain Face Book Page!

4.) Atheists Have No Business Suing over Marriage (or Anything)

5.) Paul Kurtz: Will he be missed?

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Earlier this fall the Christian apologist James White had a tour in London engaging in a lot of debates and teaching concerning Christian apologetics concerning Islam.  One of the debates was on the topic of whether Jesus was crucified, which video done by the Muslim Debate Initiative is featured here.

Don’t forget to check out James White’s other debate on whether the Bible prophecied about Muhammed here.  For those interested in our blog’s small feeble attempt at providing resources on Christian apologetics addressing Islam with this summer’s marathon series on Islam, click here.

 

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Apologetics Professor MARK FARNHAM of Calvary Baptist Seminary has written a seven part series on God’s Word in Human Hands that in Van Tillian in it’s approach to apologetics.

You can check them out here:

1.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 1: How Epistemological Failure Leads to Accommodation of Critical Biblical Scholarship

2.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 2: A Look At the Bible Through the Lens of Critical Biblical Scholarship

3.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 3: The Epistemological Basis of Kenton Sparks’ Proposal

4.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 4: The Inadequacy of Practical Realism as a Christian Epistemology

5.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 5: How Epistemology Affects Ontology and Why It Matters

6.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 6: Cornelius Van Til and Revelational Epistemology Correctly Understood

7.) God’s Word in Human Hands, Part 7: Conclusion

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I did enjoy this commentary. For readers who are unaware, Fitzmyer is a Roman Catholic but I did not find his tradition really coming out (for instance, his interaction of the word “saints” in Philemon is interpreted to refer to believers in general, not SAINTS, and he did not have any further discussion about that point of saints and SAINTS). In the past I have used various commentaries from this series and I think this volume is one of the better ones (there are some whacky ones in this series). I read this work primarily for my exegetical preparation for preaching, so in terms of it’s usefulness for the exegete I thought that this work was worthwhile in terms of the materials for the readers to interact with, though I feel that there was more that Fitzmyer could have said. By saying that this work is worthwhile, I do not mean that I agree with every interpretative decision made by the author, only that they were not outrageous or out of bounds where he landed. From time to time there were historical, lexical, grammatical and syntactical insights that I gained about the Greek text from reading Fitzmyer, that I didn’t not see on my own.

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Some additional links from this month around the web on Presuppositional apologetics.

1.) Self-refuting Statements: Agile and Deft Defenses by Relativists

2.) The Character of Miracle Witness.

3.) Truth and Models of Composition.

4.) New & Innovative Apologetics eBook: Defeating Relativism, Subjectivism, and Self-Refuting Statements.

5.) Introduction to Worldviews.

6.) American Vision Apologetics Promo.

7.) A Problem of Logic for Joe Biden and the Pro-Abortion Religious Left.

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To begin with a personal note, many years ago the author was the pastor of the current church I am ministering at now, though I only heard him preach once when he came back to visit. This short book was adapted from a sermon that the author preached and the book is written with the lay reader in mind. Basics such as why the topic of baptism is important, a short account of types of baptism in the New Testament, a summary of the word study of “baptize” and why the author believes in believer’s baptism by immersion is given here. Author does tackle the topic of the relationship with baptism and salvation, and I appreciate his remark that one ought to begin with the epistles to explain the narrative passages given that the epistles function largely to explain the doctrines of the faith and is prescriptive rather than descriptive (that is not to say there is no example for us in narrative portion of Scripture, but must be done in consideration of the prescriptive [imperatives and prohibition] passages in the Bible). There is an appendix of Charles Spurgeon’s sermon against Baptismal regeneration, which I appreciate and I am one who is growing to appreciate a lot more of the writing by dead men. With what little I have read of Spurgeon, I’m surprise how that Victorian English preacher from the past can speak to us still today– during those moments when I do come across Charles Spurgeon’s written sermon, I wished he asked me what I want so I can reply, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit.”

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These lectures are free and made available through Monergism.com!  They focus on the Christian theology of God Himself (that is, what they call Theology Proper).  Download them and be blessed!

Introduction to Theology Proper – Lecture 1 (MP3)

The Existence & Being of God – Lecture 2 (MP3)

The Knowability & Incomprehensibility of God – Lecture 3 (MP3)

The Spirituality of God – Lecture 4 (MP3)

The Names of God – Lecture 5 (MP3)

Introduction to God’s Attributes – Lecture 6 (MP3)

The Incommunicable Attributes – Lecture 7 (MP3)

God’s Immutability & Knowledge – Lecture 8 (MP3)

God’s Wisdom & Holiness – Lecture 9 (MP3)

God’s Holiness & Righteousness – Lecture 10 (MP3)

God’s Goodness & Righteousness – Lecture 11 (MP3)

God’s Goodness & Love – Lecture 12 (MP3)

God’s Grace & Mercy – Lecture 13 (MP3)

God’s Longsuffering & Truth – Lecture 14 (MP3)

The Trinity (1) – Lecture 15 (MP3)

The Trinity (2) – Lecture 16 (MP3)

Predestination (1) – Lecture 17 (MP3)

Predestination (2) – Lecture 18 (MP3)

God’s Sovereign Will & Power – Lecture 19 (MP3)

Providence (1) – Lecture 20 (MP3)

Providence (2) – Lecture 21 (MP3)

Angels & Devils – Lecture 22 (MP3)

 

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