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Over some years I’ve been slowly writing down illustrations that I thought might be helpful for sermons or evangelism that has apologetics’ thrusts.

Here’s 60 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?

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This is a round up of Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered from around the web between February 8th-15th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 110 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Were There Many Christianities? – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was God satisfied with his creation?

3.) Rules for Radicals and Question Evolution Day

4.) Stop Asking for Evidence by Jordan Ravanes

5.) Can Evolution Explain Software?

6.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #60: Bible Contradiction and the Word with the Most Definitions

7.) Demonic deception

8.)Developing Theological Tools for Biblical Counseling to Evaluate Psychological Propositions

9.) More Tall Tales from Phil: Part 4

 

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If you read this blog you know that I subscribe to Presuppositional Apologetics.  I won’t be rehearsing what Presuppositional Apologetics is but check out here for a compact definition and here for a lists of many lectures and of those many messages check out Apologetics: What Would Jesus Do? 4 Messages if you can’t decide.

From time to time I hear people say Cornelius Van Til, the father of Presuppositional Apologetics was a Postmodernist and that Presuppositionalism is Postmodernism.  This post was from a discussion I had online in another social media platform about this objection.

I don’t think this is true but I want to write a post to think through how does one deal with people bringing this objection and in general objections for other points about Christianity.

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James N. Anderson. David Hume.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a 1999 poll conducted by the British based Sunday Times the person voted as the “Greatest Scot of the Millennium” was the philosopher David Hume.  Unfortunately Hume’s philosophy wasn’t just unbiblical but many times Hume was deliberately anti-Christian.  Over the decades of evangelism, engaging in apologetics and taking courses in philosophy and religion I’ve heard people cite Hume or use argument for naturalism that came from Hume.  So who was Hume, what did he teach and what does a Christian philosophical critique of Hume looks like?  This book does an incredibly good job answering these questions.  The author James Anderson is an excellent example of a Christian scholar who engages in philosophy, theology and apologetics and here in this book he delivers the good.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the four volumes I have read (this work and the ones on Aquinas, Marx and Richard Dawkins) currently this one is my favorite one.

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John Frame.  We Are All Philosophers.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, August 28th 2019. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Everyone in some sense is a philosopher; the question is whether they are a good philosopher or a poor one.  In light of the fact that all of us encounter the big and deep questions of life Christian apologist and theologian John Frame has written this helpful work concerning Christian philosophy.  John Frame has written History of Western Philosophy and Theology which I highly recommend and in the preface of this present volume he noted that after finishing that earlier massive work he realized that he need to write another book on philosophy that would be more for the average reader.  Part of making this more accessible is this book is not only shorter but arranged topically instead of historically.  The language is simpler and I appreciate the definitions of terms after each chapter.  Although he said this book is an introduction still I think even Christians who know theology, apologetics and philosophy will benefit from it as Frame has a way of thinking through the Scripture and seeing connections between doctrines, philosophical categories and how they relate perspectivally in a way that makes you appreciate the world more and also the beauty of God’s glory.

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My dear brother Ricky W. Roldan of Urban Reformed Podcast is a blessing to me.  He recently taught a four part series over Zoom to believers in India.  This series was setup and hosted by B.O.A.T a Christian ministry in India.

I’m always glad to see Presuppositonal apologetics taught in different countries and context.  Actually I’m glad to see the Bible and the Gospel and a Biblical worldview is taught in various cultures and countries!

Here’s the series:

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Greg Bahnsen. Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview. Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, May 2020. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: American Vision

Want to read a book on what does Pesuppositional Apologetics looks like especially with its application?  This book is published by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen of a conference called Life Preparation Conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite apologists and reading this latest book made me remember all the reasons I love about Bahnsen: He was biblically driven, worldview conscious, laid out his presentation clearly and rigorous in his refutation of unbelieving worldview.

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These are the links towards the end of September from the 22nd to the 30th.

In light of everything going on even though its not Presuppositional Apologetics per se I thought I share Church of Woke vs. Church of Jesus

1.) Atheism Fails to Justify Mathematics

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart?

3.) Tulips & Honey’s “Who & What I Recommend + What I Don’t

4.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 91 – Shea Houdmann Of GotQuestions.org Interview

5.) How Not to Handle Bible Contradictions: Denying the Law of Non-Contradiction

6.) Daniel The Prophet

7.) Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea?

8.) Apologetic Methods

9.) Worldview Chaos

 

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Donation for the new Bahnsen Project.

2.)Bible Contradiction? How many of Pahathmoab, Jeshua, and Joab’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Van Til and Analogical Knowledge

4.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 90 – Tactics – Steamrollers

5.) Don’t Waste Your Bible Contradiction

6.) How To Argue For Prophecy Fulfillment

7.) Historical Science and Secular Rescuing Devices

8.) Apologetics Studio’s Response to World Mission Society Church of God

 

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There recently was a four way debate/discussion/dialogue on apologetics’ methodology.  By apologetics I mean the art and science involved with defending the faith.

This Youtube event was an event by Explain Apologetics.

I haven’t seen the discussion but I’m saving up here as post for reference.

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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2020 on Presuppositional Apologetics.

1.) Cave to the Cross: Ep. 80 – Tactics – Reservations

2.) Bible Contradiction? Can God be found through reason alone?

3.) What Criminal Trials Teach Us About Objective Moral Truth

4.) How Howe Misunderstands Presuppositionalism

5.) Does Presuppositionalism Confuse Ontology and Epistemology?

6.) Don’t Waste Your Corona Virus Summer: Read Good Christian Books!

7.) Proper Tactics Allows You Not To Have To Know Everything But You Should Be Gracious

8.) John Frame: At 80, I’m More Aware of Mystery

9.) Atheists’ Memes Refuted: KKK

10.) Dinosaurs and the Bible

 

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These links on Presuppositional apologetics or those that would be of interests for those interested in Presuppositional apologetics are gathered between July 1st-7th, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross Show: Ep. 79 – Tactics – Diplomacy Of D-Day

2.) Bible Contradiction? Are those who obey the law cursed?

3.) How the Trinity Impacts Everything: Interview with Vern Poythress

4.) Moral Duties: A Presuppositional Response to The Is-Ought Problem

5.) What Are Tactics In Apologetics? – Tacticians

6.) Starter Questions for Evangelism

7.) Principles For Evaluating Prophecy

 

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from May 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Quick Thoughts on the self attesting nature of the Bible

2.) New book by Greg Bahnsen: AGAINST ALL OPPOSITION: DEFENDING THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

3.) Angry Atheists Exterminate Reason

4.) Don’t play fetch the ball

5.) The Epistemological Spiral

6.) Bible Contradiction? Who was Salah’s father?

7.) Carnival mirror

8.) A Word on Gettier Cases

9.) Is There a God?

10.) CORNELIUS VAN TIL

 

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Here is a collection of links on Presuppositional apologetics between May 8th-14th, 2020.

1.) Bible Contradiction? Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Son of God?

2.) Interview with Eli Ayala (Revealed Apologetics)

3.) Why God is Still the Best Explanation for Objective Moral Truths (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

4.) I’ll believe in God if…

5.) Because All Idol-Based Worldviews Are Self-Refuting They Will Destroy Themselves – Truth Finders

6.) What is presuppositionalism getting at?

7.) Responses to Dr. Richard Howe’s Alleged Refutation of Presuppositional Apologetics

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Here are the links on Presuppositional apologetics from April 8th-14th, 2020!

1.) Richard Howe’s Refutation of Presuppositional Apologetics

2.) Resolving 40 Bible Contradictions from Jesus’ Final Week to His Ascension

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4.) Worldviews and Secular Morality

5.) Review: Every Believer Confident: Apologetics for the Ordinary Christian

6.) Richard Dawkins Slams Day of Prayer And Hides How an Atheist Should Respond to a Killer Virus

7.) COVID-19—a Biblical Plague?

 

 

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