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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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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 1st-7th, 2020.

1.) David Hume vs. Jesus Christ

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who was to blame for original sin?

3.) Ep. 57 – Finding Truth – I Lost My Faith At An Evangelical College – Part 2

4.) INTERACTING WITH LIGONIER’S “CHRISTIANITY AND VAN TILLIANISM” (PART 2)

5.) Atheists Are Indeed Religious

6.) Centaurs

7.) Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 6

8.) Refuting the Friendly Atheist – Questions 1-4

9.) Presuppositional Apologetics Seminar with Gene Cook on The Narrow Mind Podcast

10.) Humans Suppress The Evidence For God By Creating Idols

 

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2019.  Lots of videos this time.  Enjoy!

1.) Ep. 41 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.15 – Can Science Determine Human Values

2.) Bible Contradiction? Is it good to be happy?

3.) Atheists behaving badly

4.) Book Review: Know Why You Believe

5.) Debate: New Testament Reliability between James White and Lee Baker

6.) (Debate): Is Christianity True? Eli Ayala (Presuppositionalist) vs. Negation of P

7.) The World Benefited From Adopting The Christian Worldview That Correlates To The Ultimate Cause, God

 

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics or be interesting to those interested in Presuppositional apologetics that were gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2019!

1.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 40 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.14 – An All-Natural Morality – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who owns the earth?

3.) Dear Atheist Friends (and Other Skeptics)

4.) Does God Exist: Eli Ayala vs. Suris the Skeptic (A Spectacular Presuppositional Apologetics Debate!)

5.) Can God be wrong?

6.) TITUS 1:15, EPISTEMOLOGY, & APOLOGETICS [JUST SOME NOTES]

7.) The Problem With Well-Being Standard Is That It’s Hard To Define & It’s Subjective – Sober Skeptic

 

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 37 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.12 – Some Brush Clearing

2.) Free Master’s Thesis: A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus

3.) Reforming Apologetics (Worldview)

4.) Hitch-22

5.) Bible Contradiction? To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

6.) A conversation on Derrida, Foucault, Hume, philosophy and thelogy. P&R Great Thinkers

7.) Space Aliens and Worldviews

8.) The Question Isn’t Moral Ability But Moral Foundations – Sober Skeptic

 

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Today I want to share a thesis that was completed for a Masters of Religion that was completed over at Reformed Theological Seminary.  It was completed last year in 2018.  It is titled “A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus” and written by R. Shane Hartley.  I have found Presuppositional apologetics when properly understood and properly employed to be a very helpful and powerful apologetic.  I am also involved with college campus evangelism in which I will start back again next Lord willing (pray for me!).  So this thesis obviously caught my attention.

What is this thesis specifically about?  In his introductory paragraph to his thesis Mr. Hartley wrote the following summary:

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Point: An argument in the arsenal of Presuppositional apologetics is the Transcendental argument.  John Frame describes apologist Cornelius Van Til’s transcendental argument in the following matter with one of Van Til’s famous illustration:

The non-Christian, then, in Van Til’s famous illustration, is like a child sitting on her father’s lap, slapping his face. She could not slap him unless he supported her. Similarly, the non-Christian cannot carry out his rebellion against God unless God makes that rebellion possible. Contradicting God assumes an intelligible universe and therefore a theistic one.

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I think what follows below is another illustration in explaining Presuppositional apologetics.

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This is a fifteen part series by pastor Michael Mock teaching apologetics from a Presuppositional Apologetics (Van Tillian) perspective although there are things more than just Presuppositionalism such as counter-cult and pro-life apologetics. This originally was a Sunday Series at Cross Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) located at Fayetteville, NC. The lessons took place between June 24th to October 14th, 2018.

Here are the audio MP3s:

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I’m glad I’m the first to review this new book on Amazon!

John Frame.  Nature’s Case for God: A Brief Biblical Argument. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, December 12th 2018. 124 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Christian apologist and theologian John Frame has written this short book on a biblical natural theology.  If you have been studying theology for sometime now you might be familiar with this Reformed theologian.  I really enjoy John Frame for his discussion about theological method, apologetics methodology and the inter-relationship of doctrines and theological disciplines.  In this recent work Frame gives the topic of natural revelation a one volume treatment.

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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 50 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?

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Finally a review of this book!

Jason Lisle. The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, September 15th 2009. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book was very helpful in terms of learning Presuppositional apologetics.  The author Jason Lisle is an astrophysicist who have over the years written and taught a lot on Christian apologetics and creation.  He has done the church a great service writing this book.  How good is this book?  Before when people ask me for a recommended book on Presuppositional apologetics I recommended Greg Bahnsen’s book Always Ready.  I still recommend Greg Bahnsen’s work but now I feel I want to recommend this book by Dr. Lisle first since the author has done a good job breaking it down as simple and organized as possible.

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I have known of this individual Keith Rice for some time now, probably for nearly 15 years.  He use to run a blog on a website that once existed called Xanga.  In what follows below is his audio recording and when available the power point presentation and handouts of his lectures for his Sunday school on Presuppositional apologetics.  These were taught during the summer of 2018 at Woodland Christian Church.

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There is something called the Dunning–Kruger effect.  It is when people of low ability inaccurately believe their ability is greater than it is.  Here’s a short TED animation video about it:

I think this phenomenon in which incompetent people think they are more knowledgeable than they really are explains the behavior of some such as the troll attacking our series refuting Bible contradictions which I responded to in “Mr. Hodge’s Dodge from Proving a Bible Contradiction.”  That particular individual would assert I need to learn Greek and Hebrew while he himself doesn’t know Greek and Hebrew and somehow he failed to see my posts regularly deal with the Greek and Hebrew when it is relevant.

Although it won’t be easy to deal with an incompetent person who think they are amazing yet what can a Christian apologist do in dealing with such individuals?  Here are six principles to keep in mind.

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GO TO PART 45

Point: Some Christians engage in apologetics in a piecemeal fashion.  They give evidence here and there.  They refute an objection here and there.  They might not realize the importance of Presuppositional apologetics with its emphasis of going beyond the individual sparring of the skeptics’ objection and instead pursue refutations of the opponent’s worldview at the level of presuppositions.  How can you illustrate the importance of refuting an opponent’s worldview?

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This is a recent four part series on Apologetics from the implication of Jesus’ own apologetics in Luke 20, which is an underrated chapter in the Bible that has implication for how we do apologetics.

This series is available in MP3 and also on Youtube (sound only).  Two of the sessions have additional PDF documents as well which is also linked below.  Also if you want to start with the most practical one of these messages start with session 2.

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