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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of an unbeliever or alleged believer say they don’t like a Biblical doctrine because it isn’t “nice.”  What they go on to say is they want doctrines that are sweet, “loving” and makes them feel good inside.  How do you respond?

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I found this passage in Isaiah 48:12-16.

Here’s what the passage says:

“Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel whom I called;
I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
13 Assuredly My hand founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I call to them, they stand together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure against Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, yes I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

I think in the near future I’ll have to study this passage more in-depth as its nearly 3 AM here and its late to start looking at the Hebrew.  But some quick observations.

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Here’s a thesis for a Master’s Degree in history that Liberty University’s College of Arts and Sciences has made available titled “The New Left in American Evangelicalism.”   So much have often been focused about Evangelicalism with the political conservative movement but with the change of trajectory of the younger generation (my generation of Millennial and younger) that has made its way into the church there’s not as much focus on the roots of the New Left in American Evangelicalism.  A case can be made that there needs to be discernment and concern for the Left especially with its rise in power in the establishment and institutions in today’s society and the church in the next generation picking things up from the world uncritically.

The thesis was written by Jonathan E. Harris and was completed on August 2020 as part of his completion of his Masters’ Degree in History.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.  Mr. Harris has published another book last month in September on social justice titled “Christianity and Social Justice: Religions in Conflict.”

Here’s the abstract for the thesis:

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From time to time I hear people ask how does Presuppositional apologetics applies to other worldviews other than atheism.  Another non-Christian worldview is Hinduism.  So how does Presuppositional apologetics apply to Hinduism?  Enter Pastor Christopher P. David.

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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, 2021!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Battle Of Two Moral Standards – Ep. 144 – What About Evil? – Probing The Darkness – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

3.) A Comprehensive Critical Evaluation Review and Response of Without Excuse Chapter 2: Kurt Jaros Faith and the Natural Light of Reason How Van Tillian Anthropology Fails

4.) What is the Transcendental Argument?

5.) Rooted In Revelation Podcast: Theology And Apologetics and Ricky Roldan

6.) Why Atheists Can’t Know That 2 Apples + 2 Apples = 4 Apples…

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

70

and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two; all the people of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.” (Genesis 46:27)

All the people who descended from Jacob were seventy people, but Joseph was already in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:5)

Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.” (Deuteronomy 10:22)

75

Then Joseph sent word and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five people in all.” (Acts 7:14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it good to be foolish?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

It is good to be foolish.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

Take care that no one deceives himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18)

We are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honor!” (1 Corinthians 4:10)

It is not good to be foolish.

The boastful will not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do injustice.” (Psalm 5:5)

So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Crisis Of Secularism – Ep. 142 – What About Evil? – Theodicy And The Crisis Of Our Secular Age – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who named Beersheba?

3.) Review: The Impossibility of the Contrary by Greg Bahnsen

4.) Review of Carnell’s Introduction to Christian Apologetics

5.) Proverbs 3:5-6: A Biblical Basis for Revelational Epistemology

6.) Why Being a Presupp is Boring…

Missed the last round up?  Check out the last post

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Have you seen anyone post this on social media or other similar meme?  How does one respond as a Christian?

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The Impossibility of the Contrary by Greg Bahnsen

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

Looking for a book that teaches how to apply Presuppositional Apologetics?  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite Christian apologist and surprisingly most of his books are published after his death than when he was alive.  This latest book is published in 2021 by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen from an apologetics’ conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  One might ask why another Bahnsen book on Presuppositional apologetics?  David Bahnsen, the son of Greg Bahnsen in the Foreword said it is his favorite book by his father (vii).  Reading David saying that made me want to read the book even more.  I thought this book is worth reading even if you read older published works by Greg Bahnsen since in this volume he does cover more refutation of false worldviews than some of the other books published pre-2020 and that’s a big plus for Bahnsen fans.  Please don’t think this book is just a repetition of materials in other books (there are of course some things that are constant).  Plus I think its always good to sharpen and be reminded of how Presuppositional Apologetics works and how is it applied; I don’t think this is going to be the only time I read this book especially when it comes to discipling others in apologetics. I also think for those new to Presuppositional Apologetics this book does give readers a good intro.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who named Beersheba?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Abraham

Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.” (Genesis 21:31)

Isaac

So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.” (Genesis 26:33)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

454

the sons of Adin, 454;” (Ezra 2:15, Nehemiah 7:20)

655

the sons of Adin, 655;” (Nehemiah 7:19)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  I just recently refuted an alleged contradiction; see my “Was Enoch the sixth or the seventh from Adam?”  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to a word in the context of authorial intent.  But if one fail to recognize authorial intent, then a word in someone’s sentence can be taken out of context to mean something else so then a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Enoch the sixth or the seventh from Adam?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

He was the sixth from Adam.

When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth. 4 Then the days of Adam after he fathered Seth were eight hundred years, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 5 So all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. 6 Now Seth lived 105 years, and fathered Enosh. 7 Then Seth lived 807 years after he fathered Enosh, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 8 So all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. 9 Now Enosh lived ninety years, and fathered Kenan. 10 Then Enosh lived 815 years after he fathered Kenan, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 11 So all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. 12 Now Kenan lived seventy years, and fathered Mahalalel. 13 Then Kenan lived 840 years after he fathered Mahalalel, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 14 So all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. 15 Now Mahalalel lived sixty-five years, and fathered Jared. 16 Then Mahalalel lived 830 years after he fathered Jared, and he fathered other sons and daughters. 17 So all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died. 18 Now Jared lived 162 years, and fathered Enoch.” (Genesis 5:3-18)

Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared,” (1 Chronicles 1:1-2)

the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” (Luke 3:37-38)

He was the seventh from Adam.

It was also about these people that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord has come with many thousands of His holy ones,” (Jude 14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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I think therefore I am Akande

Here’s an opportunity to get a free E-book on the topic of Presuppositional Apologetics!

This is an e-book by Daniel Akande of Pushing the Antithesis blog.

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