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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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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

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

The two Marys

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.” (Matthew 28:1)

And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.” (Matthew 28:9)

Mary Magdalene

Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons.” (Mark 16:9)

But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” (John 20:11-14)

Cleopas and another

And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was [a]about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You [b]the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” 19 And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. 22 But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” 25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary for the [c]Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning [d]with Moses and [e]with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. 28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day [f]is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from [g]their sight.” (Luke 24:13-31)

Cephas

and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:4-5)

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

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 8th-14th, 2019.

1.) Introductory Video To Presuppositional Apologetics

2.) Co-hosting AfterThought Podcast on Bible Contradictions

3.) Apologetics Conference – The relevance of Genesis with Tim Chaffey

4.) Historical Evidence for Jesus Christ: Jewish and Roman Material (non-biblical sources)

5.) Apologetics Lectures: 2019 Summer Mini-Series

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How To Be An Atheist – Ch.11 – If God Is Dead, Is Everything Permissible?

 

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This is a three part mini-series lectures on Apologetics.  They are more like apologetics’ sustainment training, kind of like refresher and retention training with Martial Arts.  For more systematic and foundational lectures on apologetics I recommend  our popular post, “Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures

Still these three lectures are helpful:

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I’m excited to share this!  Lauren of Afterthought podcast have posted her latest episode over at her blog:

She invited me to be on her to show to talk about the topic of responding to alleged Bible contradictions!  The approach we took for the show is to make this as practical as possible for discussion with real people and not just theoretical.  We discussed how its important to understand the definition of an alleged Bible contradiction, then looked at some examples of alleged Bible contradictions and frequent types of mistakes people make when they claimed an alleged Bible contradictions.  We also went over various analogies and illustrations of real life examples where the skeptics’ reasoning is problematic for every day life if they are to use their reasoning against the Bible.

You can check out the podcast and listen to it on Podbean here.  If you want the show in other format check out this link such as Google Play, ITunes, etc.

Drop us a comment here of what you think of the discussion!

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics or links that those interested in Presuppositional apologetics would be interested in that have been gathered from September 1st-7th, 2019.

1.) Want to Write a Guest Posts for Our Blog for Fall 2019?

2.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 35 – Jason Lisle Interview – Keeping Faith In An Age Of Reason

3.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #52: Defining Contradiction and Dalmatian

4.) Reblogged: Answering Atheists with Dr. Jason Lisle (Pure Talk Interview)

5.) How To Answer The Fool

6.) Bible Contradiction? How many women came to the sepulchre?

7.) Moral without God

8.) Pushing The Antithesis – Part 6 – Worldviews in Collision

9.) FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 283 Sir David Attenborough (Featured artist is Ellen Gallagher)

10.) Jason Lisle On How To Use Presuppositional Apologetics Appropriately – Interview

11.) The Unity of Knowledge

12.) Do We Use Evidence In Apologetics?

 

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GO TO PART 51

 

Point: I had to write down this analogy that I discussed in a podcast at Biblical Beginnings that is going to come out next week.  Sometimes when one engage in evangelism and apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction.   What I found helpful is to ask the skeptic to define what is a contradiction as the foundation for the direction of any further discussion of whether or not there’s a Bible contradiction.  Here’s the definition I give for “contradiction:”

A contradiction occurs when two or more claims conflict with one another so that they cannot simultaneously be true in the same sense and at the same time.  To put it another way, a Bible contradiction exists when there are claims within the Bible that are mutually exclusive in the same sense and at the same time.

 Are there illustrations to help us think more critically and accurately of when there’s a contradiction and when there’s an apparent contradiction (that is, they really are not a contradiction)?

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