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First off thanks to Jeff Downs for letting me know about these lectures!

Westminster Theological Seminary have these “Seminary on Saturday” series and during April 2017 they had their professor of Apologetics Dr. Scott Oliphint teach.  For those of you who didn’t know Westminster Theological Seminary is the seminary where Cornelius Van Til taught at many years ago who was the founder of Presuppositional apologetics.  Christians must be informed by the Bible in how they do apologetics and that’s one of the plus of this method (among other things).

These lectures took place at Covenant Church in Nashville, TN.

Here are the lectures:

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Last Saturday I posted Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion.  This was a debate between Christian apologist James White and a Joe Ventilacion defender of the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.  I thought Dr. James White did a good job.  I followed up that post with my own critique of one of Joe Ventilacion’s argument titled “Argument against the Trinity? Joe Ventilacion on the death of Christ.”  In this post I want to look at another of Mr. Ventilacion’s argument focusing on the Greek word Θεόν.

Ventilacion said:

So we cornered him on the Θεόν because he cannot deny that he had a book written about the Θεόν.  He said of the Θεόν that the Θεόν is describing the Almighty God, the Yahweh the Creator of all things.

(Minute 51:28 onwards)

And:

What did Dr. James White say about the Θεόν? He said that the Θεόν the Almighty God, the Yahweh, the Creator of all things.  So if John 1:1 the Θεόν the Almighty God where do you place the  Logos?  Where would you put the Logos?  The Logos is not the Almighty God.

(Minute 52:39 onwards)

Here’s my thoughts.

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John Frame. The Doctrine of the Word of God.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 1st 2010. 684 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This is the final volume in John Frame’s “A Theology of Lordship” series.  I recommend all four volumes.  In this volume theologian John Frame focus on a theology of the Bible. Readers who are familiar with his other works would appreciate the same rigor and clarity in the way Frame argues that is both sound and creative.  Frame is truly one of the most sophisticated and philosophical defender of the classical Protestant Conservative view of the Bible.

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Yesterday I posted Who Is God? Trinity Debate: Dr. James White vs Bro. Joe Ventilacion.  This was a debate between Christian apologist James White and a defender of the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.  Iglesia ni Cristo denies the deity of Christ.

I want to address one of the arguments that Joe Ventilacion threw out there during his opening presentation for his anti-Trinitarian position.  He bases his argument from 1 Timothy 1:17 which states:

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

From this verse’s statement that God is immortal this is what Ventilacion argues around the 59:30 minute mark:

When Christ died, did God die?  And if he were to say that the second person only died but not the first and third persons, so for three days your Trinity is incomplete!  Because two are alive and one is dead.  So how would you call that?  How would you call that?  Is it a Trinity or is it a ‘Two-inity?’  It’s up to you to make that decision.  But he has an incomplete God for the three days that Jesus died.  Why did Jesus die?  Because Jesus is not the God of the Bible.

Despite Joe Ventilacion’s smirk and laughter from the audience from Iglesia ni Cristo members in the audience to the question of “When Christ died, did God die?” it is not as strong of an argument against the Trinity as they think it is.

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Here are links related to the subject of Presuppositional apologetics gathered online between April 15th-21st, 2017.

1.) The Trinity is the Foundation for Math, Unity, and Truth

2.) Creation, the Resurrection, and Evidence

3.) The Trinity: The Potent Truth Many Ignore

4.) Calvinist Cartoon: Conflict and Resolution

5.) What’s presuppositionalism?

6.) Reconnect Podcast Show: Presuppositions and Evidence in Christian Apologetics

7.) CORNELIUS VAN TIL RUINED AMERICA? A RESPONSE TO MOLLY WORTHEN

8.) Book Review: Making Sense of God by Tim Keller 

9.) Divine hiddenness and evil

10.) Confronting The Myth Of Neutrality

11.) Calvinist Cartoon: Wasting Time

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

 

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This was a debate from last night that was streamed live on Youtube between Christian apologist James White and Joe Ventilacion.  Joe is advocating for the cult Iglesia ni Cristo.

Here’s the debate:

Here’s the description:

Dr. James White of Alpha & Omega Ministries debates Bro. Joe Ventilacion of Iglesia ni Cristo, moderated by Dale Bartcher of Family Heritage Alliance. Dr. White defends the affirmative: “The Bible teaches that within the one Being that is God there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Bro. Joe Ventilacion argues the negative. This event is held in Rapid City, SD, in the Best Western Ramkota Convention Center at 6PM MST, on April 21st, 2017. This event was arranged and coordinated by the ministry of South Dakota Apologetics.

I plan to watch this after Sunday service.

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A bit of a delay in posting this installment of the round up of Presuppositional apologetics’ links given our series last week.  Here it is!

Here are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered between April 8th-14th, 2017.

1.) Cornelius Van Til Quote on Circular Reasoning?

2.) A Conservative Evangelical Response to Molly Worthen’s “The Evangelical Roots of our Post-Truth Society”

3.) A Lesson Learned

4.) A Selection of Presuppositional Arguments

5.) Removing the roof


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend
 OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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