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Many years ago as a young Christian I wanted to purchase this lecture series. So the fact that this is now available for free is a treat.

But let’s back up. A few months ago our blog mentioned that all of Apologist Greg Bahnsen’s MP3 Lectures now free for download!

He’s my favorite apologist and has shaped me in so many ways.  He’s one of my role models with his example of scholarship, intellect, boldness to defend the faith, his desire to be biblical and also his pastoral heart.  And everything he did was so intense.

Here is a quick bio of Bahnsen:

Greg L. Bahnsen, (1948-1995), was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the theory of knowledge. He previously received the B.A. (magna cum laude, philosophy) from Westmont College, and then simultaneously earned the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Bahnsen lectured to a broad range of evangelical Christian groups at many colleges and conferences. He was an experienced apologist and debater, a clear and cogent teacher of the Christian worldview who was devoted to training believers in understanding and applying the Christian faith to every area of life. He published numerous scholarly articles, a number of well-known books, and has over 1,500 recorded lectures and sermons.

Among those 1,500 lectures Bahnsen taught a four part series titled “Answer to Frame’s Critique of Cornelius Van Til.” It was just loaded this month on July 7th!

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Copy cat skeptic annotated Bible

Having written posts on answering Bible contradictions for some years now (see my ) I have noticed a phenomenon online: Online skeptics who claim to be free thinkers have a serious copy-and-paste problem.
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Here are the links related to Presuppositonal Apologetics gathered from July 15th-21st, 2021.

1.)  Cave to the Cross’Jesus Is God – Ep. 133 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – God With Us – Part 2

2.) Rooted In Revelation Podcast: How Old Testament Directs Our Philosophy Of Evidence

3.) The Transcendental Argument from Conceptual Inadequacy

4.) The First 7 Mp3s of our Posts concerning methods dealing with Bible Contradictions

5.) Evolutionists Defame Creationists as White Supremacists

6.) Bible Contradiction? How did Saul die?

7.) Answering another Catholic apologist

8.) Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: Epistemology – Part 5

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

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Session 29: The Wrath of God

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the wrath of God.

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Philosophy of Evidence OT

I was recently interviewed for Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here).  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

What was the topic? How Old Testament Directs Our Philosophy Of Evidence.  Basically its a discussion about apologetics, apologetics’ methodology, the Old Testament, Biblical Theology, Messianic Prophecy and how we evaluate evidences.

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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2021 on Presuppositional Apologetics/Presuppositionalism or subject matters that would be of interests to those who are into Presuppositional apologetics.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Who Is Jesus? – Ep. 132 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – God With Us – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How should the Ammonites be treated?

3.) No Truth, No Science

4.) Talk: The Christian Worldview Project on the Topic of Purgatory (An exegetical and theological system approach)

5.) What The Future Of Apologetics Looks Like According To An Old Testament Professor

6.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #65: Three Little Pigs and Apologetics’ Methodology

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8.) Issues in Biblical Anthropology by Owen Strachan: The Master’s Seminary 2021 Winter Elective

9.) Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Session 28: Righteousness of God Part 2: Forensic Justification by God’s grace alone

Review: Last session we defined and demonstrated that God is righteous and we also explored what that means for our lives. We often think of God’s righteousness as God treating the righteous righteously and punish the unrighteous.  But there is a third way that God’s righteousness is expressed and that God’s work of forensic justification of sinners.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore what is the doctrine of forensic justification followed by three reasons why we need the forensic justification of God and also explore some implications

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Point: Presuppositional apologetics is really a worldview apologetics that among other things, analyzes the foundational beliefs of those who challenge the Christian worldview.  In other words, Presuppositionalists engages in an internal critique against an opponent’s presuppositions to show how they cannot provide the “solid foundation” to make human experiences intelligible and meaningful.  Sometimes people might not understand what the presuppositionalists is doing so an illustration is in order.

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Here’s the early 2021 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links gathered between July 1st-7th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Old Testament Christianity – Ep. 131 – Interview With A Pastor – Dr. Tiberius Rata

2.) Bible Contradiction? Have Christians been raised with Christ?

3.) The Final Reference Point of All Predication

4.) Does Presuppositional Apologetics’ impossibility of the contrary mean that we need to analyze every worldview?

5.) Review: By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til

6.) Reforming Apologetics (Wrap-Up)

7.) Creating A God Who Doesn’t Exist

8.) Calvinism and Art: Abraham Kuyper’s “Lectures on Calvinism”

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Righteousness of God Part 1: Definition and Proofs

Purpose: Define and demonstrate that God is righteous follow by exploring its implications for our lives.

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By What Standard An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til

Rousas John Rushdoony. By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til.  Vallecito, CA: Chalcedon Foundation, August 28, 2012.  216 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a book-length introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics?  If so this book might be for you!  Even if you are a season apologetics that skillfully employ Presuppositional Apologetics this book is still a good resource to read to remind, retain and at times sharpen one’s knowledge of Presuppositional Apologetics as taught by Cornelius Van Til.

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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 as my personal recommended series.

I want to deal with a question that was asked in an apologetics group on another social media platform:

Someone please remind me, why is it that when we argue for the existence of God from the impossibility of the contrary, that we don’t actually need to analyze every worldview

Here’s my thoughts:

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Here’s the end of June 2021 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links gathered between June 22nd-30th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Way, Truth, & Life – Ep. 130 – Why Should I Believe Christianity? – God Is Not Silent – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Is it OK to covet?

3.) Empathy is Arbitrary, Inconsistent, & Irrational for Atheists

4.) The Ultimate Proof of Creation Discussion Guide by Veritas Domain

5.) Evolutionary Infighting and Creation Science

7.) Do Christians Commit the Fallacy of Special Pleading?

8.) Free PDF Apologetics’ Dissertation: Humanity’s Capacity to Apprehend Aesthetic Value as an Argument for God’s Existence

9.) Reforming Apologetics (The Book of Nature and Apologetics)

10.) The Purpose of the Transcendental Argument for God

11.) Critical Race Theory & Intersectionality with Dr. Josh Buice

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “Humanity’s Capacity to Apprehend Aesthetic Value as an Argument for God’s Existence.”   I imagine this would be a treat and food for thought for those into apologetics, theology and philosophy.  I myself am fascinated with how our thinking ability shows there is the existence of God; or rather, because God is, we know we can think, reason, etc.

The dissertation was written by Walter Davis and was completed on March 2017 as part of his completion of his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.

Here’s an abstract:

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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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Holiness of God Part 2: God’s Infinite Moral Purity

Purpose: Define and demonstrate that God’s infinite moral purity is a Biblical teaching followed by its inter-relationship with other doctrines and implications for our lives.

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