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These are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between May 22nd-31st, 2018.  Enjoy!

(There’s a lot of links this time!)

1.) Greg Bahnsen and Apologetics

2.) What are some ways you share the gospel locally using Apologetics? College Campuses Evangelism

3.) Examining Hinduism

4.) Series on Logic Part 11 – Equivocation

5.) I Think, Therefore “I AM”: Van Til’s TAG

6.) Modern Science and its Christian Basis

7.) If Equality, then God

8.) You Cannot Be Neutral

9.) REPOST: SHOULD ‘PRESUPPOSITIONAL’ APOLOGETICS BE REBRANDED AS ‘COVENANT’ APOLOGETICS?

10.) Why Is There Evil In The World (And So Much Of It?…

11.) A BUNCH OF STUFF

12.) The Battle of the Brute Facts

13.) Jason Lisle: The Importance of Genesis

 

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Here’s the end of June 2017 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links gathered between June 22nd-30th, 2017.

1.) Van Til Quote: Missing the Train by a Minute

2.) Atheism is Irrational, Illogical, and Easy to Refute

3.) Relativist Fallacy: “My Truth?” From Harvest Bible Chapel Waterloo Region

4.) Subjectively Objective

5.) Evolution, Atheism, and Intolerance

6.) Frontline Apologetics May 2017 Update

7.) How Nature Works Mathematically

8.) How relationship raises the questions of religion

9.) Clearing the Apologetic Malaise | Part 1

 

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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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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 8th-14th, 2017.  Enjoy!

1.) Christian Theism as a Unit

2.) So Much Proof for God — Where Do We Start?

3.) Voddie Baucham’s Expository Apologetics Lectures!

4.) Language Itself Testifies of the Creator

5.) Cause And Consequences in the Problem of Evil

6.) God at the center

7.) Can I trust the Bible? A question of presuppositions

8.) The Apologetic Task

 

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) An Argument from Truth

2.) Philosophical Apologetics

3.) Jason Lisle’s Nuclear Strength Apologetics Lectures at Heritage Grace Community Church

4.) Apologetic Dialogue

5.) Huns and Canaanites

6.) Tom Chantry misrepresentation: John Frame’s epistemological approach as amounting to relativism?

7.) January 2017 Ministry Update: Frontline Apologetics

 

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 15th-21, 2016.

1.) Van Til’s Proposal for Apologetic Methodology

2.) “Does the Christian God Exist” Debate with Josh Sommer of The Reformed Collective

3.) Reformed Theological Seminary Charlotte Class: “The Origins and Authority of the NT Canon” Is Now Online @RTSGlobalEd

4.)  We Cannot Be Empiricists

5.) Pre-Supp Stuff

6.) No Concept, No Belief

7.) How to Handle Bible Contradictions (Presuppositional apologetics mentioned in the point that worldviews matter)

 

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 8th-14th, 2016.

1.) Greg Bahnsen: Epistemology and Ontology

2.) Van Til Quote: Antithetical Concepts of Possibility

3.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #36: Doing Math with Dice and Atheism’s Destruction of Knowledge

4.) Armchair debunkers

5.) Read Aloud: “Secular Responses to the Problem of Induction” by James Anderson

6.) What’s Your Worldview? A Broadcast with James Anderson

7.) Calvinistic Cartoons: Atheistic Diagnosis

8.) Van Til’s Critique of Barth’s Christology (Part 1)

 

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GO TO PART 35

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Point: Doctor Cornelius Van Til, the father of Presuppositional apologetics, is famous for asking the following question to those who would attack the Christian faith: “On what foundation rest the guns which he directs against the Christian position?”  Cornelius Van Til was insightful to note that the presuppositions one bring to the discussion about the truth of Christianity matters.  In fact presuppositions are very crucial.  Elsewhere Van Til said,

The issue between believers and non-believers in Christian theism cannot be settled by a direct appeal to “facts” or “laws” whose nature and significance is already agreed upon by both parties to the debate. The question is rather as to what is the final reference-point required to make the “facts” and “laws” intelligible. The question is as to what the “facts” and “laws” really are. Are they what the non-Christian methodology assumes that they are? Are they what the Christian theistic methodology presupposes they are?” (Source)

Thus “The Christian position seeks to make human experience intelligible in terms of the presupposition of God; the non-Christian position seeks to make human experience intelligible in terms of man who is conceived of as ultimate.”  Often many anti-theists and proponents of non-Christian religions that reject the sovereignty of God would believe that chance is ultimate.  Van Til believes a chance universe is self-defeating of knowlege in which chance makes everything unintelligible as he stated in a famous quote:

So hopeless and senseless a picture must be drawn of the natural man’s methodology based as it is upon the assumption that time or chance is ultimate. On his assumption his own rationality is a product of chance. On his assumption even the laws of logic which he employs are products of chance. The rationality and purpose that he may be searching for are still bound to be products of chance. So then the Christian apologist, whose position requires him to hold that Christian theism is really true and as such must be taken as the presupposition which alone makes the acquisition of knowledge in any field intelligible, must join his “friend” in his hopeless gyrations so as to point out to him that his efforts are always in vain. (Source: Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith (P&R, 1972), p. 102.)

Van Til’s own illustration in the famous quote was the following:

Suppose we think of a man made of water in an infinitely extended and bottomless ocean of water. Desiring to get out of water, he makes a ladder of water. He sets this ladder upon the water and against the water and then attempts to climb out of the water. (Source)

But I think the following illustration below would be a helpful supplement to explain why a chance ultimate universe makes knowledge irrational and unintelligible.

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John Frame is probably one of my favorite living theologians today.  He’s also someone who advocate and have made positive contribution towards Presuppositional Apologetics’ as well.

Here’s an interview with John Frame on one of his recent book on “Western Philosophy and Theology.”  This 700 page work is one of my favorite survey of philosophy from a Christian and a Presuppositionalists’ perspective.  My own review of the book can be found here: Review: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame.

Here’s the two part video in which the hosts interviewed Dr. Frame:

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This is our blog’s sixth year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview.

Here are the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics I highly recommend the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics are more for those moving beyond introduction.  Each category has one book with a brief description, a link to my review and where one can purchase the book.

For Those Moving Beyond Introduction

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame

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Description: John Frame’s work is helpful in making one become biblically conscious of theological method.  This is a good way to come to a biblical view of epistemology (theory of knowledge).  My Review can be found by clicking HERE.  Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.

 

John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 2 by John M. Frame

John Frame Selected Shorter Writings Volume Two

Description: By shorter writing this book means essays and this book is a good example of how shorter chapters can be filled with substance and be thought-provoking.  Essays on theological method, apologetics and philosophy of education for training those for ministry. My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.

For Those Wanting to Go Deeper

Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience by Peter J. Leithart

Traces of the Trinity Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience by Peter J Leithart

Description: Hands down the most interesting book I’ve read this year and I was pretty skeptical of the book in the beginning.  I have concern for Leithart’s theology in other areas but he hits it out of the ballpark in this book.  If you enjoy Van Til’s use of the Trinity to address the philosophical problems of the One and the Many, you would like this book alot.  My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Amazon.

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame

History of Western Philosophy John Frame

Description: This is a good look at the history of philosophy and how it impacts theology.  A new book this year!  My Review can be found by clicking HERE.  Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.

For Those Wanting to Gain Insight from Non-Van Tillian Presuppositionalists

In Defense of Theology by Clark Gordon

In Defense of Theology Gordon Clark

Description: I’m commited to Van Til’s apologetics but I have benefited from Gordon Clark.  This work is accessible to those who are new to Clark’s work.  My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Amazon | Also Available as E-Book from Trinity Foundation.

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I never understand the atheist game of saying they have no faith or belief.

So here’s this clip from the recent “The Existence and Attributes of GOD Debate” from the 2015 Bahnsen Conference in Southern California:

Sye handles it and someone made a short Thug Life video out of it.

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New Horizon Magazine, a publication of Orthodox Presbyterian Church, has focused on their topic on Apologetics for their February 2015 issue.  This issue is available online.

Thanks to Jeff Downs for letting me know about this.

The entire issue is available in the following formats: PDF  ePub  and  Mobi

Apologetics at Starbucks

When we think about “doing apologetics,” too often (in our circles, at least) what first comes to mind is a debate over apologetic methodology. Are we going to be presuppositionalist-covenantal or “classical”-evidentialist? As a friend of mine used to say, “We seem more concerned with sharpening and polishing our swords than with actually carrying them into the battle.”

Doing Apologetics

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The Witness Needed by a Weary World

Postmodernism is rightly critical of modernism. It recognizes that modernism is unable to account for its closed, naturalistic, materialistic worldview. Modernism’s failure may be seen in its scientism (the conviction that the scientific method is the only path to objective, public knowledge), in its rationalism (which is purportedly autonomous and anti-supernatural), and in the myth of human evolution and progress. Postmodernism does not turn to Christianity, though, to provide the preconditions that make logic, science, ethics, love, and beauty intelligible.

In its critique of modernism, postmodernism embraces irrationalism and thus commits intellectual suicide by attempting to “establish” irrationalism through rational argument. That is an internal inconsistency not unlike a Hindu monism that argues against distinctions and at the same time urges its adherents to develop good karma. So postmodernism argues against the best aspects of modernism—the affirmation of objective truth, the reliability of the senses, the importance of the use of reason, and the laws of logic—denouncing them as mere conventions concocted by society’s masters. Thus, postmodernism may rightly be seen, not as completely different from modernism, but as the logical outcome of a worldview that cannot account for itself—modernism gone to seed, in which “anything goes.” Read more

We Are Weak, but He Is Strong

When Erick and Kristyn Nieves of Reformation OPC in Queens, New York, learned they were expecting a baby in 2013, the couple was happily surprised. The Nieveses already had two daughters, ages 4 and 1, and hadn’t anticipated an addition to their family so soon.

They quickly learned the addition would be bigger than they expected. Read more

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links between October 15-21st, 2014.

Which links edified you?

1.) Twenty Ways to Answer A Fool [8]

2.) The Fabrications of Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson

3.) The Darwinian Bourne Legacy

4.) Your Character Is Just As Important to Your Apologetics As Your Logic

5.) Toward a Few Conclusory Thoughts on “Evil and the Vindication of Divine Goodness”

6.) If Evolution is True, then Truth Doesn’t Matter [An Excerpt]

7.) K. Scott Oliphint Teaches Covenantal Apologetics for Logos Mobile Ed

Last installment: Mid-October 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links Round Up

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Paul Henebury

Paul Henebury is the President of Telos Ministries & Professor at Telos Institute and is also a graduate of London Theological Seminary and Tyndale Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D).  He blogs by the name Dr. Reluctant.

He has a wonderful six part series that some of you might have read when it was featured in our regular Presuppositional apologetics round up.  Here I will post all six parts of a series called Antitheism Presupposes Theism.  It is a pretty good interaction with an atheist gadfly.

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (1)

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (2)

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (3)

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (4)

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (5)

ANTITHEISM PRESUPPOSES THEISM (6)

 

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Links on Presuppositional apologetics between November 1st-7th, 2013.  What other links did we miss?  Please share with us!

1.) Apologetic Evangelism 101: Introductory Considerations

2.) Hating Sin and Loving People is Only Possible if Christianity is True

3.) Antitheism Presupposes Theism (4)

4.) In The Same Boat or Rocking the Boat?: A snippet from a post-radio debate

5.) Evil Exists; Therefore, God Does Not?

6.) False If It Helps?

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