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I am in the middle of John Frame’s latest book Selected Shorter Writings Volume Two.  I have benefited immensly from Dr. Frame’s insight especially in the area of apologetics and theology.  I think he’s able to apply Cornelius Van Til’s insight more broader than Van Til was able during his lifetime.  Lord willing I would be able to finish the book sometime next week and have a review up on here.  In the chapter on the problem of evil Frame said something that I found helpful.  Speaking of God, John Frame said

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James White

Reformed Apologist Dr. James White, of Alpha & Omega Ministries have recently traveled to Spain to debate in person Rev.Dr. Thomas Norris, Priest of the Diocese of Ossory on the motion, ¨The Church would have been better off without the Reformation.¨  Revelation TV hosted this debate on April 15th, 2015.

Here’s the promotional video leading up to the debate:

Revelation TV have not loaded the two hour debate on Youtube yet but the video is available on their website.

You can access the debate by clicking HERE.

 

 

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There is no substitute for the Word of God.  As much as we share things related to apologetics, worldviews and theology, we must always give Scripture its important role in our lives.  This thought has compelled me to share more from the Word of God on here.

For the next few Sundays we will be having a series of short posts on “Hands” from the Bible.  I think when we look at hands as a motif in the Scripture and look at its use in the flow of Scripture in Redemptive History, we can learn a lot about human nature and about God.

Stay tune for this series that starts this Sunday!

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These are links gathered between April 8th-14th, 2015.

1.) Twenty Ways to Answer A Fool [14]

2.) Frontline Apologetics 

3.) PHILOSOPHY MEMES

4.) Credo Magazine: An Interview with Vern Poythress on the “Big Questions”

5.) Some Gappy Notes on Michael Rea’s World Without Design

6.) Review: Computer Science: Discovering God’s Glory in Ones and Zeros by Jonathan R. Stoddard

 

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

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Honest Evangelism Rico Tice

Last week I wrote a review for a new book on evangelism.  It was a book that I thought was unusually good so I looked up more information about it and found that the publisher have produced two trailers and an interview with the author.  I highly recommend it.

For my review of the book click HERE.

To purchase the book through Amazon click HERE.

Here are the two trailer videos:

Here is the video of the interview:

Enjoy!

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Vern PoythressThere is a free PDF of a work by New Testament Scholar Vern Poythress titled “Issues in Hermeneutical Foundations: Selected articles on hermeneutics and biblical interpretation.”  It is a collection of various articles by Poythress that appeared various theological publications.

The PDF is hosted on Westminster Bookstore and available by clicking here.

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Computer Science Discovering God's Glory in Ones and Zeros

 Jonathan R. Stoddard. Computer Science: Discovering God’s Glory in Ones and Zeros.  Phillipsburg, NJ:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2015. 28 pp.

This is an interesting booklet which argues that the foundation for Christian Science requires the Christian worldview.  The book presents a compact form of Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God from the sphere of Computer Science.  The author believes that without a God who speaks the endeavor of Computer Science would be impossible.  To make this argument the book first explore the analogous relationship between God and Computer Science and then look at two points of contact between the two with the first point focusing on computers as universal computing machines and the second point focusing on programming languages.

I appreciated the fact that the author clearly defined analogical relationship as this has been a source of tension in the past between two schools of apologetics that associate themselves with the label of Presuppositional apologetics.  Here the author defined analogical relationship as “a relationship between the two areas, but there is not a one-to-one correspondence in all areas.”  This is important since any discussion about God must acknowledge the difficulties of talking about God in light of the fact that we are finite.  As Christians we must remember to protect the Creator/Creature distinction.  Thus the author cautions how it is dangerous to describe the universe or God as a computer or even to speak of God as a faster processor, greater bandwidth, etc.  So instead of taking the expected route of staring with computers and working one’s way to God instead the author took the unconventional direction of starting with God as He has revealed Himself and then moving on to show how God gives us a better understanding of computers and computer science.  With this method we should not be surprised to find that the programmer as God’s creature is imaging God.

I appreciated the book’s strong flavor of Van Til’s apologetics.  The book quotes frequently from Vern Poythress, a former student of Van Til who himself is an amazing scholar in his own right, having written broadly from mathematics, science, language, logic and sociology.  I wished the author interacted more with those who rejected Christian theism that have written in the area of computer science and information.  It would have been nice to see a bit of a refutation of competing theories of the source of information in a secular worldview.  But to the degree that this book creatively applied Presuppositional apologetics and a Christian Reformed worldview to a sphere one typically don’t associate with theology I would say this is a book worth reading.

NOTE: This book was provided to me free by P&R Publishing and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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