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

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

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is divided into introductory and intermediate level. Each work will have a link to my fuller review and also links to where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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This is our blog’s seventh 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 and want something introductory 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.  I divided this between booklets and book with a brief description for each title, a link to my review and also where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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I realize Christmas is a long ways off but let me explain why I’m posting this now.  As a pastor I buy many Christian books for people as gifts for Christmas.  We spend more during the month of December than any month of the year.  Pastors don’t necessarily have a high salary.  But someone with a pastoral heart would want their congregation to grow spiritually using all available means including introducing good spiritual readings to the lives entrusted to their care.  It’s good to foster personal devotions of a church member outside of Sunday service.  But it doesn’t help that there’s also a lot of bad selections in “Christian books” that’s not theologically solid.  So how does one find good solid Christian books on the cheap for the many people in your lives?  While I have pastors in mind with this post I think this is helpful for all of God’s people as well.  Here’s what I do:

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Why were the Angels rejoicing?

Luke 2:10-13

 

Establish the need:  Some people get really grumpy this time of the year; they feel obligated to get gifts.  They are stressed out wanting to find the right gifts for others.  There is long lines everywhere.  But we must ask why on the first Christmas were the Angels rejoicing?

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is [e]Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [f]manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

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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

The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God John Frame cover

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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Christmas gift on defocused lights background This is the fifth year on our blog in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics and the Christian worldview.  When I first began this I didn’t think it would be that popular. Here are the past years’ recommendation:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is below.  Each category has one book with a brief description, a link to my review and links to purchase the book.

For Nonbelievers

What’s Your Worldview? by James N. Anderson

What's Your Worldview James Anderson Description: Dr. Anderson has written a book with a “Choose Your Own adventure” format that is great for non-Christians! My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

For Discipleship

Christian Answers to Hard Questions (9 Booklet Set)

Christian Answers to Hard Questions Description: Booklet series that is perfect for discipleship discussion! Video interviews and links to my review of individual books can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster 

For Beginners

Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith by Greg L. Bahnsen

Bahnsen Always Ready Description: Many think this is the best introduction to Presuppositional apologetics! My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

For Intermediate and Advance Students

The Doctrine of the Christian Life (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame

Doctrine of Christian Life John Frame Description: I feel many discussion in apologetics’ today touches on the area of ethics.  This book is more than helpful! My Review can be found by clicking HERE.   Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

For Those Who Probably Have Every Book on Presuppositional Apologetics

The Doctrine of the Christian Life (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame

John Frame's Selected Shorter Writings Volume 1 Description: A more recent book that is probably not as well known at this time.  Good collection of essays from John Frame! My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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In light of the fact that Black Friday was yesterday I thought I add a few more books to that lists of books I recommend if you are looking for gifts for those who are curious about Presuppositional apologetics or getting more into it.  Of course, if it’s someone who is intensely into Van Til’s apologetics, it doesn’t hurt to ask whether or not they have it already.

Here are a few that I think I can recommend with links to my review:

1.) Christian Apologetics by Dr. Cornelius Van Til

Christian Apologetics

Note: For some reason I really enjoyed the format of this book more than Van Til’s Defending the Faith.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

2.) Pushing the Antithesis

Pushing the Antithesis

Note: Found this helpful for apologetics discipleship with the format though not without concern (see comment section of the review).

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

3.) Persuasion

Persuasions A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief Wilson

Note: Good sketches of what apologetics and evangelism conversation with a Van Tillian bent looks like with different folks.

Purchase: Amazon

4.) 

Schaeffer on the Christian Life

Note: This spiritual biography is authored by a professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.  A good devotional and spiritual read for an apologist, to keep one’s life spiritually balance and not just “head knowledge.”

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

5.) 

Unfolding Mystery Edmund Clowney

Note: 25th Anniversary edition.  I think it’s important for Presuppositionalists to also really know their Scriptures and their Old Testament Messianic prophecies pointing towards Jesus Christ.  If one claims to be driven by Scripture in apologetics (where the Word sets the framework for apologetics) I think it’s also important to know how the Old Testament prophesied about Jesus as the Messiah.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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