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Master College Evangelism SocietyOver at The Master’s College they have a campus club called Evangelism Society.  According to their own description of themselves online:

The Evangelism Society is one of many societies at The Master’s College and consists of students who seek to grow in their understanding of the gospel, apologetics, and evangelism by holding fast to the inerrant Word of God and obeying, by His grace.

Last week they have begun loading some short videos on Youtube concerning motives for evangelism and Presuppositional apologetics.  Here are the two videos below:

Enjoy!

 

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics posted on the World Wide Web between January 15th-21st, 2015.  Enjoy!

1.) Blog Series Annoucement: Worldview Dilemmas in the Movies and Comics

2.) Arguments from Authority

3.) Charles Darwin, Creationist at Heart?

4.) The Denial of the Wrong God

5.) My First Online Presuppositional Debate (SEP 2013; Transcript)

6.) Moral opinions

A friend’s re-blog of the last installment: Mid-January 2015 Presuppostional Apologetics’ Links

 

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 8th-14th, 2014.

1.)Seeing the Powerful Patterns of Evidence for the Exodus

2.) Sam Harris, The Poser “Neuroscientist”

3.) “Would Bricks Spinning in a Dryer for Billions of Years all of a Sudden Feel Empathy?”

4.) The futility of atheist outrage

5.) Have you read the Quran?

Mirror site of our Last Installment: Early January 2015 Van Tillian Links

 

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links between January 1st-7th, 2014.

1.) Rage Against the Machine

2.) Even With all the Time in the World – Monkeys typing aimlessly Results in No Shakespeare

3.) Comic: Four Blind Men are Walking When they Come Upon an Elephant

4.) Reformed Theologians on Innate Knowledge of God

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6.) You are my sunshine, my only sunshine

7.) Pardon Me, Your Presuppositions Are Showing | Answers in Genesis

Mirror site of our Last Installment: Late December 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

 

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics gathered between December 21st-31st, 2014.

1.) My Concerns with Popular, Christian Worldview Apologetics

2.) Bill Nye’s New Book ‘Undeniable’ Denied

3.) Apologetics for the Average Christian: Saying “I Don’t Know”

4.) God’s Sovereignty Over Man’s Mind: A Look At Daniel 1-5 (Pt.1)

5.) Pushing the Antithesis – Book Review

6.) Atheism, consequentialism, and torture

7.) How Can I Know The Bible Is True?

Last installment (mirror site)

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John Frame. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1987. 402 pp.

According to the author this book was completed in December 1984 (382).  I finished this book thirty years after it was written on December 2014 and I would say that it is a work that is more relevant than ever.  This book is an exploration of a Biblical view of knowledge and specifically the pursuit of the knowledge of God.  John Frame does a masterful job showing us how Scripture’s teachings have bearing towards a Christian theory of knowledge.  Frame does caution early in the book that this work is more theological rather than philosophical but I think this is the book’s strength in that Frame is driven by a high view of God’s Word in his construction of a distinctively Christian view of knowledge.

This is the first volume in Frame’s four book “Theology of Lordship” series.  It so happened that I completed John Frame’s Doctrine of the Christian Life first, which is actually Frame’s third volume and I found that some of the materials on perspectivalism wasn’t necessarily new when I read this present volume.  Of course, the Doctrine of the Knowledge of God lays the foundation for the other volume in this series in that it articulate, explain and defend the concept that knowledge is perspectival; that is, there are aspects to knowledge that are inter-dependent though distinctions could be made.  Specifically, Frame sees a triade that there is a normative, situational and existential side of knowledge.  Throughout the book this triade is mentioned again and again and Frame shows its usefulness in theology, apologetics and philosophy.  I found it useful as a template in identifying people’s reductionistic fallacy when they assume only one perspective is right over and against the other.  Frame’s perspectivalism is also useful as a tool to make one conscious of being balanced and well rounded when one approach theology and philosophy.

The book is divided into three parts with part one focusing on the objects of knowledge, the second part on the justification of knowledge and the third on the method of knowledge.  I enjoyed part two’s discussion of various traditional epistemology followed by Frame’s identification of their problem.  This is helpful in equipping a Christian apologist to know how to refute bad epistemologies.  But I also appreciate John Frame’s direction in the second chapter of part two of the book in constructing a positive justification of knowledge.

Other parts of the book that I really enjoyed include Frame’s discussion about anti-abstractionism in which he defends the notion that abstraction is not necessarily a bad thing in of itself and that we can’t help but to think abstractly in various degrees whenever we think or communicate.  I also appreciate John Frame sharing his perspective on Reformed Epistemology which Frame devote an appendix of good length to the issue by means of a book review.  I also enjoyed the book’s discussion of the laws of logic and how the laws of logic ought to be thought of as a subset of ethics.  Frame’s discussion about the human faculty involved in the process of knowing must not be missed.  I was pleasantly surprised to find how holistic John Frame was in that he even discussed the qualification of a theologian!  Sanctification is important in the knowledge of God and vice versa!

As it is typical of John Frame’s work, I found the book to be extremely helpful and every page to be stimulating and thought provoking.  Frame’s work often make me think of theological methods and makes me more aware of my own method and the method of others in arriving at a theological position.  Typical of other work by Frame is that I enjoyed reading this book and enjoyed God in the process—his work often leads me to worship God!  It is not a dry systematic theology book, as I found the book to be quite a good devotional as well.  This book is also good for those who have read a lot of introductory materials on Presuppositional apologetics and would like to expand more indepth Christian epistemology from a Van Tillian perspective.  I highly recommend this work.

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These are links on Presuppositional Apologetics between December 15th-21st, 2014.

1.) CSI Apologetics

2.) God Fearing Apologetics

3.) Ridley Scott is Wrong: There is interesting evidence for Moses and the Exodus

4.) Psycho Assertionism and the Modern Schizophrenic Epistemic Epidemic

5.) Does Van Tillianism Lead to the Federal Vision?

Mirror site of Last Installment: Mid-December 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics’ Links

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