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I’m especially excited to present our annual Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional apologetics and Van Til’s apologetics.  That is because this is our blog’s eleventh 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 first two books we recommend this year along with the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is listed below.  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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James N. Anderson. David Hume.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a 1999 poll conducted by the British based Sunday Times the person voted as the “Greatest Scot of the Millennium” was the philosopher David Hume.  Unfortunately Hume’s philosophy wasn’t just unbiblical but many times Hume was deliberately anti-Christian.  Over the decades of evangelism, engaging in apologetics and taking courses in philosophy and religion I’ve heard people cite Hume or use argument for naturalism that came from Hume.  So who was Hume, what did he teach and what does a Christian philosophical critique of Hume looks like?  This book does an incredibly good job answering these questions.  The author James Anderson is an excellent example of a Christian scholar who engages in philosophy, theology and apologetics and here in this book he delivers the good.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the four volumes I have read (this work and the ones on Aquinas, Marx and Richard Dawkins) currently this one is my favorite one.


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James Anderson. Why Should I Believe Christianity?.  Ross-Shire, UK: Christian Focus Publications, July 20th 2016. 240 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Looking for an apologetics’ book on why believe in Christianity that would be biblically sound in its doctrine and also clear and reasonable in its worldview analysis?  This book might be for you.  Written by a professor of philosophy and theology and Christian Apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary this book presents arguments and reasoning from someone that is quite capable and qualified to discuss the veracity of the Christian worldview.  I also like how the author’s presentation is shaped by Presuppositional apologetics!


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This is a lecture by James Anderson.  James Anderson is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy with Reformed Theological Seminary.  He’s also written on apologetics, philosophy and the Christian worldview in academic circles and also books for a popular audience.

Here is a lecture he delivered in 2018.

Here’s the video below:


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Dr. James Anderson is a Christian philosopher and Presuppositional apologist and Reformed theologian.  Dr. Anderson some years ago has written an essay titled “”Secular Responses to the Problem of Induction.  Recently Anderson’s essay has been read aloud and available on Youtube.  One can listen to them below:

If you want to read this essay in written form you can also access it here.


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between August 1st-7th, 2016.

1.) A Fresh Defense of the Faith: The Laws of Logic and God

2.) Review: Muether’s biography of Van Til

3.) Atheism, Amoralism, and Arationalism

4.) “For good people to do evil things, that takes religion”

5.) Swine Low Sweet Bacon Biscuits

6.) God Exists and You Know It: The Proof


Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics that was online from March 1

1.) God must be back of everything

2.) Why You Should Believe Atheism is Impossible

3.) Postmodern Poem




6.) Stinkin’ Thinkin’: No absolutes and math?

7.) Video: What’s Your Worldview? By James Anderson at Ligonier 2016 National Conference

8.) Reformed Forum Interview: Christian-Theistic Evidences


Miss our previous round up?  Here’s a link to a friend’s reblog of the last round up!

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Dr. James Anderson is a Christian theologian, philosopher and apologist who teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary.  I appreciate the fact that he’s a Presuppositionalists and has written many scholarly journal articles in addition to his wonderful interactive book  which I have reviewed on this blog in the past.

I was glad to hear that Ligonier Ministries has given him the opportunity to speak at their 2016 National Conference.  This is wonderful and somewhat of a surprised for myself, given how RC Sproul doesn’t necessarily think highly of Presuppositional apologetics.

Below is the video of Dr. Anderson’s presentation.  It is under 20 minutes in duration so worth the watch.

If you enjoyed it, again I would recommend you to consider his book “.”

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The blog True Forms (http://trueforms.wordpress.com) used to have a popular post titled “Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures” that was heavily promoted on Social Media.  Unfortunately the blog owner has recently deleted his blog account.  Which is unfortunate if you are looking for great lectures on Presuppositional apologetics online.

I’ve been digging around online to reconstruct that original list.  I have also decided to post the listing with further expansion of other lectures!  This is a work in progress.

Feel free to share this on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.

Also if there are more resources that you feel should be included on here, please let us know in the comment box.

Camden Bucey
1. Defending the Faith

Shane Kastler
1. Expositional Apologetics

Fred Butler
1. Apologetics Evangelism 101

Jonathan Harris
1. Apologetics Sunday School Class 2011

Brian Rickett
1. Presuppositional Apologetics 2014 Paschal Lectures by Brian Rickett (Videos)

Jason Lisle
1. Nuclear Strength Apologetics Lectures at Heritage Grace Community Church

2. Jason Lisle “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” Lecture at The Master’s Seminary

3. The Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Men’s Conference): Jason Lisle


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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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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics gathered from July 8th-14th, 2014.

1.) Clearing the Presuppositional Malaise

2.) Theological Memeology: Don’t Push ‘Religion’ on Me!


4.) The Biblical Basis for Presuppositional Apologetics

5.) Biblical Apologetics: Exegetical and Theological

6.) Militant Atheist Peter Boghossian Wants to Reprogram Christians into Atheists: Reeducation Camps is His Solution to Religion

7.) Book Recommendation: What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson

Last Week’s: Early July 2014 Presuppositional Apologetics Round Up

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God's Work of Providence 2014

Been meaning to post this online earlier but haven’t had the chance until now.

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary had their annual Spring Conference on the topic of Providence and the MP3 audios to the Conference are now available online:

 Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation Dr. James E. McGoldrick 

Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil by Benjamin Shaw

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God's Work of Providence 2014

The last two years I’ve enjoyed listening to the entire audios from the Spring Conference of  Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on topics that non-Presbyterians would also benefit from.  In 2012 the conference was on Old Princeton from Greenville Seminary 2012 Conference and in 2013 it was on a Biblical doctrine of Man.

This year’s theme is on God’s Works of Providence in which they will be examining what providence is and such topics as its relation to evil, sin, suffering, and prayer.

Here’s the schedule:

are unable to attend the entire conference.

Tuesday : March 11

9:00 – 10:00 The Flow of the Psalms Part 1 (Dr. O. Palmer  Robertson)

10:15 – 11:15 The Flow of the Psalms Part 2 (Dr. O. Palmer Robertson)

11:15 – 12:15 Prospective Student Luncheon at GPTS

11:00 – 1:00 Registration Table Open at Grace Baptist Church

1:00 – 1:15 Conference Welcome and Announcements

1:15 – 2:30
  • Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation
  • Dr. James McGoldrick
  • Professor of Church History at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

3:00 – 4:15
  • Just a Lot of Noise: Providence & the Problem of Evil
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw
  • Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

4:15 – 4:45 Question and Answer

4:45 – 7:00 Dinner Break (not catered)

7:00 – 8:30
  • The Definition & Beauty of Providence*
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

Wednesday : March 12

9:00 – 10:15
  • Calvinism & the Origin of Sin
  • Dr. James Anderson
  • Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Providence & “Middle Knowledge”: A Question of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”
  • Dr. Derek Thomas
  • Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, SC. Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch Break (not catered)

1:45 – 3:00
  • Beautiful In Its Time: A Preacher’s Journey Through the Mists of Providence
  • Rev. Benjamin Miller
  • Pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Huntington, NY.

3:30 – 4:15 Question and Answer

4:45 – 6:45 Catered Dinner at GPTS

7:00 – 8:30
  • Providence or Fatalism*
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology..


Thursday : March 13

9:00 – 10:15
  • The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.

10:35 – 11:50
  • The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History & Teaching on Providence
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

I can’t wait to listen to it online already!


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First day on the Internet Presup apologetics

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The following links are from January 1st-7th, 2014.  Lots of links for this time period, what a way to begin the New Year!

1.) Science and Religion: Dembski’s Proposal

2) Apologetic Evangelism 101: Readying Ourselves to Engage the World [Pt 2]



5.) Evidences and Apologetics: Joseph Torres review “Reasons We Believe

6.) Dr. Reluctant’s Review of ‘Covenantal Apologetics’ by Scott Oliphint

7.) Future Debate: Ken Ham vs Bill Nye on “Is creation a viable model of origins?”

8.) How I would Debate Bill Nye the UnScience Guy

9.) Sola Scriptura, Canon, and Rome: Dr. Michael Kruger on the Dividing Line

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What's Your Worldview James Anderson

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

For some time now I wanted to see a work by an apologists from the Presuppositionalists perspective written primarily for non-Christians.   It seems most works by Presuppositionalists is to teach believers biblical apologetics.  Yet it is also important to directly address unbelievers with Presuppositional apologetics.  I think James Anderson does a masterful job of filling this much needed void with his upcoming book What’s Your Worldview?  The format of the book makes this work very engaging:  For those who are familiar with the children book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” Dr. Anderson in similar fashion has short chapters that ask various questions and how you answer according to your view will dictate what page you turn to—and also what are the consequences for those ideas.  Not all consequences are pretty!  In fact, most worldviews Dr. Anderson points out is irrational or unlivable if one tries to go by with it consistently.  In this fashion the author is to be commended for making the readers think about what they believe and refute irrational worldviews in a creative and engaging way.  It is already wonderful that the book is informative and interactive but Anderson’s humor makes it even better.  The author is witty.  The book also makes it clear that it is not meant to be the last word on worldviews and I would definitely agree—it is a short book.  The author tries hard to avoid unwarranted generalization and interact with the major worldviews and thought in the West today, although I think he does better than that with his awareness and response to some of the worldviews popular in the East.  For instance, he talks about Pantheism and also made a good distinction between Pantheism and Panentheism.  I suppose the only thing I have to disagree with the book is Anderson’s definition of religion and worldview.  It seems to me that the two are quite synonymous, if we understand religion as “ultimate commitment.”  But this is a minor point.  Overall an excellent work, even though I have a review copy in electronic file I plan to purchase the paperback when it comes out.  One should definitely remember the name James Anderson for Lord willing, we will see more quality books and scholarly papers articulating and defending the Christian faith.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

You can follow the author’s blog HERE.

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