Archive for the ‘John Frame’ Category


These are links concerning Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between September 8th-15th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Enlightenment And Evil – Ep. 141 – What About Evil? – Theodicy And The Crisis Of Our Secular Age – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Addressing the Mexican Standoff: How Van Til’s Epistemology compares with Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology

4.) The Purpose-Driven Darwinist

6.) Guest Post: Say No to “Profane Audacity”

7.) Meet Cornelius Van Til

8.) Analysis vs. Synthesis: An Epistemological Transcendental Argument

9.) Rooted in Revelation : Dr. Chris Bolt on Epistemology and Hermeneutics

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Jon Harris has wrote a book titled “Social Justice Goes to Church.” He has a recent video for his show “Conversations That Matter” titled “CRT and Triperspectivalism.” Here is the video:

In the video he asks “Is Triperspectivalism a Third Way for CRT?” Specifically he wonders if John Frame’s Triperspectivalism is something that would be problematic when it comes to approaching Critical Race Theory.

I appreciate Jon Harris this past year for raising concern of various unbiblical idea that have creep into the church from our culture, especially with items that the elites in the West push for politically. Things like Woke ideology/theology, gender/identity politics, compromises, etc. But here I do think his view of Triperspectalism as potentially a risk that aid the advance of Critical Race Theory by either Frame himself or those who follow Frame (example would be Timothy Keller) is problem. I do want to note Harris seem to use the term “Critical Race Theory” to refer to the social justice movement/woke ideology in general rather than the specific legal theory. I appreciate Harris’ overall tone when he talks about controversial issues. I also appreciate Harris’ nuances to say he doesn’t know if John Frame or certain followers of Frame who would use Triperspectivalism to promote Critical Race Theory. In addition Harris has the humility to say where he doesn’t know what Frame’s view is.

My post wishes to clarify some things about Triperspectivalism itself, second how Triperspectivalism can help clarify ethics in general and finally how Triperspectivalism help in critiquing Critical Race Theory.


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Just a fun meme above.  Here in the US a stimulus check of $1,400 was passed.  How many of you bought Christian books?


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between December 15th-21st, 2020.

While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2020 since we are in the month of December.

1.) Cave to the Cross Episode: Ep. 103 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Is The Bible Full Of Irresolvable Contradictions – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? What became of Cain?

3.) The Christian worldview, Logic, and Aristotle: God is the Ground for Logic

4.) That “Living in a Computer Simulation” Thing Again

5.) Snopes Debunking The Bethlehem Birthplace

6.) Pete Enns Is Wrong About Isaiah 9


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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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John Frame.  We Are All Philosophers.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, August 28th 2019. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Everyone in some sense is a philosopher; the question is whether they are a good philosopher or a poor one.  In light of the fact that all of us encounter the big and deep questions of life Christian apologist and theologian John Frame has written this helpful work concerning Christian philosophy.  John Frame has written History of Western Philosophy and Theology which I highly recommend and in the preface of this present volume he noted that after finishing that earlier massive work he realized that he need to write another book on philosophy that would be more for the average reader.  Part of making this more accessible is this book is not only shorter but arranged topically instead of historically.  The language is simpler and I appreciate the definitions of terms after each chapter.  Although he said this book is an introduction still I think even Christians who know theology, apologetics and philosophy will benefit from it as Frame has a way of thinking through the Scripture and seeing connections between doctrines, philosophical categories and how they relate perspectivally in a way that makes you appreciate the world more and also the beauty of God’s glory.


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These are links concerning Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between September 8th-15th, 2020.

1.) Greg Bahnsen – New Book ‘Against All Opposition’

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Arah’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 89 – Tactics – Taking The Roof Off


5.) Critique of “God is Not Great”

6.) How do I Know that I Know? – a Response (Part 2)

7.) More Leftist Malarkey in the Secular Science Industry

8.) How Is There A Problem Of Evil If You First Don’t Make Sense Of Morality?


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between December 15th-21st, 2018.

(While it is not in this week’s round up I do want to share Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2018 since we are in the month of December)

1.) A Christian Response To “Nothing”.

2.) Collection of 50 Apologetics’ Illustrations

3.) Grieving as an atheist

4.) Review: Nature’s Case for God: A Brief Biblical Argument

5.) A Christian and a Buddhist Walk into a Coffee Shop

6.) The Gospel of Isaiah


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I’m glad I’m the first to review this new book on Amazon!

John Frame.  Nature’s Case for God: A Brief Biblical Argument. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, December 12th 2018. 124 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Christian apologist and theologian John Frame has written this short book on a biblical natural theology.  If you have been studying theology for sometime now you might be familiar with this Reformed theologian.  I really enjoy John Frame for his discussion about theological method, apologetics methodology and the inter-relationship of doctrines and theological disciplines.  In this recent work Frame gives the topic of natural revelation a one volume treatment.


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John J. Hughes. Speaking The Truth In Love: The Theology Of John M. Frame.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 1st 2009. 1118 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

For decades John Frame has been a prolific Christian author, theologian, apologist, philosopher and churchman who has written on a wide array of topic.  This book is a festschrift honoring John Frame which means is a collection of various other theologians, apologists, and pastors writing on topics related to John Frame’s interests.  Some of the contributors are some of Evangelical’s leading scholars in their respective field.  It is a massive project coming in length of over a thousand pages and it took me some time to finish reading this after reading a few pages of this work every morning.  But I’m glad I read it as I have grown more sharper theologically and also in my critical thinking as the result of reading this work.


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I love the amount of books from various publishers at the Shepherd’s Conference.

Here are the solid biblical books I recommend from the Conference that are deals but they fly below the radar of being publicized like in the Conference’s bulletins.  Note these books can be purchased online as well and I have linked them online in case they are no longer available.  Also I have linked to my book reviews.


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 22nd-31st, 2018.

1.) Defeating Relativism

2.) Where Josh McDowell and Presuppositionalists Agree: The Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith

3.) Review: Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief

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

5.) Refuting Islam at Ground Level

6.) How to Defend the Christian Faith: Four Principles to Get Started

7.) Absolutely Subjective Moral Values

8.) Politics as Religion

9.) Atheists Know God Exists

10.) The Bible: is it guilty until proven innocent?


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John Frame. Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thoughts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 1st 1995. 463 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

I finally got around to reading and finishing John Frame’s interpretation of Christian apologist and theologian Cornelius Van Til.  This is probably long overdue given how long my interests is with Presuppositional apologetics and also having read so much of Frame’s works daily in my life for the last couple of years.  I must say that I probably appreciated this work in the current place in my life than I would have appreciated it ten years ago.  I do not always agree with John Frame being myself more in line with Greg Bahnsen’s approach towards apologetics but I have always found that even when I disagree with Frame he certainly gives much fuel for thought and as a result with interacting with his writings I have become more nuanced and achieved a better synthesis of what to believe.


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John Frame. Theology in Three Dimensions.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 29th, 2017. 136 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: P&R PublishingAmazon

Over the years I have really benefited from reading theologian John Frame especially in thinking more consciously of my theological method.  John Frame’s triperspectivalism and his exploration of the inter-relationship of doctrines, theology and different field of study has also caused me not only to think more clearly but more worshipful of the God who is the source of the unity of various disciplines, doctrines and foci in theology.  In this book John Frame gives us a short one volume introduction to his triperspectivalism and his perspectivalism in general.  I’m glad he wrote this work.


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This is a guest review by Alf Cengia.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his website can be found at Zeteo316.  Check it out.

The Inerrant Word: Biblical Theological and pastoral Perspectives. Edited by John MacArthur and Foreword by R. C. Sproul. Published by Crossway (Hardcover 399 pages).

Purchase: Crossway | Amazon

This is another important book I picked up from our Church Bookstore. I’m particularly drawn to these apologetics because of my former Roman Catholic background, a stint in a “Christian” cult and New Age years. What connected all these experiences was a downgrade of God’s Word. As most of us understand, this has happened throughout history. Today God’s Word is being questioned by some professing Christian leaders who are capitulating to the culture. John MacArthur writes:

The Bible is treated like Silly Putty, pressed and reshaped to suit the shifting interests of popular culture. ~ The Inerrant Word (page 26)

MacArthur states that the most dangerous attacks against God’s word have come from the evangelical community. He lists: “seminary professors, mega church pastors, charismatic charlatans on television, popular evangelical authors, Christian psychologists, and bloggers on the evangelical fringe.”

Iain Murray’s contribution (How Scotland Lost Her Hold on the Bible – A Case Study of Inerrancy Compromise) is an excellent case study of how God’s word can be gradually downgraded by ambivalent language. Murray demonstrates why claiming that Scripture contains God’s Word isn’t good enough.

The problem with saying that Scripture contains the Word of God is that it doesn’t affirm that Scripture is the Word of God. You may mean that it contains God’s Word; but also items which aren’t affirmed by the church, and thus open for debate. Homosexuality and same sex marriage would be two examples.

Murray uses the example of a bag of groceries. You can tell someone that it contains potatoes. You might even mean that the bag ONLY contains potatoes. But you might also mean that it contains other items. This chapter was one of my favorites as it is especially relevant to cultural challenges in the church today.

Another favorite was Alistair Begg’s Let the Lion Out, based on 2 Tim 4:1-5 and Charles H. Spurgeon. Just preach the Word! Ferguson’s The Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures was another gem in a lost list of important contributions.

The book is comprised of four main parts:

  1. Inerrancy in the Bible: Building the Case
  2. Inerrancy in Church History: Showing the Precedent
  3. Inerrancy in Theological Perspective: Answering the Critics
  4. Inerrancy in Pastoral Practice: Applying to Life

Each section has a number of chapters by a selection of evangelical scholars and ministers including: John Frame, Matt Waymeyer, Michael Vlach, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, G. K. Beale, Abner Chou, William Barrick and more.

The Inerrant Word highly recommended reading for all Christians.

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