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Currently away at the moment.  This is a guest review by Dan C.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his website can be found at The Battle Cry.  Check it out.

Presuppositional Apologetics and Personal Evangelism

Sounds rather ominous, doe it not? Really deep stuff! Well, not necessarily. First, let’s define our terms.

“Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews. It claims that apart from presuppositions, one could not make sense of any human experience, and there can be no set of neutral assumptions from which to reason with a non-Christian”.[i]

 “To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus to sinful people in order that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to put their trust in God through Him.”[ii]

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I have been immensely blessed by John Frame’s teachings.  Frame has written on a wide array of topics from apologetics, philosphy, theology, worship, Cornelius Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics, theological education and ethics.  He has just recently retired from teaching theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.

I think his lesser known Selected Shorter Writings are great addition to his Theology of Lordship Series.

Here are links to my review of each volumes in the Selected Shorter Writings Series.

Review: John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 1

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One of the men that have been influential in shaping my Christian thought life is John Frame.  Reading his work has been a delight and an experience of worship of God for His wisdom, glory and splendor.  His writings has helped me to think more clearly, biblically, and logically.  Since this is God’s World that we live in I think what I got the most from John Frame than other theologians is the hunger to see the beauty of the inter-relationship of…everything.  Doctrines relate to other doctrines.  Areas of philosophies need and presuppose other areas of philosophy.  There’s inter-relationships of academic disciplines.  There’s a relationship between theology and life.  Its like a symphony; they all go together in harmony because of God’s Wisdom.  There’s an apologetic there with the beautiful coherence of the Christian worldview, of God’s revelation between the Word and World.  Which is one of the aesthetically pleasing aspect of a robust Presuppositional apologetics.  But its more than an apologetics, it has made me live my life seeing living colors of God’s World.

What follows below are all four volumes of John Frame’s Theology of Lordship with links to my reviews that explains further why I recommend them.  I bought one volume at a time as a young seminarian without a lot of money, with the goal that after graduating I would be able to read them.  Then I slowly read 5-10 pages a day every morning and finished it.  They are doctrinal yet devotional, deep but “do-able,” deals with difficult topics but also demonstrate the deep dive of doctrines we see as more simple.

Review: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame

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John Frame. The Doctrine of the Word of God.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 1st 2010. 684 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This is the final volume in John Frame’s “A Theology of Lordship” series.  I recommend all four volumes.  In this volume theologian John Frame focus on a theology of the Bible. Readers who are familiar with his other works would appreciate the same rigor and clarity in the way Frame argues that is both sound and creative.  Frame is truly one of the most sophisticated and philosophical defender of the classical Protestant Conservative view of the Bible.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 15th-21st, 2017.  Enjoy!

1.) Evidence for the Bible, Yes. But’s There’s More!

2.) Van Til on Agnosticism

3.) Discussion Guide: The Ultimate Proof of Creation Chapter 4

4.) The Transcendental Argument and The Gospel

5.) The Apologetical Significance of Typology [Pt. 1]

6.) Olympiad

7.) Book Review: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame

8.) Acting on faith

9.) Christ at the Movies

10.) A VERY BRIEF REFUTATION OF SOLIPSISM

 

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) An Argument from Truth

2.) Philosophical Apologetics

3.) Jason Lisle’s Nuclear Strength Apologetics Lectures at Heritage Grace Community Church

4.) Apologetic Dialogue

5.) Huns and Canaanites

6.) Tom Chantry misrepresentation: John Frame’s epistemological approach as amounting to relativism?

7.) January 2017 Ministry Update: Frontline Apologetics

 

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Kind of slow to getting to the blog after a long week of unusual amount of ministry.

I’ve been meaning to respond to a certain Tom Chantry who has made some accusation against theologian John Frame.  A few months ago someone attending Westminister Seminary at Escondido sent me a link to Chantry’s blog attacking theologian John Frame titled “Re-Framing Reformed Baptist Doctrine.”  I have seen this link go around elsewhere on facebook.  (The post and blog has since been made private).  Now personally I don’t get riled up when Christians disagree, so long as it is done charitably.  But I thought the post was rather off the mark by a long shot; it was as if Chantry had an ax to grind.

One of the troubling claim Chantry made was the relativism of John Frame’s theological method.  Chantry’s claim of relativism and subjectivism goes together.  In this post I want to document Chantry’s claim and also demonstrate that’s not case from looking at John Frame’s own words.

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