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John Frame Selected Shorter Writings Volume 3

John Frame. Selected Shorter Writings, Volume 3.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, March 31st, 2016. 400 pp.

This is the third volume of John Frame’s selected shorter writings.  Dr. Frame is a Christian systematic theologian, apologist and author who has written extensively on theology, philosophy, Christian epistemology, ethics and worship.  His works have impacted a generation of Calvinistic pastors and teachers. This particular book is a collection of various essays, speeches and articles written by John Frame over the years.  Most of the chapters haven’t been previously published in book form even though some have appeared in theological journals or his website while the remainder appeared in print for the first time. This book is divided into six sections.  The first looks at the nature and method of theology, the second looks at theological issues, then the third looks at epistemology and apologetics, while the fourth focuses on the church, the fifth on ethics and the last part are generally sermons and addresses.  Like the previous two volumes I enjoyed reading this book as a theological devotional daily each morning.  It helps me start thinking theologically as I start the day which warms me up to study other areas of theology or sermon preparation.  Whether you are new to John Frame or want to refresh your studies of some of his insights, I do recommend the book.  The following are the highlights of what I enjoyed and constructive criticisms I have for the book.

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John Frame is probably one of my favorite living theologians today.  He’s also someone who advocate and have made positive contribution towards Presuppositional Apologetics’ as well.

Here’s an interview with John Frame on one of his recent book on “Western Philosophy and Theology.”  This 700 page work is one of my favorite survey of philosophy from a Christian and a Presuppositionalists’ perspective.  My own review of the book can be found here: Review: A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame.

Here’s the two part video in which the hosts interviewed Dr. Frame:

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Sorry for the delay in posting this.  My internet couldn’t work last night and this morning.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered from March 8th-14th, 2016.  Enjoy!

1.) Overcoming Self-refuting Statements: Agile and Deft Defenses by Relativists

2.) Don’t give me philosophy

3.) Creatures have no private chambers

4.) John Frame’s Understanding Apologetics (MP3 Lectures Series)

5.) Answering Another Fool (Another Ungrounded Premise)

6.) K. Scott Oliphint’s Apologetics and Systematic Theology (MP3 Series)

 

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

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Here are Presuppositional Apologetics’ links gathered between February 22nd-29th, 2016.  Enjoy!

1.) Challenging the Wisdom of this World

2.) Logic, Aristotle, and the Necessity of Theism

3.) Podcast Discussion on Apologetic Methodology

4.) The Problem of Evil with John Frame

5.) What Roman 1 tells us about man’s knowledge of God

6.) Man is always accessible to God

7.) James Anderson’s A Reductio of Naturalism

8.) Steve Hays’ Mere theism

9.) Dr. Cornelius Van Til: or, How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Presuppositionalism

 

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Point: An argument in the arsenal of Presuppositional apologetics is the Transcendental argument.  John Frame describes apologist Cornelius Van Til’s transcendental argument in the following matter with one of Van Til’s famous illustration:

The non-Christian, then, in Van Til’s famous illustration, is like a child sitting on her father’s lap, slapping his face. She could not slap him unless he supported her. Similarly, the non-Christian cannot carry out his rebellion against God unless God makes that rebellion possible. Contradicting God assumes an intelligible universe and therefore a theistic one.

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I think what follows below is another illustration in explaining Presuppositional apologetics.

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics’ gathered between January 8th-14th, 2015.  Lots of stuff this time!

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2.) Bart Ehrman is Crazy! Jesus is God

3.) Science Presupposes God

4.) Why Physicalism Fails

5.) An Appearance of Atheism

6.) Bill Nye Borrows from a Christian Worldview

 

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Here’s a quote on John Frame on the Bible’s teaching on certainty and Christianity:

The question also arises in the religious context: can we know God with certainty? The Bible often tells us that Christians can, should, and do know God and the truths of revelation (Matt. 9:6, 11:27, 13:11, John 7:17, 8:32, 10:4-5, 14:17, 17:3, many other passages). Such passages present this knowledge, not as something tentative, but as a firm basis for life and hope.

 

Scripture uses the language of certainty more sparingly, but that is also present. Luke wants his correspondent Theophilus to know the ‘certainty’ (asphaleia) of the things he has been taught (Luke 1:4) and the ‘proofs’ (tekmeria) by which Jesus showed himself alive after his death (Acts 1:3). The centurion at the cross says ‘Certainly (ontos) this man was innocent’ (Luke 23:47, ESV).

The letter to the Hebrews says that God made a promise to Abraham, swearing by himself, for there was no one greater (6:13). So God both made a promise and confirmed it with an oath, ‘two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie’ (verse 18). This is ‘a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul’ (verse 19). Similarly Paul (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and Peter (2 Pet. 1:19-21) speak of Scripture as God’s own words, which provide sure guidance in a world where false teaching abounds. God’s special revelation is certain, and we ought to be certain about it.

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Its important that any Christian apologetics take into account what does the Bible has to say about certainty in the context of knowing God’s revelation.

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