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Posted in Apologetic Links, Apologetics, apologetics methodology, christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Theology, Van Til on March 1, 2016 |
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Posted in Apologetic Links, Apologetics, apologetics illustrations, apologetics methodology, apologetics tactics, apologist, christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Van Til on February 16, 2016 |
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GO TO PART 30
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.
I think what follows below is another illustration in explaining Presuppositional apologetics.
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Posted in Apologetic Links, christian apologetics, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Theology, Van Til on January 15, 2016 |
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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.
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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Posted in Apologetic Links, Book Review, christian apologetics, Christianity, Christmas, Christmas gifts, Christmas wish list, Cornelius Van Til, Covenantal apologetics, John Frame, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Theology, Van Til on November 27, 2015 |
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This is our blog’s sixth year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview.
Here are the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics I highly recommend the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:
This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics are more for those moving beyond introduction. Each category has one book with a brief description, a link to my review and where one can purchase the book.
For Those Moving Beyond Introduction
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (A Theology of Lordship) by John Frame
Description: John Frame’s work is helpful in making one become biblically conscious of theological method. This is a good way to come to a biblical view of epistemology (theory of knowledge). My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.
John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volume 2 by John M. Frame
Description: By shorter writing this book means essays and this book is a good example of how shorter chapters can be filled with substance and be thought-provoking. Essays on theological method, apologetics and philosophy of education for training those for ministry. My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.
For Those Wanting to Go Deeper
Traces of the Trinity: Signs of God in Creation and Human Experience by Peter J. Leithart
Description: Hands down the most interesting book I’ve read this year and I was pretty skeptical of the book in the beginning. I have concern for Leithart’s theology in other areas but he hits it out of the ballpark in this book. If you enjoy Van Til’s use of the Trinity to address the philosophical problems of the One and the Many, you would like this book alot. My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Amazon.
A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame
Description: This is a good look at the history of philosophy and how it impacts theology. A new book this year! My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Westminster | Amazon.
For Those Wanting to Gain Insight from Non-Van Tillian Presuppositionalists
In Defense of Theology by Clark Gordon
Description: I’m commited to Van Til’s apologetics but I have benefited from Gordon Clark. This work is accessible to those who are new to Clark’s work. My Review can be found by clicking HERE. Purchase: Amazon | Also Available as E-Book from Trinity Foundation.
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Posted in Book Review, christian apologetics, Christian philosophy, Christianity, Cornelius Van Til, John Frame, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Presuppositional Apologetics, presuppositionalism, Reformed, Theology, Van Til, worldview on November 24, 2015 |
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John Frame. A History of Western Philosophy and Theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, October 23rd, 2015. 864 pp.
This year (2015) is one of John Frame’s most productive year in terms of the quantity and quality of books published. For many the most anticipated book among them is probably A History of Western Philosophy and Theology. The following is my review of this book.
If there is anyone today that is qualified to give a biblical evaluation and exposition of Western philosophy and how it shapes theology it would be John Frame. This book is the result of the author’s experience with teaching and writing on philosophy, theology and apologetics over the last few decades. Like other works by Frame I appreciate his commitment to Scripture and the Christian worldview. At the same time Frame is knowledgeable of philosophy. Frame is a great model of a Christian scholar: He is charitable but does not shy away from refuting error. All this contribute towards making this work a great book.
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