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contradiction

Yesterday I wrote my post “Bible Contradiction? Did Paul go to Jerusalem immediately after his conversion? and from the comments I thought about how I have heard this alleged contradiction has actually been brought up many times including when I was in college by a professor.

Then today I saw this clip from the son of a famous preacher, and this son apostated from Christianity.  These days he’s making videos attacking Christianity.

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There’s a thesis for a Master’s in Theology over at Southern Seminary that seems fascinating titled “Reforming Virtue: Bavinck’s Method of Engaging with Virtue Ethics from a Reformed Perspective” by David Moon.  It was completed in December 2022.

I want to examine something in the thesis that was critical of Presuppositionalism and its founder, Cornelius Van Til.

If you read this blog you know that I subscribe to Presuppositional Apologetics.  I won’t be rehearsing what Presuppositional Apologetics is but check out here for a compact definition and here for a lists of many lectures and of those many messages check out Apologetics: What Would Jesus Do? 4 Messages if you can’t decide

While I want to comment about the author’s thoughts on Van Til and Presuppositionalism I want to also say there’s things that one can learn from in the thesis and in no way should this post be seen as a dismissal of everything that’s written in the thesis.

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The Faithful Apologist Rethinking the Role of Persuasion in Apologetics

K. Scott Oliphint. The Faithful Apologist: Rethinking the Role of Persuasion in Apologetics. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic, February 22nd 2022. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Want to read a biblical book on persuasion in the context of evangelism and apologetics?  This book is worth considering.  It is written by a professor of apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint.  Oliphint teaches at Westminster Theological Seminary and is also a Presuppositional Apologist.  I know some people have told me they think Presuppositionalists have no interests with persuading people but only to refute unbelievers; this book suggests otherwise.  I’m glad that a book on persuasion was written by someone who is a Presuppositionalist!

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Immanuel Kant by Shao Kai Tseng

Shao Kai Tseng. Immanuel Kant.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 16th 2020. 232 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Have you heard of the philosopher Immanuel Kant?  Kant as a philosopher is hard to understand and yet Kant was such a watershed individual in philosophy.  Through his writings philosophy went from the trend of large speculation on the “big ideas” of God, freedom, morality, religion, etc., to the overall trend today of being interpretative and analytic, and dare I say “less ambitious” in its scope and aims.  Given Kant’s importance and the difficulties of interpreting him this book has been immensely helpful.  The author Shao Kai Tseng has done a superb job writing this book.  He’s given us a rigorous introduction to Kant from a Reformed standpoint.  A professor of philosophy, the author is also a Reformed Christian with an impressive academic background in philosophy and theology: His Master of Divinity is from Regent College, his ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary and his MSt and DPhil from Oxford. I appreciate that his writing is from a biblical worldview.

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Here are links on Presuppositional apologetics or be interesting to those interested in Presuppositional apologetics that were gathered from the world wide web between October 1st-7th, 2022

1.) Cave to the Cross Everyone Is A Philosopher – Ep.196 – Against All Opposition – What Is Philosophy?

2.) 250 Alleged Bible Contradictions Answered

3.) Episode 10 – A Case for Presuppositional Apologetics (Part 6)

4.) Book Review: Expository Apologetics

5.) Using Process Control to see Effects of Evolutionary Thought

6.) Balaam’s Oracles are Messianic Part 1 (Sharing since Messianic Prophecies is one of the ways Scripture is self-evidencing)

7.) Practical Presup Explained & Employed Pt. 1

8.) FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 444 Responding to Dan Barker’s book LIFE DRIVEN PURPOSE

Human Reason, Logic & Scientism

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend or here, here and here

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2022.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ No One Is Neutral, No Not One – Ep.194 – Against All Opposition – Unbelievers Are Not Neutral And Christians Shouldn’t Be – Part 1

2.) Theonomoney Interview: Presuppositional Parenting

3.) Episode 8 – A Case for Presuppositional Apologetics (Part 4)

4.) Bible contradiction? Did God command the Israelites to make him burnt offerings?

5.) Apologetics: What and Why | Apologist Answers

6.) The Geographical Details of Old Testament’s Messianic Prophecies

7.) Always Ready: Chap. 16 Worldviews In Collision

8.) Genesis 49:8-12 is Messianic Prophecy

9.) Animals Minus Traits Equals Evolution?

Missed the last round up?  Check out the last post

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Redeeming Our Thinking about History A God-Centered Approach By Vern Poythress

I have really been enjoying Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here) this past year.  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

There’s a recent show on the topic of Christianity and the study of history based upon Dr. Poythress’ new book (pictured above).

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Introduction to Logic Jason Lisle

Jason Lisle. Introduction to Logic.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, December 10, 2018. 192 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Do you want to improve your reasoning ability as a Christian?  Christian apologist Jason Lisle has written for us an introduction to the laws of logic.  Some who read this review might be thinking: Christian and logic?  Yes the two are compatible.  Jason Lisle’s book on logic follow a long tradition of Christian works on logic such as hymn writer Isaac Watts in 1725 with his Logic: The Right Use of Reason in the Inquiry after Truth, Methodist founder John Wesley’s A Compendium Of Logic, and Gordon Clark’s textbook on logic, etc.  Jason Lisle himself is an astrophysicist who is involved with Creation ministries and previously I enjoyed his book titled Ultimate Proof that give a detailed introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics.  Seeing how good Dr Lisle writes I was looking for a book that I can introduced my daughters to the laws of logic and critical thinking and this book exceeded my expectation!

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Exactly eleven years and two days ago on this blog I started a series slowly writing down illustrations that I thought might be helpful for sermons or evangelism that has apologetics’ thrusts.

Here’s 80 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?

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Relationship presup

Personal Relationship are part of the fabric of who we are.  Yet relationships don’t make sense in every worldview.  In fact personal relationships are intelligible and meaningful in a Christian worldview.

On May 21st there was a conference called “Rescue Youth and Young Adult Conference 2022” at Metropolitan Baptist Church at Hollywood Florida.  Speaker James Hanna delivered an excellent message employing Presuppositional Apologetics to drive the point home that relationships presupposes the Biblical worldview.
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Global skepticism

Someone asked:

where do you guys usually start when dealing with someone who doubts reality? For example, when they say “how do I know anything is real”.

Here’s my quick take:

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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from May 15th-21st, 2022. 

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1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Resurrection Explained! – Ep.176 – What About Evil? – The Cosmic Redeemer – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? Will God destroy those that intermarry?

3.) Scientific Elitism and Critical Thinking Cowboy 

4.) Apologetics Session 8: Evil and the problem of Atheism

5.) Presuppositionalism in the Dock

6.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #77: Flamethrowers and Refuting Presuppositions

7.) A Response to: “Theology’s Epistemological Dilemma”

8.) Book Review: Redeeming Our Thinking about History: A God-Centered Approach” By Vern Poythress

9.) The Intellectual Challenge of the Gospel by Van Til (Part 2)

10.) Apologetics Meme

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend here and other reblogs here and here

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A few days ago I wrote “Question: Unbelievers spiritually blinded and also knows there is a God?

It made me think tangent to the possibility of not only suppression of truth by nonbelievers but also the suppression of the memory of the act of suppression of truth.

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Here is a collection of links on Presuppositional apologetics between May 8th-14th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Suffering Redeemer – Ep.175 – What About Evil? – The Suffering Redeemer – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who wrote the Pentateuch?

3.) A good lesson on humility and correction with apologetics from dear brother Bob: Creationists Presenting Wrong Information about Natural Selection

4.) Question: Unbelievers spiritually blinded and also knows there is a God?

5.) Can Evolution Explain The Indonesian Mimicry Octopus?

6.) Apologetics Session 7: Atheism and the problem of Morality

7.) Mr Grey, Mr Black and Mr White by Cornelius Van Til with commentary

8.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #76: Accidental and Stolen Stop Signs and Source of Morals

9.) Watch “Should we have “crossing over “ ceremonies in the church? Euthanasia, pt. 2” on YouTube

10.)The Intellectual Challenge of the Gospel by Van Til (Part 1)

11.) The Unscientific False God of Charles Darwin

12.) Apologetics meme

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOApG HERE and a repost here.

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unbelievers know God spirtually blind

Someone asked: Are unbelievers spiritually blinded? If everyone in their heart knows there is a God, how can they be blinded?

This is a question that particularly is one that concerns the Presuppositional Apologists who say nonbelievers in some sense actually know God but are also spiritually blinded.  If someone is not careful, one can think this is an objection to Presuppositional Apologetics.

Here’s my take:

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