Posts Tagged ‘apologetics methodology’

There recently was a four way debate/discussion/dialogue on apologetics’ methodology.  By apologetics I mean the art and science involved with defending the faith.

This Youtube event was an event by Explain Apologetics.

I haven’t seen the discussion but I’m saving up here as post for reference.


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Here are links gathered from July 8th-14th, 2020 on Presuppositional Apologetics.

1.) Cave to the Cross: Ep. 80 – Tactics – Reservations

2.) Bible Contradiction? Can God be found through reason alone?

3.) What Criminal Trials Teach Us About Objective Moral Truth

4.) How Howe Misunderstands Presuppositionalism

5.) Does Presuppositionalism Confuse Ontology and Epistemology?

6.) Don’t Waste Your Corona Virus Summer: Read Good Christian Books!

7.) Proper Tactics Allows You Not To Have To Know Everything But You Should Be Gracious

8.) John Frame: At 80, I’m More Aware of Mystery

9.) Atheists’ Memes Refuted: KKK

10.) Dinosaurs and the Bible


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These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from May 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Quick Thoughts on the self attesting nature of the Bible


3.) Angry Atheists Exterminate Reason

4.) Don’t play fetch the ball

5.) The Epistemological Spiral

6.) Bible Contradiction? Who was Salah’s father?

7.) Carnival mirror

8.) A Word on Gettier Cases

9.) Is There a God?



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Here is a collection of links on Presuppositional apologetics between May 8th-14th, 2020.

1.) Bible Contradiction? Did John the Baptist recognize Jesus as the Son of God?

2.) Interview with Eli Ayala (Revealed Apologetics)

3.) Why God is Still the Best Explanation for Objective Moral Truths (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

4.) I’ll believe in God if…

5.) Because All Idol-Based Worldviews Are Self-Refuting They Will Destroy Themselves – Truth Finders

6.) What is presuppositionalism getting at?

7.) Responses to Dr. Richard Howe’s Alleged Refutation of Presuppositional Apologetics



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Here are the links on Presuppositional apologetics from April 8th-14th, 2020!

1.) Richard Howe’s Refutation of Presuppositional Apologetics

2.) Resolving 40 Bible Contradictions from Jesus’ Final Week to His Ascension


4.) Worldviews and Secular Morality

5.) Review: Every Believer Confident: Apologetics for the Ordinary Christian

6.) Richard Dawkins Slams Day of Prayer And Hides How an Atheist Should Respond to a Killer Virus

7.) COVID-19—a Biblical Plague?



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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between February 1st-7th, 2020.

1.) David Hume vs. Jesus Christ

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who was to blame for original sin?

3.) Ep. 57 – Finding Truth – I Lost My Faith At An Evangelical College – Part 2


5.) Atheists Are Indeed Religious

6.) Centaurs

7.) Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 6

8.) Refuting the Friendly Atheist – Questions 1-4

9.) Presuppositional Apologetics Seminar with Gene Cook on The Narrow Mind Podcast

10.) Humans Suppress The Evidence For God By Creating Idols


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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 8th-14th, 2019.  Lots of videos this time.  Enjoy!

1.) Ep. 41 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.15 – Can Science Determine Human Values

2.) Bible Contradiction? Is it good to be happy?

3.) Atheists behaving badly

4.) Book Review: Know Why You Believe

5.) Debate: New Testament Reliability between James White and Lee Baker

6.) (Debate): Is Christianity True? Eli Ayala (Presuppositionalist) vs. Negation of P

7.) The World Benefited From Adopting The Christian Worldview That Correlates To The Ultimate Cause, God


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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, 2019!

1.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 40 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.14 – An All-Natural Morality – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who owns the earth?

3.) Dear Atheist Friends (and Other Skeptics)

4.) Does God Exist: Eli Ayala vs. Suris the Skeptic (A Spectacular Presuppositional Apologetics Debate!)

5.) Can God be wrong?


7.) The Problem With Well-Being Standard Is That It’s Hard To Define & It’s Subjective – Sober Skeptic


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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 37 – How To Be An Atheist – Ch.12 – Some Brush Clearing

2.) Free Master’s Thesis: A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus

3.) Reforming Apologetics (Worldview)

4.) Hitch-22

5.) Bible Contradiction? To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance?

6.) A conversation on Derrida, Foucault, Hume, philosophy and thelogy. P&R Great Thinkers

7.) Space Aliens and Worldviews

8.) The Question Isn’t Moral Ability But Moral Foundations – Sober Skeptic


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Today I want to share a thesis that was completed for a Masters of Religion that was completed over at Reformed Theological Seminary.  It was completed last year in 2018.  It is titled “A Defense of Presuppositional Apologetics and Its Practical Application to the Public University Campus” and written by R. Shane Hartley.  I have found Presuppositional apologetics when properly understood and properly employed to be a very helpful and powerful apologetic.  I am also involved with college campus evangelism in which I will start back again next Lord willing (pray for me!).  So this thesis obviously caught my attention.

What is this thesis specifically about?  In his introductory paragraph to his thesis Mr. Hartley wrote the following summary:


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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.


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


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This is a fifteen part series by pastor Michael Mock teaching apologetics from a Presuppositional Apologetics (Van Tillian) perspective although there are things more than just Presuppositionalism such as counter-cult and pro-life apologetics. This originally was a Sunday Series at Cross Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) located at Fayetteville, NC. The lessons took place between June 24th to October 14th, 2018.

Here are the audio MP3s:


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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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Over some years I’ve been slowly writing down illustrations that I thought might be helpful for sermons or evangelism that has apologetics’ thrusts.

Here’s 50 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?


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Finally a review of this book!

Jason Lisle. The Ultimate Proof of Creation: Resolving the Origins Debate.  Green Forest, AK: Master Books, September 15th 2009. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This book was very helpful in terms of learning Presuppositional apologetics.  The author Jason Lisle is an astrophysicist who have over the years written and taught a lot on Christian apologetics and creation.  He has done the church a great service writing this book.  How good is this book?  Before when people ask me for a recommended book on Presuppositional apologetics I recommended Greg Bahnsen’s book Always Ready.  I still recommend Greg Bahnsen’s work but now I feel I want to recommend this book by Dr. Lisle first since the author has done a good job breaking it down as simple and organized as possible.


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