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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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Providence Classical School

Seems there’s a lot of teachings on Presuppositional Apologetics being given this year so far!

These teachings was presented by Brad Finkbeiner on Presuppositional Apologetics. Brad Finkbeiner is the ethics and apologetics teacher for Providence Classical School at Spring, Texas.  His presentation on Presuppositional Apologetics is in two parts.

Here’s the series on video:

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Here are the links on Presuppositional apologetics from April 8th-14th, 2022!

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics: Romans 9 Answers Why Evil Exists – Ep.171 – What About Evil? – God’s Redemptive Glory In Scripture – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who gave the law to Moses?

3.) The Proper Worldview is Imperative

4.) Thoughts on Evidence from 5th Plague in Exodus 9

5.) The Crucifixion and Counting to Three

6.) Video: Michael Kruger: How Did We Get the Bible?

7.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #73: Will Smith Oscars’ 10 year Ban and Duration of Hell

8.) Daniel 9 Messianic Prophecy

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend  or that of another reblog here 

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bahnsen tupac

A light humor post.

If you know know the reference to the rapper rapper name Tupac he has a lot of his songs released after his death.

My favorite apologist Greg Bahnsen is like Tupac as most of his books and audios were published and released after his death.

Bahnsen is like Tupac. Short life. Wrote a lot. Taught nonstop. Like a productive robot. More stuff came out after he got shot. Ok maybe not shot. But after his death, his content were still hot. New contents are still released and bought.

Here’s some of the books I recommend:

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knight armor

Seems there’s more teachings on Presuppositional Apologetics out there recently!

These teachings was presented by John O’Roark on how to defend the Christian faith from a distinctly Presuppositional perspective.  John O’Roark functions as a Evangelistic Worker under Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship (REF).  This series is three parts and was taught for a conference called Jim Elliot Fellowship Apologetics Conference Lectures.  I haven’t been able to find out much information about it other than it took place in Chicago, Illinois.

The three lectures are:

  1. Competing Worldviews
  2. The Irrationality of Non-Christian Worldviews
  3. Apologetics Q&A

Here’s the series on video:

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Later post today!  First weekend of the month is usually very busy with ministry and I fell asleep on my computer trying to finish this book!

The Box Answering the Faith of Unbelief

Craig Biehl. The Box: Answering the Faith of Unbelief.  Franklin, TN: Carpenter’s Son Publishing, November 10, 2014. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase:  Amazon

Are you looking for a resource that shows what an evangelistic dialogue with an unbeliever from a Presuppositional apologetics’ perspective looks like, for the purpose of training and being spiritually equipped?  The author Craig Biehl has given us a great resources with his book The Box.  While coming from a Presuppositional Apologetics perspective (the author has a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary, the school where Cornelius Van Til, the father of Presuppositional Apologetics once taught at) it is written with a pastoral heart for the general audience and with as little technical jargon as possible.  I appreciate that.  I suspect many Christians who pick up this book will too.

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This course was presented by Rev W Bredenhof on how to defend the Christian faith from a distinctly Presuppositional perspective.  It is seven parts and was taught in fall of 2021 at the Free Reformed Church of Southern River in Western Australia.

This is the course description:

This course aims to introduce you to the basics of knowing and doing Reformed apologetics.  We’ll first review the biblical foundations and then spend most of our time looking at applications.  This course will give you personal confidence in the objective truth of the Christian faith, as well as emboldening you for sharing the gospel in everyday life.

You can also download a file with the syllabus and all the handouts here.

The topics include:

  • The Problem of Evil
  • The Resurrection of Jesus
  • Contradictions in the Bible
  • The Challenge of Science
  • LGBTQ-Affirming Christianity
  • Atheism

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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 as my personal recommended series.

There’s a video titled “The Surprisingly Short History of Presuppositional Apologetics” on Youtube that attacks Presuppositional Apologetics by someone that I consider theologically unstable (this is having observed him with his various theological shifts over the years).  I’ve ministered to someone that was his fan boi before and it seems the young man being interviewed in the video somehow produces a younger follower that is even more confused than he is.  I think there’s some young guys that want to be apologists that might be a better equipped for future apologetics ministry if they grow in the Bible and pursue spiritual maturity and being more spiritually well-rounded by discipleship by sound men.

Here’s the video:

Here’s my thoughts:

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Frank Butler Apologetics Lectures

I have seen Frank Butler discuss Presuppositional Apologetics online.

Frank Butler is a pastor in Florida. I know he worked hard in making his series on apologetics.  He taught a four part series for a church Sunday school some time ago.  In audio form he’s split each lecture into three parts to make it in digestible form for his podcast.

Here’s the series:

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Is Christianity Evil

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 whether it is evil.

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Person of Interest

J. Warner Wallace. Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, September 21, 2021. 326 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

What does a top tier cold case detective think about the veracity of Christianity?  In this book by Jim Warner Wallace he presents to readers his apologetics for the Christian faith but with a unique approach using the methods and analogy of a detective investigating a missing person murder case.  An atheist turned Christian Jim Warner Wallace’s background as a police officer, detective, architect and artist is all brought to bear in this book as he presents something that is compelling both intellectually and also hard to put down in terms of human interests.  If you have read other books by Jim Warner Wallace before be assured this is not another book that rehashes things he’s previously said and wrote; in fact I was stunned at how incredibly comprehensive and fresh this book was and I was very impressed with his materials from start to finish.

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Engaging Hinduism

Christopher Poshin David. Engaging Hinduism : Rethinking Christian Apologetics in India.  India: Christian World Imprints,  January 1, 2020. 167 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase:  Amazon

What does a Christian philosophical critique of Hinduism looks like?  This book presents not only a critique of Hinduism but a distinctive of this book is that the author presents to us a Presuppositional Apologetics’ refutation of Neo-Hinduism.  The fact that there’s few apologetics’ concerning Hinduism makes this a plus to get this book but as someone who subscribe to Van Til’s apologetics’ methodology it was an added delight to see Van Tillian apologetics applied to Hinduism.

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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 70 of them arranged topically.  Which one was your favorite?

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Jacques Derrida Christopher Watkin

Christopher Watkin. Jacques Derrida.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Have you heard of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida?  He was a postmodern thinker who among other contribution is someone whom Critical Race Theorists also have admit as someone who have influenced their movement (Richard Delgado’s Critical Race Theory talks about the influence from previous moments for Critical Race Theory “draws from certain European philosophers and theorists, such as Antonio Gramsci, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida.”).  I bring this up the impact of Derrida upon Critical Race Theory to show one way Derrida is relevant but I must add Derrida is an important philosopher in his own right; and we also must be careful of lumping Derrida with certain other French postmodernists as there are some specific nuances with Derrida.  So if Christians are going to respond to Derrida we need to handle Derrida carefully while also being biblical ourselves when we critique Derrida.  Enter Christopher Watkin with this book which is a Reformed Christian critique of Derrida.  Watkin is a professor of French Studies in Australia and a researcher of modern French philosophy who is also a solid Reformed Christian.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and so far I have five volumes in this series and I would say this particular title truly reflect the editors’ aim of presenting readers Great Thinkers with care and accuracy while also providing an analysis and critique from the standpoint of a biblical Worldview and also Van Til’s apologetics as a tool of analysis.

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