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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GO TO PART 67

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of an unbeliever or alleged believer say they don’t like a Biblical doctrine because it isn’t “nice.”  What they go on to say is they want doctrines that are sweet, “loving” and makes them feel good inside.  How do you respond?

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Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up.  I just recently refuted an alleged contradiction; see my “Was Enoch the sixth or the seventh from Adam?”  There are times when those who assert that there are contradictory verses in the Bible fail to a word in the context of authorial intent.  But if one fail to recognize authorial intent, then a word in someone’s sentence can be taken out of context to mean something else so then a skeptic can easily assume there’s a Bible contradiction when there are none.  Are there any examples of this error to get the point across to a skeptic of their foolish methodology and mistake?

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Point: Presuppositional apologetics is really a worldview apologetics that among other things, analyzes the foundational beliefs of those who challenge the BIblical worldview.  In other words, Presuppositionalists engages in an internal critique against an opponent’s presuppositions to show how they cannot provide the “solid foundation” to make human experiences intelligible and meaningful.  Sometimes people might not understand what the presuppositionalists is doing so an illustration is in order.

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Point: Presuppositional apologetics is really a worldview apologetics that among other things, analyzes the foundational beliefs of those who challenge the Christian worldview.  In other words, Presuppositionalists engages in an internal critique against an opponent’s presuppositions to show how they cannot provide the “solid foundation” to make human experiences intelligible and meaningful.  Sometimes people might not understand what the presuppositionalists is doing so an illustration is in order.

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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.

I want to deal with a question that was asked in an apologetics group on another social media platform:

Someone please remind me, why is it that when we argue for the existence of God from the impossibility of the contrary, that we don’t actually need to analyze every worldview

Here’s my thoughts:

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Point: How often do you hear people say that Christianity can’t be true because they have already tried religion and their old religion has been disproven so therefore Christianity can’t be true.  We must realize that this type of argument against Christianity though one hear it often during evangelism nevertheless it does not have that much weight as it might seem initially.

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

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