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Point: Some Christians engage in apologetics in a piecemeal fashion.  They give evidence here and there.  They refute an objection here and there.  They might not realize the importance of Presuppositional apologetics with its emphasis of going beyond the individual point and pursuing refutations at the level of presuppositions.

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For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were from the tribe of Simeon?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

59,300

“their numbered men of the tribe of Simeon were 59,300.” (Numbers 1:23)

22,200

“These are the families of the Simeonites, 22,200.” (Numbers 26:14)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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  1. Scott Oliphint. Thomas Aquinas. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 30th, 2017. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This is the first book in the Great Thinkers series published by Presbyterian and Reformed.  It is written by Christian theologian and apologist K. Scott Oliphint in which he examines and critiques the thought of medieval philosopher and apologist Thomas Aquinas. In this series introduction Nathan Shannon tells us the threefold goal for each volume in the series: First it is intended to be academically informed.  Second it seeks to maintain a high standard of biblical and theological faithfulness.  Third the series aim is to be accessible for readers without unnecessary difficult jargons and vocabulary.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 22nd-30th, 2017.

1.) God, The Rise of Science, and Information

2.) Christmas Recommended Books on Presuppositional Apologetics for 2017

3.) Logic and Definitions

4.) Goldilocks atheism

5.) The Islamic god Cannot Exist

6.) The Need for the Creator’s Perspective

7.) The Christian Worldview (3): Epistemology (a)

8.) McTaggart on miracles

9.) Presuppositional Apologetics & the Science of Persuasion

10.) Babylon Bee: Liberal Christian Attempts To Debate Atheist But They Just Agree On Everything

 

Missed the last round up?  Check out the re-blogged post from a friend OR that of Another REBLOG HERE

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GO TO PART 43

Point: Sometimes when one engage in apologetics the issue of alleged Bible contradiction comes up and the example given of a Bible contradiction really isn’t a Bible contradiction but an instance where one account gives lesser detail than another account.  Think for instance of those who raise the question “How many men were possessed with demons at the country of the Gadarenes?”  Are there examples we can give in other areas outside of the Bible of how such a tactic to claim there’s a Bible contradiction is problematic?

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This is our blog’s eighth year in which we post our recommendations of books as Christmas gifts on the subject of Presuppositional apologetics or the Christian worldview.

Below are links to the recommendations from previous years, and if you are new to the whole thing with Presuppositional apologetics and want something introductory I highly recommend the listing from 2014 which we highlighted in bold:

This year list’s of recommended books on Presuppositional apologetics is divided into introductory and intermediate level. Each work will have a link to my fuller review and also links to where one can purchase the book.

Here’s this year’s recommendations:

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The publisher Presbyterian and Reformed has done a church a great service with their 10 booklet series titled “Christian Answers to Hard Questions.”  I finally finished all ten and have reviewed them.  Links to the review of each is provided below.

By the way the publisher has made them available as a complete set for ten dollars.  Check it out here.

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