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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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Secular Thought And Where It Leads with Arno Fourie

Well I slept early Sunday after a tiring day of ministry!  So here’s a post that’s later than usual!

Here is an interview/podcast with two brothers that I love.  It is from Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here).  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

I wanted to share one of the shows.  This is an interview with Arno Fourie.  I’m encouraged to see Arno have an evangelistic zeal and courage and his applied apologetics all over social media. If you are wondering about his accent, he’s a South African living in Australia.  That’s pretty cool!

What was the topic? The two had a conversation about secular thought and where it leads.

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I found this passage in Isaiah 48:12-16.

Here’s what the passage says:

“Listen to Me, Jacob, Israel whom I called;
I am He, I am the first, I am also the last.
13 Assuredly My hand founded the earth,
And My right hand spread out the heavens;
When I call to them, they stand together.
14 Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things?
The Lord loves him; he will carry out His good pleasure against Babylon,
And His arm will be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, yes I, have spoken; indeed I have called him,
I have brought him, and He will make his ways successful.
16 Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the beginning I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

I think in the near future I’ll have to study this passage more in-depth as its nearly 3 AM here and its late to start looking at the Hebrew.  But some quick observations.

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Here’s a thesis for a Master’s Degree in history that Liberty University’s College of Arts and Sciences has made available titled “The New Left in American Evangelicalism.”   So much have often been focused about Evangelicalism with the political conservative movement but with the change of trajectory of the younger generation (my generation of Millennial and younger) that has made its way into the church there’s not as much focus on the roots of the New Left in American Evangelicalism.  A case can be made that there needs to be discernment and concern for the Left especially with its rise in power in the establishment and institutions in today’s society and the church in the next generation picking things up from the world uncritically.

The thesis was written by Jonathan E. Harris and was completed on August 2020 as part of his completion of his Masters’ Degree in History.  I am thankful Liberty University has made this thesis available online for free.  Mr. Harris has published another book last month in September on social justice titled “Christianity and Social Justice: Religions in Conflict.”

Here’s the abstract for the thesis:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many were in Jacob’s family when they came into Egypt?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

70

and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two; all the people of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.” (Genesis 46:27)

All the people who descended from Jacob were seventy people, but Joseph was already in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:5)

Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.” (Deuteronomy 10:22)

75

Then Joseph sent word and invited his father Jacob and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five people in all.” (Acts 7:14)

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

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Ricky Roldan Rooted in Revelation

Here is an interview/podcast with two brothers that I love.  It is from Rooted In Revelation Podcast (Facebook page here).  It is a podcast that touch on theology, apologetics and Christian living.  This is hosted by Nate Burns.

I wanted to share one of the shows.  What was the topic? The two had a conversation that goes from theology to apologetics and much more.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Is it good to be foolish?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

It is good to be foolish.

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” (1 Corinthians 1:21)

Take care that no one deceives himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18)

We are fools on account of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are without honor!” (1 Corinthians 4:10)

It is not good to be foolish.

The boastful will not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do injustice.” (Psalm 5:5)

So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,” (Ephesians 5:15)

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

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between September 15th-21st, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Crisis Of Secularism – Ep. 142 – What About Evil? – Theodicy And The Crisis Of Our Secular Age – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who named Beersheba?

3.) Review: The Impossibility of the Contrary by Greg Bahnsen

4.) Review of Carnell’s Introduction to Christian Apologetics

5.) Proverbs 3:5-6: A Biblical Basis for Revelational Epistemology

6.) Why Being a Presupp is Boring…

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6 or 9

Have you seen anyone post this on social media or other similar meme?  How does one respond as a Christian?

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The Impossibility of the Contrary by Greg Bahnsen

Greg Bahnsen. Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview. Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, May 2020. 254 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: American Vision

Looking for a book that teaches how to apply Presuppositional Apologetics?  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite Christian apologist and surprisingly most of his books are published after his death than when he was alive.  This latest book is published in 2021 by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen from an apologetics’ conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  One might ask why another Bahnsen book on Presuppositional apologetics?  David Bahnsen, the son of Greg Bahnsen in the Foreword said it is his favorite book by his father (vii).  Reading David saying that made me want to read the book even more.  I thought this book is worth reading even if you read older published works by Greg Bahnsen since in this volume he does cover more refutation of false worldviews than some of the other books published pre-2020 and that’s a big plus for Bahnsen fans.  Please don’t think this book is just a repetition of materials in other books (there are of course some things that are constant).  Plus I think its always good to sharpen and be reminded of how Presuppositional Apologetics works and how is it applied; I don’t think this is going to be the only time I read this book especially when it comes to discipling others in apologetics. I also think for those new to Presuppositional Apologetics this book does give readers a good intro.

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We hit a new milestone for our blog Veritas Domain: Sometime today September 18th at 4-5 AM Pacific Standard Time we had 2 million total views!  That’s the total of view since our blog began in September 2006 but with most of the hits taking place the last few years.

It was 7 months ago and one day to get to here from when we were at 1.9 million.  Took longer for this 100,000 than the previous years since it seems we have less hits than before.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who named Beersheba?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

Abraham

Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.” (Genesis 21:31)

Isaac

So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.” (Genesis 26:33)

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

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These are links concerning Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between September 8th-15th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ The Enlightenment And Evil – Ep. 141 – What About Evil? – Theodicy And The Crisis Of Our Secular Age – Part 1

2.) Bible Contradiction? How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?

3.) Addressing the Mexican Standoff: How Van Til’s Epistemology compares with Plantinga’s Reformed Epistemology

4.) The Purpose-Driven Darwinist

6.) Guest Post: Say No to “Profane Audacity”

7.) Meet Cornelius Van Til

8.) Analysis vs. Synthesis: An Epistemological Transcendental Argument

9.) Rooted in Revelation : Dr. Chris Bolt on Epistemology and Hermeneutics

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many of Adin’s offspring returned from Babylon?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

454

the sons of Adin, 454;” (Ezra 2:15, Nehemiah 7:20)

655

the sons of Adin, 655;” (Nehemiah 7:19)

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

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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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