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

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics Ep. 98 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Preface

2.) Bible Contradiction? How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?

3.) Misotheists Dehumanizing Christians and Creationists

4.) Free PDF Apologetics’ Dissertation: Carl F. H. Henry’s Presuppositional Theology and its Implications within Educational Settings

5.0 P&R Publishing’s 3 NEW NOVEMBER RELEASES! (Include works on Presuppositional Apologetics!)

6.) ‘Atheist atrocities fallacy’?

7.) Jay Adams (Van Til’s student), Pioneer of Nouthetic Counselling, Dies at 91

 

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Here’s a doctoral dissertation that Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity has made available titled “Carl F. H. Henry’s Presuppositional Theology and its Implications within Educational Settings.”  This is a treat for those into apologetics!  Carl Henry was the President of Southern Seminary and he was influenced in his apologetics by Cornelius Van Til and Gordon Clark.  The dissertation was written by Adam L. Lickey and was completed on April 2019.  Its neat to see his dissertation is available online for free.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth?

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

One Day

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made earth and heaven.” (Genesis 2:4)

Six Days: Genesis 1:3-2:3

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

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 8th-14, 2020.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 97 – Greg Koukl Interview

2.) Bible Contradiction? Was Jesus a ransom for many or a ransom for all?

3.) Discerning Fake Science

4.) Reformed Forum on Youtube

5.) Follow the Evidence?

6.) Baby Yoda Eating Eggs and the State of our Society

7.) Van Til Group #2 — The Doctrine of God

 

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Jesus a ransom for many or a ransom for all?

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

For many

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45)

For all

who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.” (1 Timothy 2:6)

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

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

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

945

the sons of Zattu, 945;” (Ezra 2:8)

845

the sons of Zattu, 845;” (Nehemiah 7:13)

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

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My dear brother Ricky W. Roldan of Urban Reformed Podcast is a blessing to me.  He recently taught a four part series over Zoom to believers in India.  This series was setup and hosted by B.O.A.T a Christian ministry in India.

I’m always glad to see Presuppositonal apologetics taught in different countries and context.  Actually I’m glad to see the Bible and the Gospel and a Biblical worldview is taught in various cultures and countries!

Here’s the series:

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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

Want to read a book on what does Pesuppositional Apologetics looks like especially with its application?  This book is published by American Vision that is edited from the audio teachings of the last Greg Bahnsen of a conference called Life Preparation Conference during the 1990s sponsored by American Vision.  Greg Bahnsen is one of my favorite apologists and reading this latest book made me remember all the reasons I love about Bahnsen: He was biblically driven, worldview conscious, laid out his presentation clearly and rigorous in his refutation of unbelieving worldview.

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Point: Presuppositional apologetics as founded by Cornelius Van Til make the point that the evidence for Christianity is plentiful but the reason for the unbelief is because of man’s sinfulness that suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  Sometimes people would object to the apologist and say that that is not true.  As a Christian apologist we say that the reality is there’s times when people can have so much evidence before them and still don’t live it out though the signs of its truth is all around them.  Can we think of an example outside the area of apologetics’ discussion where people chose not to believe the truth even though its obvious all around them but they chose instead to go ahead to live their life a certain way?

Picture: Here is a news story that illustrate the point of Presuppositional apologetics:

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who were the sons of Heman?

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

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth

Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth.” (1 Chronicles 25:4)

Jehiel, and Shimei

and from the sons of Heman, Jehiel and Shimei; and from the sons of Jeduthun, Shemaiah and Uzziel.” (2 Chronicles 29:14)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long did Jotham reign?

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

At least 20 years.

And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him and put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.” (2 Kings 15:30)

16 years.

In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah became king. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok.” (2 Kings15:32-33)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How long was the Babylonian Captivity?

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

70 years

For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.” (Jeremiah 29:10)

Seven generations

And when you are come into Babylon, you shall be there many years, and for a long time, even to seven generations: and after that I will bring you away from thence with peace.” (Baruch 6:2; quoted from Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many Philistine foreskins did David buy his first wife with?

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

100

So David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son, saying, “Give me my wife Michal, to whom I was betrothed for a hundred foreskins of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 3:14)

 

200

David rose up and went, he and his men, and struck down two hundred men among the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. So Saul gave him Michal his daughter for a wife.” (1 Samuel 18:27)

 

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

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These are the links towards the end of September from the 22nd to the 30th.

In light of everything going on even though its not Presuppositional Apologetics per se I thought I share Church of Woke vs. Church of Jesus

1.) Atheism Fails to Justify Mathematics

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart?

3.) Tulips & Honey’s “Who & What I Recommend + What I Don’t

4.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 91 – Shea Houdmann Of GotQuestions.org Interview

5.) How Not to Handle Bible Contradictions: Denying the Law of Non-Contradiction

6.) Daniel The Prophet

7.) Was the Divinity of Jesus a Late Invention of the Council of Nicea?

8.) Apologetic Methods

9.) Worldview Chaos

 

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I was asked by a reader to share my thoughts on an article titled “Does Scripture Contain Contradictions?” in which the author suggests the way to deal with the charge that the Bible contain contradictions is to say “the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction” and he developed this in a way that I don’t think is helpful.

Ironically he cites two Bible contradictions to prove his point.  These I will deal with later as part of my ongoing series responding to alleged Bible contradictions.  But for now I want to examine analytically the reasoning of his own view.

His statement is as follows:

Aristotle offered the clearest formulation of what has come to be known as the Law of Noncontradiction: “The most certain of all basic principles is that contradictory propositions are not true simultaneously” (Metaphysics 4.6.1011b 13-14). In other words, Aristotle asserted that opposite statements cannot both be correct at the same time. This Greek philosophical idea remains foundational to modern Western thought, but the ancient writers of Israel’s Scriptures were not beholden to the Law of Noncontradiction. When today’s readers identify what they deem to be contradictions in the Bible, such instances can either trouble the believer or galvanize the critic. However, to apply the notion of “contradiction” to the biblical text constitutes a basic misunderstanding of an ancient Jewish worldview in which opposite assertions could coexist. Although it is difficult for modern minds to conceive of such a worldview, the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction.

After the writer defined the law of non-contradiction as “opposite statements cannot both be correct at the same time” he said “the ancient writers of Israel’s Scriptures were not beholden to the Law of Noncontradiction.” Later in the end of the paragraph he also said “the biblical authors were not constrained by the contemporary issue of contradiction.”  In both quotes it is interesting the guy wrote the quote in bold.

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