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James N. Anderson. David Hume.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, December 2, 2019. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

In a 1999 poll conducted by the British based Sunday Times the person voted as the “Greatest Scot of the Millennium” was the philosopher David Hume.  Unfortunately Hume’s philosophy wasn’t just unbiblical but many times Hume was deliberately anti-Christian.  Over the decades of evangelism, engaging in apologetics and taking courses in philosophy and religion I’ve heard people cite Hume or use argument for naturalism that came from Hume.  So who was Hume, what did he teach and what does a Christian philosophical critique of Hume looks like?  This book does an incredibly good job answering these questions.  The author James Anderson is an excellent example of a Christian scholar who engages in philosophy, theology and apologetics and here in this book he delivers the good.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the four volumes I have read (this work and the ones on Aquinas, Marx and Richard Dawkins) currently this one is my favorite one.

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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.

Here’s an abstract:

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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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Note: I was going to post it yesterday but the Sunday Church series took priority!

Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between November 1st-7th, 2020.

1.) Thomas Aquinas on Analogy | Analogy Part 2

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

3.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 96 – Tactics – More Sweat, Less Blood

4.) Review: We Are All Philosophers by John Frame

5.) Can we Trust the Bible?

6.) Van Til on Analogy Made Practical | Analogy Part 3

7.) Science, Reductionism and the Myth of Neutrality

8.) What’s an easy way to demonstrate that polytheism is false?

 

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John Frame.  We Are All Philosophers.  Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, August 28th 2019. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

Everyone in some sense is a philosopher; the question is whether they are a good philosopher or a poor one.  In light of the fact that all of us encounter the big and deep questions of life Christian apologist and theologian John Frame has written this helpful work concerning Christian philosophy.  John Frame has written History of Western Philosophy and Theology which I highly recommend and in the preface of this present volume he noted that after finishing that earlier massive work he realized that he need to write another book on philosophy that would be more for the average reader.  Part of making this more accessible is this book is not only shorter but arranged topically instead of historically.  The language is simpler and I appreciate the definitions of terms after each chapter.  Although he said this book is an introduction still I think even Christians who know theology, apologetics and philosophy will benefit from it as Frame has a way of thinking through the Scripture and seeing connections between doctrines, philosophical categories and how they relate perspectivally in a way that makes you appreciate the world more and also the beauty of God’s glory.

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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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We have a lot of links this time around!  Here’s the round up of links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 22nd-31st, 2020.

Enjoy!

1.) A Look at the Book: History of Western Philosophy and Theology By John M. Frame

2.) Bible Contradiction? Who were the sons of Heman?

3.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 95 – Tactics – Mini Tactics

4.) Apologetics Sermon Illustration #58: Man breaks into home with signs “beware of dog” and unbelief

5.) “Weh, Pano Mo Nalaman?” (Part III): A Crash Course on the Problem of Knowledge and the Revelational Solution to it

6.) Review: Against All Opposition: Defending the Christian Worldview by Greg Bahnsen

7.) The Daily Brew Interviews Vern Poythress on His New Book, The Mystery of the Trinity

8.) 4 Lectures on Presuppositional Apologetics by Ricky Roldan

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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!

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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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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between October 15th-21st, 2020.

1.) Presuppositional Apologetics 101

2.) Bible Contradiction? How long did Jotham reign?

3.) Cave to the Cross Ep. 94 – Tactics – Inside Out

4.) All of Apologist Greg Bahnsen’s MP3 Lectures now free for download!

5.) The Two Basic Worldviews

6.) ONE WAY TO GOD

7.) NEW Course by John Frame and Steve Childers on Perspectives in Theology: Watch the Perspectives 9 Video

8.) New blog in another language: “Masamang Mundo, Mabuting Diyos” (Introduction)

9.) Teaching: Coherence Theory of Truth & Pragmatic Theory of Truth

10.) Goodness of Material World (Part of our Biblical Worldview of Economics series)

 

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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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