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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between May 1st-7th, 2021.

1.) Cave to the Cross’ Ep. 122 – Why Should I Believe Christianity – Christianity As A Worldview – Part 2

2.) Bible Contradiction? Should we do what the Pharisees say to do?

3.) Answering the Critics Without Being Foolish

4.) Does Logic Presuppose Christianity? — Part 4: The Epistemology of Logic

5.) Does Presuppositional Apologetics Claim that Nonbelievers cannot know things?

6.) The British Empiricists

7.) One Less God

8.) Revelationary Apologetics Episode 2: General Theism / Problem of Evil

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

1.)Refuting the Friendly Atheist Question 24 – Psalm 22 Says Jesus Won

2.) Tips on apologetics

3.) Bible Contradiction? Was Solomon alone when he sacrificed 1000 burnt offerings at Gibeon?

4.) The Worship of Logic and Mathematics

5.) Christian Kindle Book Deals – 05/07/2020

6.) Strategic priorities in apologetics

7.) The Canonicity of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 1)

8.) Psalm 118 in Jesus’ last week

 

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between August 15-21st, 2019.

1.) Cave to the Cross Show: Mitch Stokes Interview – How To Be An Atheist – Part 1

2.) Bible contradiction? Which tribe was Hyram from?

3.) Confronting Atheistic Worldviews

4.) Are UFOs, Aliens and Flying Saucers Real? Plus New Proof concerning God

5.) Pushing The Antithesis – Part 5 – Alternative Worldviews

6.) Life Has No Meaning? 9 in 10 Young People in the UK Believe That

7.) Evolution, Mathematics, and God

8.) Looking for Lay-Level Videos on the Origins of the NT Canon? Here’s My New @Ligonier Series

9.) Saturday Homeschooling Update: Apologetics, Gardening, and Books

10.) Gated gardens

 

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Here are Presuppositional apologetics’ links gathered between August 15-21st, 2018.

1.)  The Problems of Evil Conference MP3s

2.) HONORING GOD IN YOUR APOLOGETICS

3.) Pastor Mike Winger on Presuppositionalism

4.) Cosmic simulation

5.) Would Paul the Apostle Debate Modern Evolutionists?

6.) The Folly of Atheism & Deism

7.) God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists

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Here’s an older debate with Jeff Durbin and Vocab Malone that Vocab has recently uploaded on his Youtube channel.  The two of them teamed up to debate two opponents concerning the worldview of Christianity and atheism.

What Jeff Durbin does is an example of Presuppositional apologetics in action.

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Here are the links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between January 22nd-31st, 2018.

1.) Defeating Relativism

2.) Where Josh McDowell and Presuppositionalists Agree: The Most Powerful Evidence for the Christian Faith

3.) Review: Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief

4.) Jason Lisle “The Ultimate Proof of Creation” Lecture at The Master’s Seminary

5.) Refuting Islam at Ground Level

6.) How to Defend the Christian Faith: Four Principles to Get Started

7.) Absolutely Subjective Moral Values

8.) Politics as Religion

9.) Atheists Know God Exists

10.) The Bible: is it guilty until proven innocent?

 

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As I’m going over this with a group of guys from my church I thought the following questions might be helpful for individuals and small groups to facilitate discussions and learning based upon the apologetics’ book “Ultimate Proof of Creation” by Jason Lisle.  It is a book that teaches Presuppositional apologetics that engages apologetics at the level of worldview.  Cornelius Van Til was instrumental in beginning this form of apologetics and others have developed and applied it.

For discussion questions for previous chapters click on the following:

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

The questions in this post will be for chapter 5 of the book.  Each question is followed by page numbers in parenthesis where the answer can be found.

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This past weekend there was a Theology Conference hosted by Reformed Forum and this year the subject is on the Reformation of Apologetics which focuses a lot on how Reformed Theology shapes apologetics’ methodology and Presuppositional apologetics.

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

1.) God Must Exist: The Proper Paradigm for Science

2.) This Is Apologetics: an Argument from Certainty

3.) Review: Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thoughts

4.) Bill Nye the Atheism Shill Guy Rides Again by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

5.) CSI Apologetics: Thoughts on Using Evidence in Apologetic Methodology

7.) Human Beings – the New Morality and Kind Determination

8.) Reverse ontological argument? A risky ploy for an atheist

9.) Are Humans Unique? Darwinians Say, “No.” God says, “Yes.”

 

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John Frame. Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thoughts.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, September 1st 1995. 463 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

I finally got around to reading and finishing John Frame’s interpretation of Christian apologist and theologian Cornelius Van Til.  This is probably long overdue given how long my interests is with Presuppositional apologetics and also having read so much of Frame’s works daily in my life for the last couple of years.  I must say that I probably appreciated this work in the current place in my life than I would have appreciated it ten years ago.  I do not always agree with John Frame being myself more in line with Greg Bahnsen’s approach towards apologetics but I have always found that even when I disagree with Frame he certainly gives much fuel for thought and as a result with interacting with his writings I have become more nuanced and achieved a better synthesis of what to believe.

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Someone was asking me about this book and I thought I had a review of this work on the blog but somehow I haven’t posted it!

Richard Pratt. Every Thought Captive.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 1st 1979. 142 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This book was written by Richard Pratt, the Old Testament professor out at Reformed Theological Seminary. Quite the well rounded professor, he wrote this work when he was much younger, for the purpose of training young Christians (high school age) in the defense of the Faith from a Van Tillian perspective. I appreciated Pratt’s effort of communicating Van Til’s school of apologetics in non-technical language. The thirteen lessons are perfect for sunday school material, and each lesson ends with several discussion questions. The book also has various drawings as visual aids, a plus for those who learn visually. The book also manage to critique popular non-Presuppositional apologetics in lesson nine, where Pratt provided a general yet gracious critique of Paul E. Little’s popular, “Why I Believe”. But the gist of the book was positive construction of the framework to engage in apologetics. The core of his apologetics methodology applied is found in lesson 11-13, and much of his attention is on the certainty-uncertainty dialectic found in the autonomous (what Pratt calls ‘independent’) man. The book close with an illustration of a hypothethical scenario of apologetics applied.

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I disagree with Frank Turek over many other areas but I thought this clip was helpful to strengthen one’s Presuppositional apologetics, though of course one must still be critical.

Frank Turek argues here how atheist needs God for science to be intelligible and meaningful.

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One of the men that have been influential in shaping my Christian thought life is John Frame.  Reading his work has been a delight and an experience of worship of God for His wisdom, glory and splendor.  His writings has helped me to think more clearly, biblically, and logically.  Since this is God’s World that we live in I think what I got the most from John Frame than other theologians is the hunger to see the beauty of the inter-relationship of…everything.  Doctrines relate to other doctrines.  Areas of philosophies need and presuppose other areas of philosophy.  There’s inter-relationships of academic disciplines.  There’s a relationship between theology and life.  Its like a symphony; they all go together in harmony because of God’s Wisdom.  There’s an apologetic there with the beautiful coherence of the Christian worldview, of God’s revelation between the Word and World.  Which is one of the aesthetically pleasing aspect of a robust Presuppositional apologetics.  But its more than an apologetics, it has made me live my life seeing living colors of God’s World.

What follows below are all four volumes of John Frame’s Theology of Lordship with links to my reviews that explains further why I recommend them.  I bought one volume at a time as a young seminarian without a lot of money, with the goal that after graduating I would be able to read them.  Then I slowly read 5-10 pages a day every morning and finished it.  They are doctrinal yet devotional, deep but “do-able,” deals with difficult topics but also demonstrate the deep dive of doctrines we see as more simple.

Review: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame

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Here are links related to Presuppositional apologetics gathered between May 1st-7th, 2017.

1.) Science Requires God

2.) Cornelius Van Til – 122nd Birthday

3.) Some Thoughts on the Lowder-Turek Debate

4.) The Trinity Expressed in All Creation through Unity and Diversity

5.) Fight the Good Fight

6.) God, evil, and illusion

7.) Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: An Introduction – Part 1

 

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Fishy self destruction

1.) With No Apology–Joe Boot of RZIM has a video on defending the faith with PDF document.

2.) Bibliography of the Writings of Cornelius Van Til

3.) The Nature and Use of Apologetic Evidences–Reformed Forum Show on the aftermath of Scott Oliphint’s debate in Unbelievable Program.

4.) A Special Apologetics Methodology Dividing Line part 1 and part 2–James White’s Dividing Line show also on the aftermath of Scott Oliphint’s debate in Unbelievable Program.

5.) The Presuppositional Approach to Engaging Feminism

6.) Arguing with Highly-evolved Societies of Bacteria – 7/6/2013

7.) The Failure of Philosophy is God’s Wrath Manifested

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