Posts Tagged ‘Van Tillian apologetics’

Here are links related to Presuppositional Apologetics gathered between June 8th-14th, 2017.

1.) Collection of 40 Apologetics Illustrations

2.) Understanding Cornelius Van Til

3.) Twinkleless AND Clueless

4.) Review of All Three John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings Volumes

5.) Socially-conditioned belief

6.) The Essential Van Til — God not God

7.) It is to Laugh


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Foundation is important

Where you stand your grounds on is important.  Let’s hope it’s a good foundation.  In the areas of worldviews, philosophy and religion, Presuppositional apologetics stresses that there is one true and possible foundation for the Transcendental necessity of making all of human experience intelligible and meaningful: the Triune God and His self-evidencing revelation.

Here’s some links related to Presuppositional apologetics between May 22nd-31st 2013.  What other links can you suggests?

1.) Islam is Self-Impaling–Mike Robinson offers a brief Presuppositional introduction.

2.) Questions about Apologetics and Worldview: What does the Bible mean when it says “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’ ”?–A verse often cited, put in it’s context.

3.) Presuppositional Apologetics Interview (objections to the method) with Resequitur–Our friend Pat interviews Resequitur of Choosing Hats Blog.

4.) Tornadoes and the sovereign plan of God–An Apologia Radio show in light of the recent disaster in Oklahoma.

5.) Dr. Jason Lisle reviews How to Answer the Fool–Sye’s new movie gets a review.

6.) Stephen King Is Evidence For God’s Existence–Dr. Christopher Cone makes a point from Stephen King’s life.

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The following are lists of ways apologetics in general and Presuppositional apologetics in particular has helped me in becoming a better Biblical counselor (not that I’ve arrived, but I push forward…).

1.) Apologetics in general has made me think more clearly and logically.  This has helped me become more clear and nuance in how I counsel others.

2.) Apologetics in general has made me listen to others more carefully and ask questions to clarify what they mean and why they think what they think and do what they do.

3.) Apologetics in general has led me to see an additional tool in my counseling:  sometimes in addressing troubling statements a counselee make, I write several of the important ones down and then assigned them to think it through what might be problematic and unbiblical with their statements.  Then when we meet we see what they come up with on their own, praising God what they themselves identify while also gently pointing out things they might have missed or need further elaboration on.  This exercise is often logically rigorous and I find the application of apologetics to be a helpful training for this.

4.) Presuppositional apologetics in particular has made me more conscious that people often do things because of their worldview.  Hence, in counseling I’m now more conscious of identifying unbiblical presuppositions that people embrace that might be driving their problems.

5.) Presuppositional apologetics in particular has made me more conscious about the issue of authority and Van Tillian’s emphasis on Scripture reinforces the importance of using Scripture to skillfully apply it to my life and the life of others concerning our problems.  It makes me resolve to study the Scripture and see it’s implication in addressing practical issues.

6.) Per point 5, Presuppositional apologetics in particular has also been helpful for me to realize that often sins and destructive behaviors that is irrational according to Christian thought would seem “rational” if its the outworking that follows from their own worldview.  Hence, it’s important to see that the issue of their idolatry (the root of the problem) be addressed (be it the desire for pleasure at any cost, pride, etc), since it is driving everything.

7.) Presuppositional apologetics in particular reminds of the Nouetic effect of sin and that appealing to what is rational and reasonable is not enough if one’s will is already set.   This leads me to see the importance of prayer, using the Law of God to appeal to the conscience and drawing out the Gospel so as to affect an individual’s affection.

8.) Presuppositional apologetics in particular with their emphasis on the effect of sin upon our all faculty has also humbled me greatly and guard me against self-righteousness when I counsel others.  I realize I am a sinner in need of Grace: that as the counselor, I can make mistake and therefore I need to ask a lot of questions so that I know what’s really is going on rather than assume; it has also made me realize my own sin and need to apply the same medicine I’m giving; it has also made me realize that if I am wrong with how I counsel, I must also confess it to my counselee.

9.) Presuppositional apologetics made me realize that at the root of all our problems we need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

10.) Presuppositional apologetics makes me realize that at the core of many problems, such as sexual sins, drugs, etc, it is an issue of worship.  The truth of God makes me want to worship God even more for His greatness.  Presuppositional apologetics and John Frame’s Perspectivalism makes me worship God to see the beauty of God’s truth as a coherent whole, complementing and having implications for other spheres.  The inter-relationship of apologetics and Biblical counseling is beautiful.  We need to have doxological apologetics.

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There’s much internet buzz with Sye Ten Bruggencate with anew DVD coming out recording him going out to college campuses applying Presuppositional apologetics.  Sye has definitely been immersed with much materials from Greg Bahnsen and Cornelius Van Til.  I’m looking forward to seeing it.  I am thankful for what God is doing through Sye.  We need to keep praying for our apologists, those involved with the work in academia and those who take it to the streets and applying it.

Here’s a lecture he gave for a conference in which he teaches on Presuppositional apologetics:



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