I suppose when most Christians refer to certain defenses made on behalf of Christianity, they tend to recommend specific lectures or books by learned apologists on the particular subject. It really is, "All right there! There are four reasons I tout this product above the competition. In the realm of law and government this thinking is horrendously common. They want to support a Christian end such as outlawing abortions, without making their arguments from Scripture verses Psalm , Psalm , etc.
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Booth is an apologetics textbook composed of the works of the late Greg Bahnsen — a notable advocate of presuppositional apologetics. The Christian should not be ashamed of this fact. Bahnsen continues to lay out the foundations of the presuppositional apologetic, citing Van Til and Calvin not a few times. He explains: The foregoing considerations not only establish that there is no neutral ground between the believers and unbelievers, but also that there is ever present common ground between the believer and the unbeliever.
All men have in common the world created by God, controlled by God, and constantly revealing God. In this case, any area of life or any fact can be used as a point of contact. The denial of neutrality secures, rather than destroys, commonality. He discusses the idea of autonomy: The non-Christian thinks that his thinking process is normal.
He thinks that his mind is the final court of appeal in all matters of knowledge. He takes himself to be the reference point for all interpretation of the facts. That is, he is epistemologically become a law unto himself: autonomous. Such is the Scriptural perspective and method. To put it another way: the proof that Christianity is true is that if it were not, we would not be able to prove anything.
However, section two provides a rich resource of practical answers to the most common attacks on Christianity. It is also less controversial.
And when all is said and done, it is not the theory of apologetics which defends the faith and stops the mouth of critics. Only the practice of apologetics can do that. This review, however, will not expand any further on the content in the second half. Straight-forward and to the point, Always Ready is an easier introduction to presuppositionalism than Van Til.
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God has chosen us to do His work through us and has called us to do it. Ultimate Proof of Creation. Bahnsen was very clear, and scripturally explains the ins and outs of apologetics why, how, what, etc. Bahnsen was the scholar-in-residence at the Southern California Center for Christian Studies and an ordained minister iin the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Davitor, Please, by all means, ask God for answers. The problem is that few actually encourage a truly hahnsen approach to defending the Christian faith. This says far more than I think is xlways realized.
Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith
This seemed a solid introduction to presuppositional apologetics. Spurgeon No I will never stop correcting your errors about God and hope you will repent and trust in Christ with your entire life, your ONLY salvation. The book also gives the reader a summary of various logical fallacies to look out for which unbeliever typically make, regardless of their range of intellectual ability. The second part adress several philosophical problems of our time naturalism, the problem of evil, plurality and relativism.
ALWAYS READY BY GREG BAHNSEN PDF