Category Archives: Apologetics

Fighting morally with rebellion

People try to persuade us that the objections against Christianity spring from doubt. The objections against Christianity spring from insubordination, the dislike of obedience, rebellion against all authority. As a result people have hitherto been beating the air in their … Continue reading

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Presuppositional hermeneutics

If the [biblical] story is true, Jesus Christ is the interpretative key to every fact in the universe and, of course, the Bible is one such fact. He is thus the hermeneutic principle that applies first to the Bible as … Continue reading

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Atheism’s Absolute Presupposition

We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the … Continue reading

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Van Til’s Circular Meanderings

I hold that belief in God is not merely as reasonable as other belief, or even a little or infinitely more probably true than other belief; I hold rather that unless you believe in God you can logically believe in … Continue reading

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Five Views on Circularity

I recently read Five Views on Apologetics, edited by Stephen B. Cowan, and found it a stimulating read. In a volume of this nature the articles inevitably lack the depth that those well-versed in apologetic methodology would appreciate. But, it … Continue reading

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Kelly James Clark on Presuppositionalism

Clark is no fan of presuppositionalism. Here are some quotes from Stephen B. Cowan (ed.), Five Views on Apologetics. (No idea what the page numbers are. It’s the kindle edition.) On Van Til: Although I have read some of the published writings … Continue reading

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1 Peter 3:15

This verse contains the the biblical justification for Christian apologetics and is embraced by all apologists regardless of their chosen apologetic method. The apostle Peter describes believers as: “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you … Continue reading

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What is a Cow?

“Suppose that I am a scientist investigating the life and ways of a cow. What is this cow? I say it is an animal. But that only pushes the question back. What is an animal? To answer that question I … Continue reading

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Van Til and the Idealism of Bosanquet

After some initial comments on the method of systematic theology, Van Til then moves on to address the views of some prominent British Idealists, particularly those of Bernard Bosanquet (Introduction to Systematic Theology (2007), p27-28). Unfortunately, Van Til’s comments at … Continue reading

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The Method of Systematic Theology

Van Til claims that “the method of Christian theism [is] the method of implication” (Introduction, p27). By this, Van Til means a combination of a priori and a posteriori approaches to systematic theology. Putting things simply, a priori knowledge is … Continue reading

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