by C.L. Bolt
(Thanks to InterVarsity Press for providing a review copy of this book!)
Moreland, J. P. and Tim Muehlhoff. The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith. Downersgrove, IL: Intervarsity, 2017. 179pp. $16.00.
“He who wishes to philosophize by using Aristotle without danger to his soul must first become thoroughly foolish in Christ.” – Martin Luther (29th Thesis, 1518 Heidelberg Disputation)
Disclaimer: Ben Woodring made me promise to be nice in this post.
On the most recent episode of the newly named Wittenberg Project podcast featuring Caleb Keith from 1517 Legacy and Thinking Fellows, the presuppositional apologetic method is described as making arguments from a presupposition that the Bible is the inerrant word of God.
Me: So…wait, are you just examining Christianity?
Former Atheist: Yes, very much so.
Former Atheist: I’m examining a lot of stuff actually.
We had the opportunity to interview Brian Knapp, co-founder and former contributor of Choosing Hats on my podcast The Regular Reformed Guys.
We talked about what the transcendental argument is, why it is a more biblical, and effective means of doing apologetics, and we talked about the modern development of Van Til’s work.
For a variety of historical reasons American Presbyterians throughout the nineteenth century were fully committed to the Enlightenment and scientific methods as the surest means for arriving at truth. Though still believing in the authority of Scripture, the best—or at least the most widely accepted—way of demonstrating the truth of the Bible was by appealing to reason and Scripture’s harmony with nature and the self-evident truths of human experience.
Just a reminder for those who may be new to Covenantal Apologetics (Presuppositionalism) or the Transcendental Argument for the existence of God (TAG)
It goes without saying that I’ll recommend pretty much anything written by James N. Anderson of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Here’s my summary of his most recent book, Why Should I Believe Christianity?, available to members of Books At a Glance.
(You may also be interested in the summary of A New Kind of Apologist edited by Sean McDowell.)
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A new(ish) women’s theology blog – She Disciples – recently published an article about Presuppositionalism and the problems with evidentialism.
We suggest you check it out: http://www.shedisciples.com/problem-evidence-apologetics/
It’s Christmas time and that means it’s time for the History channel and a variety of other media outlets to play all of their best “the truth behind the Star of Bethlehem” “Jesus never existed and he was a very nice man” documentaries.
Inevitably you will hear or be involved in arguments about the virgin birth of Christ. Usually, on the internet, this means you’ll also be introduced to a myriad of sex jokes about Mary and Joseph.
In the spirit of holiday cheer, here are a couple of things to keep in mind, and perhaps share with those well-meaning jokesters intent on taking all the fun out of celebrating Christ’s birth.