Sye TenBruggencate and Dustin Segers were on the Fundamentally Flawed podcast to discuss issues of God’s existence, the Christian Worldview and the Atheist Worldview. Dustin does a great job laying the debate out on the table in the first 20 minutes, but not only that, he leaves the hosts of Fundamentally Flawed without an excuse. Enjoy.Read more
Reformed Forum tweeted a deal form the WTS Bookstore where you can get the newly released Vol. 2 Apologetics Reader from Dr. Oliphint and Dr. Edgar. If you use the coupon code “olphint-edgar” you can get $5 off the price.…Read more
I was reading the lyrics to Shai Linne’s latest single that will be part of his new “Attributes of God” album and had a few thoughts come to mind regarding the use of this media in apologetics. I will only highlight one here, namely, the positive case for the Christian worldview. What I mean by this is what Paul modeled at Athens where he gave the stoics and philosophers a crash course in Theology. Paul built a foundation from which Christ and His work would be interpreted. But as can be seen in Acts, Paul was stopped when he mentioned …Read more
Reformed Forum had Dr. Oliphint on to speak on the Clark/Van Til controversy which I found helpful as an introduction to the issues at hand. This seems like a good discussion to start out your perusal of this controversy if you are so inclined. However the more interesting part of this discussion for me were the following locations:
- Minute 37 God and Logic – What is the relation? What about paradox?
- Minute 43 Transcendental Arguments and the Impossibility of the Contrary (as a methodological approach) used in non-Christian Theism.
In the time after minute 43 the answer Dr. Oliphint gives …Read more
One of the complaints against the use of the Transcendental Argument for God involves a denial of the claim that there are fundamentally only two worldviews. The Christian claim is that all non-Christian worldviews have at root the principle of autonomy. Autonomy is not only rebellion towards the Christian God but an active suppression of the personal knowledge of Him and a turning away to worship the creature instead of the Creator. It is a rejection of the authority of the Creator over all of reality. Van Til illustrated this using Eve and her reasoning at the time of the …Read more
I have found these to be quite helpful.
Apologetics Van Til, Bahnsen, Oliphint (iTunesU link)
History and Nature of Apologetics by Dr. Cornelius Van Til (iTunesU link)
Doctrine of God by Dr. Scott Oliphint (iTunesU link)
Christ and Human Thought by Dr. Cornelius Van Til (iTunesU link)
* These are all available from the Westminster Theological Seminary Resources website though you may need to create an account to download them.…Read more
I posted about the NEXT 2011 conference a while back and noted that they were covering what seemed to be a basis for presuppositional apologetics. The lectures are available for download now and they will not disappoint. Jeff Purswell starts out the conference with covering the creator/creature distinction which he did very well and much in line with what Van Til espoused. Dr. Scott Oliphint had an enlightening lecture as well especially regarding the knowledge of God in the unbeliever, and D.A. Carson exegeted Acts 17 faithfully and clearly. R.C. Sproul, while a great Theologian, had some interesting things to …Read more
A common objection or typical misrepresentation of what Van Til taught in respect to presuppositional apologetics is that nonbelievers cannot or do not know anything. This usually stems from a misunderstanding of how the Christian view of epistemology works in practice and in principle regarding the nonbeliever as espoused by people who adhere to presuppositionalism. But first, let us allow Dr. Van Til speak for himself on this point as this objection will often be raised in the form “I heard Van Til wrote that nonbelievers don’t know anything.”
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Still further, it is when we presuppose with Calvin that all