The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (5 of 10)

“Theology matters and theology determines apologetic methodology.” – Dr. James R. White

The entire program of presuppositional apologetics can be summed up in the “need for consistency” challenge constantly set forth by Dr. James R. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. If one ever wonders where the present day Greg Bahnsen of apologetics is one need look no further than Dr. White. Such a statement might ruffle some feathers, but having followed Dr. White’s ministry for a few years now I believe the statement is substantiated by the ministry delivered to Dr. White by the grace of God.

From C.L. …

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The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (4 of 10)

Happy Birthday Choosing Hats!

If I am going to post anything resembling an attempt to “toot my own horn” I might as well get it done early so that people will forget about it by the time I write on more significant contributing factors to the recent rise of covenantal apologetics.

Choosing Hats was founded by Brian Knapp and Chris Bolt in July of 2008 in an effort to promote Van Tilian presuppositional apologetics at an introductory level and free of charge on the Internet. Choosing Hats is four years old today, and the next issue of the In Antithesis

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The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (3 of 10)

Covenantal apologetics have virtually no place in the academy.

It’s not that they shouldn’t have a place in the academy. It’s just that they don’t.

But why would we expect anything different? Covenantal apologetics are firmly grounded in the Christian worldview and are used to cast down every thought exemplifying its antithesis. It is not merely that non-Christians will misunderstand or reject covenantal apologetics in an intellectual sense, but rather that they will not even like them. So we should not expect to see covenantal apologetics pulling up a chair next to Naturalistic Atheism or Thomistic Christianity in the …

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The God of Miscegenation: The Kinistic “woopsie!”

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)

According to the Kinist, each race should not “inter-mix” with those of other races.

What about the family who did that, and God was still pleased to bless them with a child of a different skin tone?

If we are to affirm “Kinism” as well as Christian Theism, then the kinist would have to affirm that God is a God of miscegenation. From here the Kinist has a couple of options

1) They  can abandon kinism, particularly the kind that entails that miscegenation is …

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Kinism – Refuting the Kinist Heresy (Brian Schwertley)

As I was continuing on into my exploration of the Presbyterian aberration called Kinism I was having great difficulty understanding how the Kinist believed their proof-texts from their Ten Theological Principles of Kinism supported their view. It was quite frankly incoherent. Thankfully, I was pointed to Brian Schwertley’s work: The Kinist Heresy: A Biblical Critique of Racism which addresses all the points much better than I ever could. While I may not agree with Brian on some minor points regarding Theonomy, I commend his work to anyone addressing Kinism. Brian discuses, in great detail, many of the proof-texts used by …

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The Transcendental Argument Against Dispensationalism: What is Dispensationalism?

As I mentioned in my first post in this series, I am not planning to make a historical argument against Dispensationalism. So, this post is not meant to be an outline of the historical development of Dispensationalism as much as it is meant to be an explanation of the core tenets of the system. What must one believe to be considered a Dispensationalist?

There are a few streams of Dispensationalism that exist, each with their own spin on the hermeneutic:

  1. Classical Dispensationalism
  2. Progressive Dispensationalism
  3. Hyper Dispensationalism

In this series, my goal is mainly to address the hermeneutic, interpretations and views …

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The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (2 of 10)

Douglas Wilson contends that there are, “…two tenets (of modern feminism): 1. men are jerks, and 2. women should strive by all means to become like them.” So who is this Doug Wilson? He is the witty guy who made the similar claim that, “There are two tenets of atheism: One, there is no God. Two, I hate him.” Wilson holds undergraduate degrees in Classical Studies and Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Idaho. He serves in Idaho as the pastor of Christ Church and is a professor at New Saint Andrews College (which he …

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The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (1 of 10)

Years ago (oh how time flies!) I read a series of posts by Mark Dever called, “Where’d All These Calvinists Come From?” You may read the series here. Dever provides observations pertaining to the apparent recent growth of Calvinist(ic) theology amongst younger generations as famously pointed out by Collin Hansen here. Some believe these claims erroneous. Others consider them truthful, good news. Others true, but harmful. Whatever your opinion on the matter, I suspect that the “New Calvinism” just has to be an improvement upon “Ancient Pelagianism.” And who wouldn’t agree that it is better to be “Young, …

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Kinism – Essentially Human After All (not a Daft Punk song)

There is an aberration in Presbyterianism that seems to rear its head now and again by a few individuals that jump into our chat channel. This aberration is called Kinism. It is not a view held by many within Presbyterianism and those that do hold it seem to follow from the Rushdoony line of thought. This post and those in this series will be asking questions for clarification and or addressing issues delineated at the so-called Christian Kinism blog.

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2. That all people are essentially humans, created by the hands of Almighty God and therefore they

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The Transcendental Argument Against Dispensationalism: Introduction

Over the course of the next [however long it takes me to do this], I will be posting a series which will seek to show that the Christian believer who holds to a Dispensational hermeneutic is not relying on sola scriptura to interpret the Bible and is instead, just like the Romanist, Muslim, Arminian or Atheist, relying upon tradition and his own autonomy to interpret scripture.

Let me make it clear that I do not believe that our Dispensationalist friends are not brothers or sisters in Christ. Rather, I am writing this because I believe they are in Christ but …

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