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 Presuppositional apologetics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Presuppositional apologetics is a school of Christian apologetics, a field of Christian theology that attempts to (1) present a rational basis for the Christian faith, (2) defend the faith against objections, and (3) attack the alleged flaws of other worldviews.
The origins of presuppositional apologetics are in the work of Dutch theologian Cornelius Van Til, a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, who began to adopt a presuppositional approach to defending the truth of his faith as early as the late 1920s.
As of 2005, presuppositional apologetics has established itself securely as a legitimate perspective on apologetics, although its appeal remains largely limited to Christians whose theology is Calvinist in origin.
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 APOLOGETICS, by B.B. Warfield
Apologetics undertakes not the defense, not even the vindication, but the establishment, not, strictly speaking, of Christianity, but rather of that knowledge of God which Christianity professes to embody and seeks to make efficient in the world, and which it is the business of theology scientifically to explicate.
Apologetics is the name which most naturally suggests itself, and it is the name which, with more or less accuracy of view as to the nature and compass of the discipline, has been consecrated to this purpose by a large number of writers from Schleiermacher down (e.g.
Having defined apologetics as the proof of the truth of the Christian religion, many writers naturally confine it to what is commonly known somewhat loosely as the "evidences of Christianity." Others, defining it as "fundamental theology," equally naturally confine it to the primary princi-pies of religion in general.
www.reformed.org /apologetics/warfield_apologetics.html   (4106 words)

 Apologetics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Apologetics is the field of study concerned with the systematic defense of a position.
Religious apologetics is the effort to show that the preferred faith is not irrational, that believing in it is not against human reason, and that in fact the religion contains values and promotes ways of life more in accord with human nature than other faiths or beliefs.
The Presuppositional tradition argues that belief in God must be presupposed, and from that vantage point non-theistic assumptions are proven to be fallacious.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Apologetics   (3239 words)

 The inseparable link between Reformed Theology and Presuppositional Apologetics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Apologetics is the branch of theology dealing with the defense and proof of Christianity.
Apologetics in no way refers to being sorry (apologizing) for one's faith; on the contrary, it involves being proud enough of one's faith to defend it.
The presuppositional method refuses to allow the non-believer to be comfortable by reasoning from his "mind set on the flesh." In keeping with Scripture, this method recognizes that the non-believer's very reasoning about God is faulty and challenges him from that point.
www.reformed.org /apologetics/baird.html   (1665 words)

 JOLLYBLOGGER: Presuppositional and Evidential Apologetics
Presuppositional apologetics is a school of Christian apologetics, a field of theology which attempts to (1) present a rational basis for the Christian faith, (2) defend the faith against objections, and (3) attack the perceived flaws of other worldviews.
This presupposition of moral neutrality is the presupposition of an atheistic worldview.
As far as apologetics pave the way for the gospel, they may have some value, but it's helpful to keep in mind that it is the power of the Holy Spirit working through the proclamation of the gospel that is ultimately persuasive and powerful to convert.
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 Presuppositional Apologetics
Paul: Your presupposition is that there is no God, therefore, no matter what I might present to you to show His existence, you must interpret it in a manner consistent with your presupposition; namely, that there is no God.
Presuppositional apologetics differs from Classical apologetics "in that presuppositional apologetics rejects the validity of traditional proofs for the existence of God."
A presupposition is an assumption that is taken for granted.
www.carm.org /apologetics/presuppositional.htm   (561 words)

 Apologetics - Theopedia
Apologetics may be contrasted with polemics which refers to the practice of challenging and refuting doctrinal errors within the same belief system (or religion).
Apologetics, therefore, may be viewed as dialogue to defend Christianity to non-Christians and polemics as dialogue internal to Christianity.
The early church fathers are sometimes categorized as either polemicists or apologists based on the thrust of their writings.
www.theopedia.com /Apologetics   (752 words)

Apologetics gave birth to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and continues to be its legacy and reputation.
Apologetics is thus required to argue in such a way as to strip away the autonomous and rebellious "glasses" through which unbelievers look at the revelational facts.
Furthermore, once Van Til's presuppositional approach to proof and evidence is analyzed, it becomes readily apparent that his method is not only open to the use of empirical evidences in the defense of the faith, it encourages and requires it.
www.cmfnow.com /articles/pa064.htm   (13600 words)

Presuppositional apologetics as taught by Cornelius Van Til urges the Christian to argue with unbelievers in an "indirect" fashion, doing an internal analysis of the unbeliever's worldview (his fundamental assumptions about reality, knowledge, and ethics) and comparing it to the worldview revealed in the Bible.
Many students of apologetics have come to see the strength of this apologetical challenge when it is applied to the various kinds of views advocated by atheists or materialists.
Van Til's presuppositional method is concrete, not abstract or formal; he does not offer for dialog with the unbeliever merely the worldview of a generic god of some undetermined nature and character, but the specific and full worldview of Biblical Christianity.
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 Theistic Apologetics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Presuppositional apologetics have become prominent in recent years due to the work of several reformed scholars including Cornelius Van Til, Gordon Clark, E. Carnell, and Francis Schaeffer.
The central idea behind presuppositional apologetics is the fact that everyone does have certain presuppositions, no matter what their world view.
A sound presuppositional apologetic belongs in the arsenal of the modern Christian communicator, because it is frequently very effective in public speaking, and in gaining respect in one on one conversations, especially with well educated and intelligent hearers.
www.xenos.org /classes/papers/theistic.htm   (3874 words)

 Paul S   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Van Til was not necessarily a seminal writer on the subject of presuppositional apologetics; however, he did popularize presuppositional thought and methodology, and it has been extended to the end of the twentieth century by a few theologians such as Doctors Greg Bahnsen, John Frame, and Rousas Rushdoony, to name a few.
This foundational presupposition, on both sides of the issue, comes from the Bible, which is why is it so very important in the midst of discourse with a non-Christian that the apologist prove that working from presuppositions is a trait of all men.
Presuppositional apologetics is thoroughgoing in its anthropology, and its worldview for that matter.
www.libarts.ucok.edu /english/rhetoric2/research/paul.htm   (3052 words)

 Frontline Ministries - Does Presuppositional Apologetics Use Circular Reasoning?
Evidential apologetics is wholly inadequate for the task of removing the bricks within the rebel's wall.
Only a presuppositional approach to apologetics is able to effectively attack and dismantle the fortress of relativism, apathy, and cynicism that the sinner has erected in an effort to barricade himself from the truth.
The approach of presuppositionalism is to apply a presuppositional apologetic to the heart and mind of the postmodernist, shake him from his relativistic slumbers, and thereby press upon him the demand of God's holy Law and the glorious hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
www.frontlinemin.org /apolpresupp.asp   (1668 words)

 Parableman: Vox Apologia X: Presuppositional Apologetics
My Presuppositional Apologetics argues against the idea of presuppositional apologetics, at least as it's normally construed.
Apologetics, when serving its evangelistic purpose, is only a part of the evangelistic enterprise, just as serving someone's physical needs is only part of it.
Apologetics may lead someone to true beliefs without that, just as other things in life may lead someone to leading a good life without that, and the Reformed view of common grace takes that to be the work of God even so.
parablemania.ektopos.com /archives/2005/03/vox_apologia_x.html   (930 words)

 Introduction to Pauline Apologetics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
A person's presuppositions are not necessarily self-consciously identified, but everyone has them none the less ­ from the man in the street to the Ph.D. philosopher.
In the apologetic debate, one of the goals is to expose this fideistic element in the opponent's worldview.
Presupposition is philosophical notion of radical free-will of man. "Responsibility implies ability." Man is autonomous in salvation.
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 Apologetics Booklet, 05/07/87
The presuppositional position is that one should not try to isolate the apologetic task from the evangelical witness and the theological context.
The apologetic task must be carried out on this most ultimate level because, contrary to evidentialism, regenerate man and non-regenerate man cannot agree upon some common scales upon which to weigh evidence.
With presuppositional apologetics, the uneducated Galilean fisherman or even the child can have a truly effective apologetic, like the apologetic found in the children's song: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." And yet this apologetic is not mindless or arbitrary.
capo.org /cpc/apolo00.htm   (3645 words)

 Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction Part 2 of 2: “Fall and Redemption” and “Summary and Conclusion”
The goal of apologetics (for apologetics is nothing more than an aspect of evangelism) is conversion in the fullest sense.
Apologetic argument is not, as it is sometimes presented, “the basis” of Christian faith.
Apologetics must have that same goal; and thus the apologist must challenge the unbeliever to a radical change of thought and life, while modeling that new thought and life in his own words and actions.
www.thirdmill.org /files/english/html/pt/PT.h.Frame.Presupp.Apol.2.html   (3685 words)

 ryan::wentzel » Apologetics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Therefore, in light of the examination of 1 Peter 3:15, the evidentialist method of apologetics should not be used by Christians who desire to truly honor God in their apologetic method because Christ has not been sanctified as Lord over all parts of the system it presupposes.
The evidentialist school of apologetics has generally criticized Van Til’s presuppositional method, claiming that it is an inadequate method to use because of its use of circularity, to name one reason.
This view lies at the heart of the presuppositional apologetic proposed by Cornelius Van Til which will be examined in more detail later, but what is important to understand at this point is that circular reasoning involves arguing for a certain conclusion inside the structure of a presupposed context.
ryan.thewentzels.org /archives/category/apologetics   (3987 words)

 BTS: Bahnsen Theological Seminary
Topics that are covered include neutrality, antithesis, revelational epistemology, application and illustration of presuppositional method, conditions of success and evaluation of alternative methods of defending the faith.
An in-depth exposition of presuppositional apologetics as pioneered by Cornelius Van Til and further elaborated by Greg Bahnsen.
Topics covered include Van Til's place in the history of apologetics, his apologetic method, his views on the knowledge of God, the doctrine of Scripture, the nature of the antithesis between believers and unbelievers, and his contribution to theology.
www.scccs.org /bts/courses/apo.asp   (324 words)

 Presuppositional Apologetics- Cornelius Van Til   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Though he rejects traditional apologetics (like the fideist), he is willing to refute non-Christian views and give one argument for his beliefs (unlike the fideist).
Although Frame recognized the worth of this argument for apologetics, he did not believe it was the only valid argument for Christianity.
As the last chapter showed, traditional apologetics is on much more solid ground than the presuppositional apologetics of either Van Til or Clark would admit.
www.biblicaldefense.org /Research_Center/Apologetics/Presuppositional_Apologetics/cornelius_van_till.htm   (3360 words)

Apologetics however are the bread and butter of fundamentalist theology.
Apologetics is not a productive approach to discovering how the world works; science is not a productive method for making the world conform to the Bible.
It's the job of presuppositional apologetics to correct your presuppositions.
www.geocities.com /lclane2/apologetics.html   (177 words)

 Frontline Ministries - Presuppositional Apologetics and the Moral Government of God
In applying this material to our presuppositional apologetic, my thought was, “To what degree is the conscience of man afflicted when the inconsistencies in his world view are exposed?
It is my desire to write an apologetic methodology that takes a very calculated aim at the conscience of man. I want to answer Comfort’s charge that apologetics falls short of afflicting the moral conscience.
In our apologeticreasoning” with the unbeliever, we must remember that the conscience of man must be reached BEFORE the sinner is ready to abandon his cherished intellectual fallacies.
www.frontlinemin.org /moralgov.asp   (3333 words)

 Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction Part 1 of 2: Introduction and Creation
But the presupposition itself, the general disposition to follow Jesus, plus those beliefs which are inseparable from that disposition, persist through these changes.
And since Christian presuppositions underlie all of the Christian’s reasoning, then our argument for the truth of Christianity itself must be, in a certain sense, circular.
It tends to connote an opposition between “presuppositions” and “evidences” that is foreign to my own thinking, and it obscures important differences among the various so-called presuppositionalists, especially between Cornelius Van Til and Gordon H. Clark.
www.thirdmill.org /files/english/html/pt/PT.h.Frame.Presupp.Apol.1.html   (4377 words)

 Approaching Cults and World Religions from
Van Til believed that “Apologetics is the vindication of the Christian philosophy of life against the various forms of the non-Christian philosophy of life.”[9] It was important for him to give brief expositions of Christian theology in his works on apologetics.
As stated earlier apologetics is “the vindication of the Christian philosophy of life against the various forms of the non-Christian philosophy of life.” A life philosophy is a worldview.
The supreme example of evidentialist apologetics is found in the New Testament itself, where the historical resurrection of Christ is viewed by the various writers not only as proof of his divinity but also as a validation of the New Testament’s entire salvific message (pg.
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 Classical Apologetics - Title Information - Book   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
This work on apologetics examines the classical arguments for the existence of God (ontological and Thomistic arguments), discusses the philosophical issues that confront contemporary apologetics, and provides an incisive critique of presuppositional apologetics.
Section III is given over to a critique of presuppositionalism in apologetics, particularly with reference to the thought of Cornelius Van Til.
Classical Apologetics will help the thoughtful Christian understand his or her faith better, and it will provide more solid grounds for sharing this faith with others.
www.zondervan.com /detail.asp?ISBN=0310449510   (192 words)

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