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Why I believe in Presuppostional Apologetics
by Tom. Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:05 PM
Reason in Apologetics
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Bahnsen vs Sproul Debate
by JesusFan. Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:17 AM
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Yesterday at 12:09 PM What is the Lombardian Formula by John_C
Came across something new this morning - Lombardian Formula. It deals with the atonement, and from some googling has it been re-formulated by those in the Reformed community. Is it just strictly - sufficient for all; efficient for the elect?

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Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:41 PM Reason in Apologetics by Tom
Reason in Apologetics

I thought this deserved its own thread.

God endorses "reason" and it is perfectly fine to use reason in our apologetics. (Isa. 1:18)
However, reading in Col. Chapter 2 that "all treasures of wisdom and knowledge are deposited in Christ."
We see that reason is not autonomous, but neither does it reject reasoning altogether. Rather, reason depends on Christ who is the source of all knowledge.
When we abandon Christ in our reasoning, in favour of a neutral position. We in essence ("in principle" Bahnsen) abandon Christ. For Christ is the source of where knowledge must be found.

As Bahnsen says:[quote]"The Bible teaches us, therefore, that "reason" is not to be taken as some neutral authority in man's thinking. It is rather the intellectual capacity with which God created man, a tool to be used in serving and glorifying the ultimate authority of God Himself."[\quote]

In light of this, the question can be asked.
Is appealing to the evidential side, appealing to a (so called) neutral authority position? (Note, unbeliever's think they are taking a neutral position.)
If you answer no, please explain your reason.

Tom

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Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:10 AM Why I believe in Presuppostional Apologetics by Tom
Why I believe in Presuppositional Apologetics
As a student of Presuppositional Apologetics, I feel I have hardly scratched the surface of all the issues, but already I have understood enough to be convinced that it is thoroughly biblical. That is not to say that I am not tempted to fall back on evidentialism to try to give a reason for the hope (confidence) that is in me. (1 Peter 3:15)
Thinking of ways to describe why I believe it is thoroughly biblical, I could write pages and pages on this, but it is not my intention to do so. Rather my intention is to be as brief as possible.
With that in mind I can think of no better portion of Scripture that shows Presuppositional Apologetics than Romans 1:20-21. Of course I am not using this portion of Scripture to show the full scope of the Presuppositional method. Rather, I am using it as a starting point of why this method is so important.
“ For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Romans 1:20-21 KJV
William Hendriksen says the following. “… The reference is rather to the works of creation: the works of God which for a very long time, in fact ever since the creation of the universe, have been visible to men and have made their indelible impression on their minds.”
These verses show that everyone whether they claim to be atheists or not know there is a God. Therefore their wicked deeds are inexcusable. If we as Christians take this seriously, we must come to the conclusion that by using the unbelievers methods, we are in essence not using the method God shows us directly in this and other passages. Therefore, it is not built on faith, but the autonomy of man.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV
One thing I am finding out is this method is extremely humbling. It is comforting to realize that we can depend on God through the whole process. Yet, at the same time it comes with a huge responsibility. I must be diligent in renewing my mind, if I want my faith to grow in Him. (Rom. 12:2; Phil 4:8-9; Heb. 3:1)
Tom


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Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:20 AM Bahnsen vs Sproul Debate by Tom
As I said in another thread, one of the things I hope to do is listen to the Greg Bahnsen vs RC Sproul debate.
During my google search for that debate, I came upon someone's evaluation of that debate. Although I have yet to watch the debate, I thought the evaluation and the comment section was interesting.
Thought others might be interested in looking at it.
http://godorabsurdity.blogspot.ca/2014/04/bahnsen-vs-sproul-debate.html

Tom

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Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:24 PM What makes a church confessional by John_C
Can a non-denominational, independent Reformed Baptist church be confessional? They may have their own confessional beliefs, but they can change any confessions within the local church without having the approval of a larger body. When we say a confessional church what do we mean?

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