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Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended

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What once was lost, now is found! Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen, the definitive champion of Cornelius Van Til's revolutionary Reformed apologetical method, wrote this systematic treatise and defense of Biblical apologetics many years before his untimely death. Dr. Bahnsen received the typeset proofs for editing, but due to the unfortunate accidents of history the only copy was lost. ...more
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Published 2009 by American Vision and Covenant Media Press
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Following in the footsteps of Cornelius Van Til, Greg Bahnsen passionately and logically argues for presuppositional apologetics—not as one among many approaches, but as the only right approach in presenting the Christian faith. For Bahnsen, all other approaches are not merely insufficient, but they sinfully dishonor the word of God and the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Greg Bahnsen cannot be faulted for lack of clarity. His point is unmistakable: presuppositional apologetics is the only approach to
While Bahnsen's "Always Ready" has been read widely than perhaps any of his other works, I think this current volume by Bahnsen is much more superior to "Always Ready" and recommended as the first work to read as an introduction to Bahnsen's work. The book was "lost" for several decades, originally written by the author as a chapter to another book. The project became big enough to be a separate volume! It is incredible to think that he wrote this as a young man in his mid-twenties. I have met p ...more
Adam T Calvert
This is truly an exceptional work on presuppositional apologetics. Complementary to his book, 'Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis,' which is a comprehensive address of what presuppositional apologetics is, in this work Bahnsen offers an outright defense of presuppositional apologetics and a critique of those who have mistakenly been labeled as presuppositionalists.

Part one addresses the method and defense of presuppositional apologetics as the only Biblically and theologically consisten
Not quite as thorough as "Van Til's Apologetic" and not quite as easily readable as "Pushing the Antithesis," but this work is still quite good.
I can see why Bahnsen did not publish this when he was alive. Very uncharitable readings of the individuals he critiques.
Bahnsen introduced me to presuppositional apologetics with his famous work “Van Til’s Apologetic.” Now, this is not the path I recommend. That work is long, complex, and challenging. It is the kind of book to move onto, after starting with an introductory work. My next read was John Frame’s “Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought.” Again—this is not an introductory work—at least not for the layman. This left me in search of a good way to introduce readers to presuppositional apologetics w ...more
Patrick S.
The lost book of Bahnsen! Bahnsen sets out to write a more straightforward layout for the presuppositional apologetic (aka reformed epistemology). If you've read Jason Lisle "The Ultimate Proof For Creation", this is the grad level or higher level version of that. In fact, you can see where Lisle has borrowed from the fine work of Bahnsen. This is my second year of studying presuppositionalism and it has transformed not only my apologetic method but also strengthened my faith and walk with the L ...more
Jacob O'connor
What if God doesn't exist? What if He had never revealed Himself? What if the Bible is the fabrication of man? What if the naturalists were right all along?

This would lead to problems. Some of which: how could you exist to read these questions? Why would the words in the sentences make any sense? How could you reason through them? How could you make value judgments? Or know truth?

The fact is, God does exist. He did reveal Himself, and the Bible should be the starting point working these things
Mike Awtry
A pretty good read as an overview of presuppositional apologetics. But if you're able to read Cornelius Van Til's "Defense of the Faith," I suggest you do that instead.
Tim Woody
One of my most favorite books on apologetics. Bahnsen really helped me to develope a stronger method to Christian Apologetics. The way he lifts God up as the center and one who we dont measure of weigh against other gods and systems of thought, instead presupposing God and watching as every other system falls around it. Very readable, although it can be a bit technical at times for those who may not be familiar with the lingo.
Great book. Very clear and complete explanation of presuppositional apologetics.
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Greg L. Bahnsen was an influential Calvinist Christian philosopher, apologist, and debater. He was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies.
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