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Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended

Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended
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Bahnsen, Greg

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"Both the beginner and seasoned reader will benefit from Bahnsen's lucid presentation. "
- Dr. Lane Tipton, Westminster Theological Seminary

"I commend this book to all who seek to think God's thoughts after him."
- Dr. John M. Frame

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Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen (1948-1995) provided perhaps the clearest, most faithful, and most powerful advancement of Cornelius Van Til's presuppositional apologetics of anyone. This statement holds true both for Bahnsen's written scholarly work as well as his practical applications in both formal and informal debates and exchanges. Those knowledgeable of Van Til's “Copernican Revolution” in Christian apologetical method will understand the enormity of this compliment to Greg Bahnsen. Those not formerly introduced to Van Til or Bahnsen will understand shortly after beginning this volume—for this book presents the most clear, systematic, and rigorous statement and defense of Van Tillian presuppositional apologetics written to date.

This volume presents the systematic counterpart to Bahnsen's earlier publication, Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis. While that previous work included a broad and topical overview and explanation of Van Til's contribution—which, though highly organized according to an outline, and much more accessible than Van Til's own massive corpus of writing, still does not fully execute the task of a systematic work—this volume gets closer to an apologetical version of “systematic theology,” as opposed to, say, “biblical theology.” Both approaches provide vital understanding, and now we have both.

Note: prior to publication, the publisher had advertised this book under the title: "Van Til's Presuppositional Apologetics."

314 Pages
Published July 2009

Book Details

314 Pages
Publisher: American Vision
Publication Date: July 2009
ISBN 13: 9780915815555

"Greg Bahnsen provides a useful summary and defense of Cornelius Van Til's presuppositional apologetics. Presuppositional Apologetics is both engaging and insightful, demonstrating the fruit of a lifetime of careful study and thoughtful analysis of Van Til's system of thought. Both the beginner and seasoned reader will benefit from Bahnsen's lucid presentation. "
- Dr. Lane Tipton, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

"This book is an important part of the historical record. It is authentic Bahnsen, vintage Bahnsen. It displays brilliantly his intellectual gifts and his devotion to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life. Despite my differences with Bahnsen, I revere him yet today as a great blessing of God to the church and as one of the most brilliant apologists I have known. He seeks to set forth the comprehensive lordship of Christ over the human mind as over everything else, and he does that effectively. In that goal we should all be in agreement, and we should seek Bahnsen's help to become more consistent in our commitment to the Lord. So I commend this book to all who seek to think God's thoughts after him."
- Dr. John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL.