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Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction Paperback – February 1, 1994
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Frame, following Van Til, spends a good bit of time in this book arguing that atheism in particular, and all non-Christian thought in general, is guilty of being both rationalistic and irrationalistic at the same time in ways that are incoherent. Frame strongly believes that only Christianity is capable of avoiding this serious problem, and that in our discussions with non-Christians, the incoherence of his system should be an important part of our apologetic in terms of playing offense.
His transcendental twist on more traditional forms of apologetics is good for several reasons. First, contra Van Til, Frame acknowledges that a transcendental argument, in order to be persuasive, needs to incorporate elements of classical and evidential apologetics (though Van Til was not totally against these things at all, he just seemed a bit reticent to incorporate them into his own system). The transcendental twist is clearly driven by Frame's conviction that metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics inform each other and are all essential to knowledge. Frame's basic point is that without God, intelligibility is impossible. We cannot understand concepts like cause, motion, evidence, ethics, or anything else without presupposing God.Read more ›
Why I would recommend this book: Christ is Lord and is placed at the center of the apologetics instead of man. Even as an academically untrained Christian, I saw the need for the church to quit putting man at the center of everything and put Christ and His Word back on the throne. It may be harder to take the faith approach because it strips us of the ability to woo people with wise and persuasive words, and returns us to a place where we trust God to demonstrate His power in genuine heart conversion.
If you like(d) this book, be sure to check out Greg L. Bahnsen's _Van Til's Apologetic: Readings & Analysis_ (generically speaking- Bahnsen agrees more with Van Til than Frame does) and also Stephen E. Parrish's _God and Necessity: A Defense of Classical Theism_ for more on this kind of argumentation.
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In typical manner, Dr. John M. Frame, presents his case in a clear and irenic fashion. This book is an excellent introduction to the apologetics of Dr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by STRANGER&PILGRIM1972
Dr. Frame's book is a great introduction to the field of apologetics. This work is very readable and would serve as a great resource for those who wish to strengthen their... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nate Praytor
When I was still very new to Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics, I attempted to read John Frame’s Apologetics to the Glory of God but eventually stopped because it seem to... Read morePublished 20 months ago by SLIMJIM
If you need a book on Christian Apologetics, and are uncertain as to the prevailing world views around you, you cannot go wrong with this book.Published 22 months ago by Gregory Hill
In this book, John M. Frame sheds needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Luis A. R. Branco
This book is solid conceptually, as well as easy to understand. It's hard to find books that balance both information and readability.Published on January 7, 2014 by Christina Pedroso