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How to Answer the Fool: a Presuppositional Defense of the Faith

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Not since the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen debated Dr. Gordon Stein in "The Great Debate: Does God Exist?" have we really seen presuppositional apologetics in action. And few have taken it into culture to show that there are only two positions, Christ...or absurdity. But wait no more... Apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate takes this apologetic to the streets and Universities exposing the logical inconsistencies of the unbeliever (and dare we say some 'Christians') by showing that we don't need 'evidence' to prove that God exists. For as Romans 1:18-21 declares: "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Produced as a cinematic film, How to Answer the Fool was adapted for use in small group and Sunday School classes, making it a useful tool for individual or group study. With an eye-opening, cinematic message, How to Answer the Fool deliberately and strategically teaches you how to defend the Faith; answering the call of Scripture to 'be ready in season and out of season' in order that we may '...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in [us].' This six-part video series is a game-changer, not only for the unbelieving world but also for Christian apologists who compromise the gospel by arguing for the possibility that God exists and not the certainty of God's existence." - Gary DeMar. Complete Set includes: DVD with 6 cinematic lessons and Study guide.

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  • Actors: Sye Ten Bruggencate
  • Producers: American Vision in association with Crown Rights Media
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: American Vision
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DD50P18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Caleb Moore on July 31, 2013
I've watched this video a few times and as Much as I want to love it, I just can't. I'm a believer in the presuppositional approach, I think it is a death blow to atheistic arguments. However, the way Sye does it just drives me nuts. A good apologist doesn't just come with a better argument he comes with a teachers heart as well. Sye does very little to guide the hands of the lost to help them see he just keeps repeating himself over and over and over and over until they just get fed up and leave. Now I will say this, he is in the right to do so, they are ignorant and he can just keep saying it because it is true, but it doesn't help them. In fact in this video we see only one person who might "get" it. The rest is a little bit of him arguing with people and Sye talking about this method. It is not an instructional video on how to do this apologetic nor is it full of interesting exchanges. The way it was shot is fairly well done, but it can't make up for the lack of material. From this video someone might almost learn how to engage the lost but it also might encourage them to be really annoying while doing it.

I have watched many of Sye's debated and this video suffers from the same thing his debates do. Greg Bahnsen was good at being patient and communicating this idea in a way intellectuals could appreciate. Sye just puts himself on repeat and waits until they get too frustrated to continue. He seems to have a good heart and a love for the lost and we can commend him on that. I'm sure he helps but in my opinion the bull in the china shop might help you find what your looking for but he makes a mess while doing it.
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Me and my brother watched this and loved it. Sye Ten Bruggencate gives a great Biblical way of answer unbelievers, particularly the atheist who loves to argue and wants evidence. Sye Ten Bruggencate shows anyone how they can give a proper defense of the faith, without having to be very knowledgeable.

I highly recommend this DVD, it's great for watching in a group.
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Sye Ten Bruggencate is teaching Christians how to show professed atheists that they cannot rely on their own reasoning to deny God. He does it in a down-to-Earth way that most can understand. He has opened up the presuppositional apologetics arena to the everyday man and woman.

If you have been afraid to tackle this subject before, get this DVD and be prepared to engage your unbelieving family and friends! You'll watch it over and over as you master different areas of thinking. It is great for a Bible study group!
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After watching this many times, I am still trying to wrap my brain around the Biblical truths taught and modeled in this fantastic video. As one who was trained in evidentialism, this teaching has definitely challenged the way I defend my faith in the God of the Bible. The style is captivating and nicely paced, but the content is... profound in its simplicity. I have already shown this to many friends and will continue to recommend it to everyone I can. For better or for worse, Sye ten Bruggencate is now the voice in my head when I am witnessing to those who claim that there is no God. Could you be wrong about everything you claim to know???
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Sye Ten Bruggencate and his ministry in apologetics has really encouraged me and equipped me to take my faith to the streets with confidence. This DVD is phenomenal!!!
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After purchasing this video/workbook, I was jazzed. I'm a presuppositionalist and I love apologetics, so after viewing the trailer, the combination seemed rather intriguing and compelling, especially being couched in cool graphics and edgy audio. To my amazement, I was thoroughly offended by Sye's approach.I watched it 3 times to make certain my reaction wasn't simply emotional.

There is a move afoot, primarily within reformed evangelical circles, that is decrying all methods of evangelism other than presuppositional apologetics. This, according to Sye (the video producer), is THE way to do evangelism.

I thought Sye's methods were deliberately confrontational, argumentative and downright arrogant. Quite frankly, though I have been a committed believer in the sacrificial death of Christ for more than 40 years, I often found myself on the side of the "fool". Not that I agreed with their unbelief or was sympathetic to their level of self-sufficiency, but felt that they were being abused by Sye's antics. As their words were being cleverly manipulated, Sye acted so smug and condescending. In my view, he was simply engaging in the same circular arguments his opponents were attempting to use against him. After each confrontation, I said to myself, "This is utter futility." Is this truly the evangelism of our future? Where was the Gospel? Where was the love of Christ?

Sye's argument goes like this:

1. "The Fool" asks the Christian for some measure of "proof"
2. The Christian provides what they believe is "convincing evidence"
3. "The fool" is thereby granted full authority to act as both judge and jury

So what!
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