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Pushing the Antithesis: The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen Hardcover – March 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: American Vision; 1st edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915815605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915815609
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen takes complex issues concerning apologetics, philosophy, ethics, epistemology, etc. and presents them in clear, succinct language anyone can comprehend. It is clear from reading this book that Bahnsen had taught countless non-philosophers these subjects in an effective and appealing manner. The author demonstrates that the many contrasting non-Christian perspectives fail to deliver the rational essentials for intelligibility. He presents the varying arguments from the stream of apologetic methodology of Cornelius Van Til. Dr. Bahnsen always provided the best erudition of multifaceted epistemic notions with exactness and perspicuity.

Does it follow from the unbeliever's primary rational assumptions?
Does it cohere with human experience?
Does it furnish the a priori necessities for the laws of logic or ethical absolutes?

These are the types of probing questions that Bahnsen teaches in this transcribed series of lectures. He proves that these species of objections cannot be answered by the skeptic without presupposing the Christian worldview. The Christian is made into a logical sharp-shooter by pressing the antithesis on the non-Christian. These lessons have taken technical and complicated philosophical thoughts and made them comprehensible for the student and the non-academician. No one was as epistemically sharp-eyed as Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen and this collection defends Christian truth on a scale only he could consistently deliver.

Pushing includes 12 chapters, study questions with answers, a glossary, and a bibliography.
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I must say that I am happy to see what seems to be an increase of books published on Presuppositional apologetics over the last few years, though one might ask which one among them would be the best introductory text. In my opinion I believe this work serves as the best textbook if you are just getting your feet wet through Presuppositional apologetics or are involved in mentoring someone new to biblical worldview apologetics. I also believe that this work is a lot more systematize than Greg Bahnsen’s more better known Always Ready. The late Bahnsen was a student of Cornelius Van Til, the father of Presuppositional apologetics. As with most of Greg Bahnsen’s apologetics work, this was put together after his death by his followers. Gary DeMar based the book upon a series of lecture Bahnsen delivered to some college students. DeMar does a good job in the book having great discussion questions after the end of each chapter that is helpful for discipleship. I appreciate how the answers to the questions are also given in the end of the book. For my apologetics’ discipleship program I find this feature helpful as a sort of “catechism” review after one is finish with the book. It is not an easy task to teach Presuppositional apologetics or to think about worldviews for that manner and this book did a good job slowly building up to the Presuppositionalist’s argumentation. Each chapter features also an exegetical observation section which I find to be important if we are saying our apologetics methodology does have some Scriptural support. Each chapter also offer further resources for deeper study with some being books and others being articles available on the internet.Read more ›
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Dr. Bahnsen was (prior to his untimely death) one of the finest apologists given to Christ's church-at-large of our time. Finding Bahnsen on DVD (video) is not easy, but he did do a series of messages that found their way to video. *Antithesis* is hand-in-glove with the video series. My plan is to begin using both the book
and the DVD's next year in Senior Apologetics. No Surrender! Dan. 4:35
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This book is the literary place to begin with Greg Bahnsen. It covers all of his core presuppositional concepts in easy to understand language. Seriously, you will be hard-pressed to find a more understandable overview of presuppositional apologetics. Just read the table of contents to see the breadth of what Bahnsen covers here:

Chapter 1: The Myth of Neutrality
Chapter 2: Destroying Philosophical Fortresses
Chapter 3: Defining Worldviews
Chapter 4: Worldview Features
Chapter 5: Alternative Worldviews
Chapter 6: Worldviews in Collision
Chapter 7: Overcoming Metaphysical Bias
Chapter 8: Approaching the Unbeliever
Chapter 9: The Problem of Moral Absolutes
Chapter 10: The Uniformity of Nature
Chapter 11: The Problem of Universals
Chapter 12: Personal Freedom and Dignity

Each of these present a key piece of why Christianity is apologetically invulnerable. Only Christianity can provide for moral absolutes, the uniformity of nature, the reconciliation between universals and particulars, and human freedom and dignity. These concepts come into critical play once one sees that all worldviews must explain them. And everyone---everyone---has a worldview trying to explain these things. They may prefer certain methods to prove their positions, but ultimately, these are shown to be chosen only to confirm what the worldview is already presupposing at a metaphysical level.

While I came into Bahnsen by way of his debates and then his lectures, I believe this book is the best way to learn the heart of what he taught. The book is of inestimable value if you’ve never really studied worldview, if you’re curious about Reformed apologetics, or if you are interested in Bahnsen himself. Are there more advanced works on these subjects? Sure, but this one covers the basics perfectly.

Check the book's full contents out over at The American Vision.
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