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.Read more ›
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