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Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith Paperback – November, 1996
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Greg L. Bahnsen was the scholar-in-residence at the Southern California Center for Christian Studies and an ordained minister iin the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the field of epistemology (theory of Knowledge). He also received M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Dr. Bahnsen was the author of numerous books and published articles and was a popular conference speaker. He was also a renowned public debater as evidenced in his interchanges with Muslims, Roman Catholics, Jews, and atheists. A complete list of his over 1,700 audio tapes, videos, articles, and books is available from the Covenant Media Foundation.
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The author makes his case that since non believers argue from their presuppositions that there is no God, or His existence is not provable, or whatever, that Christians should do the same. He shows this method in action by the Apostle Paul.
Many will look at this as circular reasoning (using the Bible to prove the truth of Christianity). Those who favor this approach would counter that intellectual arguments never sway anyone to Christianity anyway, that the Spirit of God must move in the heart of the unbeliever.
This is not my preferred apologetic method, but Bahnsen certainly demonstrates the power of it with the greatest missionary of all time in arguing with strong opponents of the Christian worldview.
Regardless of one's perspective on apologetics, this is an interesting read and good food for thought. The downside is that it is rather repetitive.
1. The problem of Evil
2. The problem of the Supernatural
3. The problem of Faith
4. The problem of Religious Language
5. The problem of Miracles
The approaches he uses to the 6 given above are all based on presuppositionalism. He shows that either you're with God or against God and gives biblical evidence for that so the agnostic should be treated as any other unbeliever! The argument from Evil is one of my favorites because Bahsen shows that because of the unbeliever's relativity they really have no grounds to call anything evil and end up showing the flaws in their own worldview rather than the flaws in Christianity. I think this book is an essential tool for any Christian who is serious about defending their faith. Sooner or later your faith is going to be attacked and you need to be ready for such attacks and this book will make you ready hence the name, Always Ready.
I highly recommend this as a Sunday school teaching for every Christian to know why they believe what they believe and a great start to defending the faith.