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Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith Paperback – November, 1996
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Bahnsen begins by dispelling the idea that neutral ground exists between believers and unbelievers. When a believer seeks "neutrality," he surrenders "his distinctive religious beliefs" with the result that he becomes "impotent in [his] witness, aimless in [his] walk, and disarmed in [his] battle with the principalities and powers of this world" (4). In contrast, all knowledge and wisdom are found only in Christ (Colossians 2:3), who is the believer's Lord even in the intellectual realm. Believers must have a correct understanding of the thinking of the unbeliever, who "have a vain mind and a darkened understanding" (Ephesians 4:17-18) (12).Read more ›
However, I can only give "Always Ready" 3 stars.
First, the good news. Bahnsen writes clearly for the most part and doesn't typically go over the reader's head. He also gives a pretty good definition of what presuppositional apologetics is all about. When he presents the fact that all of us have presuppositions, exposes the myth of neutrality, and urges us to have the mind of Christ, Bahnsen is at his best. Some of his suggestions for the strategies about how to speak as a presuppositionalist to unbelievers are also helpful. First, we are to understand the unbeliever's worldview and enter into it, but then we are to show how those presuppositions are inconsistent or will lead to consequences the unbeliever can't or won't accept. I'm thankful, as well, that he constantly urges us not only to boldly proclaim Christ and the gospel, but to also manifest a "humble boldness," remembering the grace of God in our lives and that the person we're talking to is made in the image of God.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides to the book. I, and the students to whom I've taught the book, have been left hungering for more details about how to put presuppositional apologetics into effect. Even though Bahnsen does demonstrate this at the end with his discussion of Acts 17, it's not nearly enough.Read more ›
Doland says he just asserts that non-Christian worldviews are self-contradictory, but does not offer proof. But Bahsnen does demonstrate that all other worldviews cannot make sense of ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology; they suffer from arbitrariness and/or inconsistency.
The things that Bahnsen suggests are to be received as "self-evident" (though I don't think he used that phrase) are final authorities. Bahnsen says that one's final authority is self-authenticating, or self-attesting, in the nature of the case. One can't go behind his final authority (A) to authorize it with B: in that case B would be the final authority. So this is a misreading and misunderstanding of Bahnsen's claims. And, by the way, Bahnsen's example of Jesus' word being self-authenticating is both what scripture teaches as well as an example of a self-authenticating, highest authority (scripture, or God's Word).
The quote by Bahsnen on page 63 in Doland's post is true.Read more ›
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Well written and just great teaching on presuppositional apologetics. It teaches and shows us how, we should challenge ever world view and, the assumed truth they stand on.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really find Greg to be a man who loves the scripture, and this apologetic is geared around that exact desire. Presup is more of an attitude than an apologetic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brandon
Superb book on apologetics. I would say that anyone who hold's the mistaken view of neutrality should read this and think upon it.Published 5 months ago by William Spencer
This book is literally a masterpiece! I won't add to much more then previous reviewers have done. I will just say that the book is so organic to the scripture it just emanates from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by seraphim69