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Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith Paperback – November, 1996
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About the Author
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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Looking at the reviews the author has those who obviously appreciate his work. I am not among them. :( To each his own.
I enjoyed and would recommend the following titles instead: Tactics, A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions, The Case for Christ, Know Why You Believe, or Cold Case Christianity.
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.
This book is broken into a couple different parts; Bahnsen starts with his defense of presuppositional apologetics, then our foundation for knowledge (found in the Word), and finishes with a few applications/responses to common objections to the faith (i.e. the problem of evil, logical positivism, miracles, reason vs. faith).
My point is not to argue over which apologetic approach is best (although I do believe presup to be it...), but I will make a point of saying that Bahnsen gives the Word of God the highest esteem, and makes it a clear point that true knowledge starts with the fear of the Lord. I love the place that Bahnsen gives to the enlightening of the Word and Spirit, and to Christ and God as the foundation for truth. He is unabashedly, unashamedly for the presupposition of God's existence and truth, and does not believe in catering to the pagan's unbelief to try and seem more respectable to get approval from them.
I love the book. It's a bit redudant (although, I might argue that his redudancy drives the points home well), but it is full of great truth for debating unbelievers. Perhaps the best point he makes is how we must be bold with the truth, but humble at the same time, and this I sometimes feel is left out of todays arguments...especially my own. When presenting the truth of God, in apologetics or evangelism, it is not my own reasoning, intelligence, or witty remarks that will convert the unbeliever (1 Cor. 3:7); it is the unashamed declaration of Christ (Rom 1:16), the call for repentance and faith, in conjunction with the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5).
Soli Deo Gloria!
"In answering the fool a Christian apologist must aim to demonstrate that unbelief is, in the final analysis, destructive of all knowledge" 57
"Effective apologetics necessarily leads us to challenge and debate the unbeliever at the level of his most basic commitments or assumptions about reality, knowledge, and ethics. Our approach to defending the faith is shallow and ineffective if we think that the unbeliever simply lacks information or needs to be given observational evidence." 120
"The proof that Christianity is true is that if it were not, we would not be able to prove anything." 122