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Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction Paperback – February 1, 1994

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John M. Frame (A.B., Princeton University; B.D., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A. and M.Phil., Yale University; D.D., Belhaven College) is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; First edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875522432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875522432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. F Foster on July 16, 2004
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This introduction by Frame is to be commended for recognizing proper apologetic priorities - that our biggest apologetic battles should not be with other Christians over apologetic method, but with non-Christians who are outside the Kingdom. Frame refuses to play contentious games over apologetic method, choosing instead to take what he believes is the best (the most Biblical) from each approach and incorporate it into a generally presuppositional approach that emphasizes his version of the transcendental argument.
Frame, following Van Til, spends a good bit of time in this book arguing that atheism in particular, and all non-Christian thought in general, is guilty of being both rationalistic and irrationalistic at the same time in ways that are incoherent. Frame strongly believes that only Christianity is capable of avoiding this serious problem, and that in our discussions with non-Christians, the incoherence of his system should be an important part of our apologetic in terms of playing offense.
His transcendental twist on more traditional forms of apologetics is good for several reasons. First, contra Van Til, Frame acknowledges that a transcendental argument, in order to be persuasive, needs to incorporate elements of classical and evidential apologetics (though Van Til was not totally against these things at all, he just seemed a bit reticent to incorporate them into his own system). The transcendental twist is clearly driven by Frame's conviction that metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics inform each other and are all essential to knowledge. Frame's basic point is that without God, intelligibility is impossible. We cannot understand concepts like cause, motion, evidence, ethics, or anything else without presupposing God.
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My motivation for buying this book was to learn how to be a more effective evangelist, and while my need was met, it was at times a bit difficult to translate Frame's information into practical, everyday methods. It answered my questions about how to converse with unbelievers without assuming a position of neutrality. It also brought apologetics out of the academy and back into "the highways and by-ways". I believe the author wanted to address two audiences at the same time, which led to a careful blending of technical philosophy and Sunday school Scripture.

Why I would recommend this book: Christ is Lord and is placed at the center of the apologetics instead of man. Even as an academically untrained Christian, I saw the need for the church to quit putting man at the center of everything and put Christ and His Word back on the throne. It may be harder to take the faith approach because it strips us of the ability to woo people with wise and persuasive words, and returns us to a place where we trust God to demonstrate His power in genuine heart conversion.
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In this book, John M. Frame sheds needed light on the message and method of genuinely Christian apologetics. Giving special attention to application of the truth, he insightfully examines apologetics as proof, defense, and offense. Frame clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences of faith, biblical authority, and the Lordship of Christ. He offers a fresh look at probability arguments and gives particular attention to the problem of evil.

I couldn't find any weakness in the book that raised many of my concerns. i am not saying that the book is perfect but it definitely provides us more strong points and evidence on the matters concern to the absolute of God as creator of the whole universe and also provides us with very good insights on the the arguments related to the existence of God and also the relevance of the Scripture. On page 122, Frame gives us a very striking argument about the importance also of the Scripture. He says: "Scripture itself is one element in the saving message. And the doctrine of the Scripture is not located only in a few texts of the Bible. Rather, it pervades the Scripture. God is very concerned, not only that we believe in Christ, but also that we believe in the Word which tells us about Christ, the very Word of God. God has not only given us salvation in Christ, but also a wonderfully simple way to know about that salvation."

I could make a long list of the issues raised while I was reading this book, but main issue for me is the need that we have as Christian to manage well the Word of God but also be aware of the philosophies around us and without fear and anger deal with them, clarify their mistake and show the relevance of the Word and Christ. God is glorified in us when we surround ourselves to Him to be used as a living testimony of his love for humanity.
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This was a nice book, in that it shows and introduces the reader to the method of defending Christianity by reasoning transcendentally (ie, argument by presupposition). The book does not go that far into the subjects and never gets very complex, but it is nice for what it intends to accomplish as an introduction.
If you like(d) this book, be sure to check out Greg L. Bahnsen's _Van Til's Apologetic: Readings & Analysis_ (generically speaking- Bahnsen agrees more with Van Til than Frame does) and also Stephen E. Parrish's _God and Necessity: A Defense of Classical Theism_ for more on this kind of argumentation.
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