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Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction Paperback – February 1, 1994
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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In typical manner, Dr. John M. Frame, presents his case in a clear and irenic fashion. This book is an excellent introduction to the apologetics of Dr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by PILGRIM&SOJOURNER
Dr. Frame's book is a great introduction to the field of apologetics. This work is very readable and would serve as a great resource for those who wish to strengthen their... Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Nate Praytor
When I was still very new to Van Til’s Presuppositional apologetics, I attempted to read John Frame’s Apologetics to the Glory of God but eventually stopped because it seem to... Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by SLIMJIM
If you need a book on Christian Apologetics, and are uncertain as to the prevailing world views around you, you cannot go wrong with this book.Published on April 15, 2014 by Gregory Hill
This book is solid conceptually, as well as easy to understand. It's hard to find books that balance both information and readability.Published on January 7, 2014 by Christina Pedroso
I'd love it if I really grasped everything I'm reading. I get the overall context and am really enjoying the clarification of certain sides in Apologetics.Published on October 18, 2013 by Matthew