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Only Believe: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Presuppositional Apologetics Paperback – February 8, 2016
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He wrote in the Preface to this 2016 book, “Over my many years in creation ministry… I began to notice that many of the most well-known apologists did not even take a creationist position. Not only that, but I began to be tired of my own argumentation that creationism should be given an equal platform with evolutionism in educational establishments… I began to wonder why I was wanting the truth of God’s word to be ‘elevated’ to sit alongside a lie… My association with Answers in Genesis began to change that mindset… Through that ministry, I first picked up a copy of Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith by the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen, that showed that the secularized methodologies of Classical Apologists… were actually unbiblical. Consequently, my method of responding to the many phone call inquiries that I received while working at Answers in Genesis (UK) began to change… When I came to the United States in 2011… I soon came across an apologist from a very different theological background… called Sye ten Bruggencate… I know of no other Presuppositional Apologist so strongly committed to the street presentation of the Gospel… I am delighted and privileged that he has agreed to contribute the Foreword to my effort.” (Pg. 9-11)
The title of this book is taken from the account of Jesus’ healing of Jairus’s daughter (Mk 5:34-43), in which Jesus told Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.’ He comments, “Jesus does not offer evidence to Jairus, in order to convince him how to obey his command not to be afraid. He does not offer the evidence that Jairus has seen with his own eyes, nor that which he had previously heard, nor that which he had read, nor that which he could work out by logic… Those two words [‘only believe’] constitute a command and an apologetic… We have already learned that the reason for the miracles is to illustrate the divine authority of Jesus; that He was and is God. And that, therefore, is all the ‘evidence’ that Jairus needs. And that is all the ‘evidence’ we need. Because of who Jesus is, because of His very nature, He commands ‘Only believe.’” (Pg. 39)
He argues, “General revelation… gives people a certain amount of knowledge about God. It enables them to know… that THE God is the God of the Bible, but, in addition, it gives them to know that they are sinners against this God, having broken what remnant of the Law of God remains unsuppressed in their conscience. Therefore, general revelation gives enough knowledge justifiably to condemn the so-called pious heathen and the atheist alike. The knowledge given is insufficient for salvation. The knowledge of salvation requires the preaching of the Gospel. The soft-hearted… would still object that God seems unfair, if these people are condemned for not having the Gospel. Yet the Bible helps us to understand this, by reminding us of the Sovereignty of God… It is my belief… that is a so-called heathen would have received the Gospel and repented, had he heard it, then God would have made sure that he did indeed hear it, by sending a suitable missionary.” (Pg. 54-55)
He outlines, “As there is no need to prove the existence of God, we can start our defense of the faith by assuming that God exists. This is our PRESUPPOSITION… our starting point… In order to justify this position further, I will need to show you two corollaries of the presupposition that God exists.  That those who do not presuppose the existence of God are not neutral. They have their own presuppositions.  The presupposition that God either does not exist, or is not actively in control, is illogical. The Bible makes both of these points very clear.” (Pg. 59)
He says of Lee Strobel’s book/film The Case for a Creator, “He claims that he was following the evidence where it led. But he only followed the evidence to God, because deep within, he actually knew that God existed, and he began to apply what he had learned previously, to the ‘new’ evidence that he found… I simply don’t think that evidence really led him to Christ, as he claims. His brain interpreted the evidence correctly, given a presupposition of God, that he had not realized that he had!” (Pg. 109)
He says of Antony Flew [whose conversion from Atheism is recounted in the book, There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind], “While I will acknowledge the usual pious hope that Flew might have had a death-bed conversion, it seems unlikely that he did so---in which case, his ‘faith’ in a sort-of god would not have saved him from Hell… Flew’s ‘spiritual’ journey, such as it was, was entirely due to the sort of arguments that Classical Apologists promote. Of course, plenty of others, who have heard the Classical Apologists arguments, have been saved, but this is in spite of the methodology, not because of it.” (Pg. 121-122)
He asserts, “This misuse of evidence is seen in a number of classic creationist arguments. For example, many have suggested that the definition of Young Earth Creationism is the belief that the world is no more than 10,000 years old. But where does that number come from? If, like Archbishop Ussher, one calculates the age of the earth, one finds it to be about 6,000 years old. The date of 10,000 years comes, in fact, from a number of limiting pieces of scientific evidence… The point is this: Do we accept a ‘young’ age for the earth because of certain scientific evidence, or do we accept the biblical age, because it is from the Bible. The latter should be our reason for believing, not the former… The truth of the Bible is always to be our presupposition.” (Pg. 163)
He points out, “It is incumbent on us to start from the truth of the Bible, and interpret the evidence in the light of that presupposition. And when this author comments that the natural world is ‘from God,’ he forgets that because of the fall we are able to make mistakes in examining evidences of the natural world.” (Pg. 174)
But he acknowledges, “Does this mean that I would never discuss the flagellum motor in one of my creation presentations? It does not! I am happy to discuss it… The difference is one of the starting point. Everything that I say is framed in the presupposition that God exists and the Bible is true, and I can therefore show that the difficulty evolutionists have with the flagellum motor is precisely what we would expect, given their presupposition, whereas it makes complete sense, given the correct biblical presuppositions.” (Pg. 189)
Some otherwise-sympathetic Christians may be “turned off” by a few of Taylor’s positions; but overall this is an interesting combination of Presuppositional Apologetics and Young Earth Creationism.