Presuppositional Apologetics

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Presuppositional Apologetics

Post by Seballius » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:03 pm

Hello all,

I was wondering everyone’s thoughts on Presuppositional Apologetics. I have listened to some of Greg Bahnsen‘ lectures and he makes some good points. What I do not like about Bahnsen - he was a Calvinist and a theonomist.

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Re: Presuppositional Apologetics

Post by Paidion » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:43 pm

Well... according to Wikipedia:

Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews. It claims that apart from presuppositions, one could not make sense of any human experience, and there can be no set of neutral assumptions from which to reason with a non-Christian.

This seems pretty extreme to me. I don't identify with it at all.
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Re: Presuppositional Apologetics

Post by mattrose » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:42 am

I think there is a humbler form of presuppositionalism that simply recognizes that until we are working under the same 'worldview', there isn't much hope of coming to the same conclusions. So the key to Christian apologetics, in this school of thought, is to help non-Christians at least consider the Christian worldview before they dismiss Christian beliefs. All belief systems should be understood in their own terms.

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Re: Presuppositional Apologetics

Post by Seballius » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:56 am

Good point Matt. I believe Bahnsen would have fallen into the category that Paidion describes.


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Re: Presuppositional Apologetics

Post by fgit » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:27 pm

Why you think some of his points are good, and why you don't like calvinism ?

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