But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Van Tillian Fire - Apologetic Report
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:41

Refuting the “Fristianity” Objection

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“Fristianity” as an objection to presuppositionalism, arose in the late 90’s, although similar objections were being tossed around as far back as the 80’s. Even earlier objections of the same type were addressed by Bahnsen and Van Til from the very outset. For a brief,...

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Friday, 02 December 2016 09:11

A Clarkian Formula?

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Some Reformed apologists who describe themselves as followers of Gordon Clark, suggest a new formula for knowledge (I’m thinking of Jason Peterson, a self-identifying “Clarkian”). The traditional formula for knowledge is the following: Knowledge = Justified, true, belief....

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Thursday, 15 January 2015 10:08

Arguments from Authority

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As presuppositionalists, we’re often accused of being … wait for it… …wait for it some more because it’s an exhausting and played out argument… “Circular” in our reasoning! But of course we’re not. Our theology is self-authenticating!...

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Paul Kjoss Helseth has written an excellent essay clarifying B.B. Warfield’s understanding, not only of the innate knowledge of God in all men, but also how Warfield applied this to apologetics.  From the essay: man’s power of attaining truth depends . . . first of all upon the...

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Thursday, 01 January 2015 14:58

5 Responses to Stupid Criticisms

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Some youtube atheist has made a video called “Five Stupid Things about Presuppositional Apologetics”. (Thanks to my friend Taylor Watkins for bringing this to my attention). I’ll briefly reply to each: Reason 1: The truth of its first premise cannot be demonstrated. He’s...

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 09:05

Is God a Semantic Realist?

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I’ve been pondering over David Leech Anderson’s article “Why God is Not a Semantic Realist”. Anderson’s essay is included in the book “Realism and Anti-Realism” edited by William Alston.  The majority of the contributors are “realists” (in...

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:38

Does Van Tillianism Lead to the Federal Vision?

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(The “Federal Vision” controversy is still raging among conservative branches of the Presbyterian church.  Many in the Federal Vision are also Van Tillians and try to rope Van Til into their camp.  Reverend Alan D. Strange has, in my view, presented the most intelligible...

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(**UPDATE**… Glenn Peoples has replied to this post in the comment section, insisting that I’ve misunderstood his statements somehow.  I’m not clear on how I’ve misunderstood him, so I haven’t changed my post.  Still – let the reader be aware that I...

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Monday, 08 December 2014 07:48

Can “TAG” Get Us to Epistemic Certainty?

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Back in 2011, Dr. James Anderson wrote a blog post arguing that “TAG” does not (maybe: cannot) provide us with “epistemic certainty”.  He provides three reasons (along with prefatory comments) why he holds this view.  I’ll try to briefly interact with each of...

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Saturday, 06 December 2014 15:07

Formal TAG

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While no Presuppositionalist should downplay the importance of Sye Ten Bruggencate’s work, his overly-general style has resulted in atheists suggesting presuppositionalism is little more than trite word games and disingenuous talking-points.  Of course, this reaction is likely due...

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Friday, 14 November 2014 09:23

Strawmen Built on Fideism

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A Catholic has launched a typical criticism of Presuppositional apologetic methodology.1 See the article here: “Presuppositionalism: Fideism built on skepticism”. The author of the essay claims to be a convert from Presbyterianism, not to mention, one with a PhD in philosophy...

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