In loving memory of Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen [September 17, — December 11, ] Who was “always ready” to defend the faith, and always ready to meet his. Always Ready Bahnsen, Greg L. $$ Product Description. This book is a compilation of several of Dr. Bahnsen’s published works on Christian. Always Ready. (Directions for Defending the Faith). Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen Texarkana, AR: Covenant Media Foundation, pp., paperback, $
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Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith by Greg L. Bahnsen
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This book is a compilation of several of the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen’s published works on Christian apologetics, including his Apologetics syllabus, articles on practical apologetic problems like the problem of evil, the problem of miracles, etc.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Always Readyplease sign up. Lists vahnsen This Book. May 25, Esther rated it it was amazing Shelves: God has chosen us to do His work through us and has called us to do it.
Apologetics is the special talent of some believers, and the interested hobby of others; but it is the God-ordained responsibility of all believers. Always Ready is a phenomenal book. A treasure trove of alwwys apologetics, and sound doctrine; a pearl of wisdom and truth. As Bahnsen stated above, apologetics is not optional for believers.
We must be ” “The necessity of apologetics is a moral necessity: We bahnse be “always ready” 1 Peter 3: So, by all means, give yourself to the study of apologetics, in which this book shall be invaluable. Mar 24, Jeff Short rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a solid work on presuppositional apologetics. Bahnsen refuses and exposes the myth of neutrality, defends the self-attesting authority of God’s Word, and shows why the Word is the ultimate starting point.
He gives many counters to the common arguments and objections encountered by Christians in the culture. He recognizes that the collision is one of aways and not evidence. I certainly recommend this excellent work on apologetics. Bahnsen has brought Van Til down to a more accessible This is a solid work on presuppositional apologetics. Bahnsen has brought Van Til down to a more accessible level rezdy this book, and that is a good thing. Jul 06, Daniel Woodworth rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent resource, and one I’m likely to reread before too long.
Dec 08, Jon Harris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Best book on apologetics I’ve ever read. I suppose when most Christians refer to certain defenses made on behalf of Christianity, they tend to recommend specific lectures or books by learned apologists on the particular subject.
For instance, a book on the problem of evil may be recommended separately from a book on the cosmological argument for God’s existence. Greg Bahnsen’s Always Ready however, smashes this compartmentalization of Christian apologetics. It really is, “All right there! I do believe it’s the best single academic and pragmatic book I’ve ever read on the subject of apologetics.
So what’s so great about Always Ready and how does it differ from other books on defending the faith? There are four reasons I tout this product above the competition.
Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith
It’s Scriptural I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated when I read any work of Theology- including apologetic material- only to find that Scripture isn’t even used to support the main thesis.
There often exists a disconnect between the “ends” and the “means” in Christian’s interaction with culture, and I at least partially fault “philosophical” books about Bahnsne i. In the realm of law and government this thinking is horrendously common. They want to rexdy a Christian end such as outlawing abortions, without making their arguments from Scripture verses Psalm Instead they’ll readyy completely upon court “precedent” and statistical surveys i.
It’s what the people want! I’ve listened to and read many apologetic works that do the same exact thing. They’ll use philosophical arguments to prove Scripture.
The “Free-will” defense is an extremely common philosophical rebuttal to those who would accuse God of being unloving, however where does Scripture ever make such a case? Both the book of Job and the book of Romans make it alwwys clear that man has no standing to act as God’s judge, yet the majority of apologists want so desperately to act as God’s defendant using arguments He hasn’t even given them.
Bahnsen is a breath of fresh air after being exposed to so many humanist-flirting Christians. He unequivocally takes his stand upon Scripture itself and denies any inkling of a notion which would even start to ponder the possibility of proving Biblical authority without first presupposing it. Many astute individuals will at this point make the accusation, “That’s circular argumentation!
But as I expanded on previously in my remarks concerning John Frame’s book Apologetics to the Glory of God, “A circular argument is actually quite unavoidable when referring back to our ultimate authority. If this were not the case, a rationalist could not use reason to argue for rationalism, an empiricist could not use science to prove science, etc. All philosophical systems therefore need a “final authority” which is self-authenticating. This is the way Yahweh, which means “self-sufficient reqdy presents Himself to Moses in the burning bush.
Bahnsen recognizes this fact and starts off his central thesis by correlating many of the passages that explicitly teach the supremacy of Christ as our logical starting point.
Paul warns that Christ should be our starting point so that as verse 4 indicates, “no one may delude [us] with persuasive argument.
Verse 8 describes it as the “elementary” principles of the world. Paul writes, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Therefore, Bahnsen’s starting point is the Bible. It’s Presuppositional Bahnsen is not willing to concede any philosophical ground as “neutral” alwwys.
He recognizes the fact that one cannot “serve two Masters” for he will either “hate the one” or “love the other. We are “like him” because we’re making the same mistake he’s making. If Paul were to concede polytheism at the outset he would have lost.
If he were to have conceded Gnosticism he would have lost. So why do we concede empiricism? Why do we set about to give historical or scientific evidence that will lead someone to Christ by their own reason according to their own standards of autonomous empiricism. More frequent now among the laity is the concession of pragmatic postmodernism. aoways
What bahnsenn should do instead is, “Answer a fool as his folly deserves. Their worldview possesses internal inconsistences and is self-refuting.
It can’t even live up to its own standard of measure. On the other hand, the Christian worldview is without inconsistencies and does live up to its epistomological standards. It corresponds to reality, and even non-Christians must assume the God of the Bible to be true in order for reality to be intelligable at all. God is supremely over us “for in Him we live and move and exist. It’s Understandable Bahnsen’s writings may take a little bit to gahnsen use to, but they are much more understandable than many of the other presuppositional writers.
Van Til and Frame seem infinitely more confusing than Bahnsen does at explaining the preconditions for intelligibility, etc. The only author off-hand who may be simpler is Dr. Bahnsen manages to exegete Acts 17, expound upon the impossibility of philosophical “neutrality,” explain the preconditions for intelligibility, preach on the attitude and purpose an apologist must have, teach the “don’t answer, answer” strategy, explain the transcendental argument The proof for God’s existence is that without Him we couldn’t prove anythingtalk about logical fallacies, and answer the problems of evil, faith, miracles, etc.
I guarantee once you learn the strategies herein you’ll want to share them with your unsaved friends and coworkers. Bahhnsen powerful, full-proof, and Biblical. It’s Practical Bahnsen emphasizes the fact that evangelism and apologetics are inseparable. We aren’t using mind games to diffuse another’s worldview for our own enjoyment or superiority. We are to be humble, respectful, and above all Gospel-focused. This is the reason he includes an exegetical insight on Acts We need to follow in Paul’s footsteps and preach the truth of God’s Word, not man’s wisdom.
This alwways is an essential part of any apologist’s training, and since all Christians are to be apologists, we should all read this book. I would have to say in all seriousness, that if you could purchase any book to read and keep in your library on apologetics, I believe this would be the book to have because of its powerful message and practical method.
Jul 27, Justin rated it it was ok. As an undergraduate philosophy student at a secular university, I constantly have my faith in question and tend to spend a lot of my time reading and discussing apologetics. I picked up Dr. Bahnsen’s book because I had heard defenses of presuppositional apologetics from laymen and felt that I should honor a tradition by reading some of its more learned defenders.
After reading the book, I was highly disappointed. Considering the fact that Dr. From feady very beginning Dr. Bahnsen makes claims that are very polemical and very underdeveloped.