Our Practice

The Procedure for Defending the Faith

Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen

  1.   Realizing that the unbeliever is holding back the truth in unrighteousness, the apologist should reject the            foolish presuppositions implicit in critical questions and attempt to educate his opponent.
  2.   This involves presenting the facts within the context of the Biblical philosophy of fact:

   a.   God is the sovereign determiner of possibility and impossibility.

   b.   A proper reception and understanding of the facts requires submission to the Lordship of Christ.

   c.   Thus the facts will be significant to the unbeliever only if he has a presuppositional change of mind                 from darkness to light.

   d.   Scripture has authority to declare what has happened in history and to interpret it correctly.

    3.   The unbeliever’s espoused presuppositions should be forcefully attacked, asking whether knowledge is                       possible, given them:

   a.   In order to show that God has made foolish the wisdom of the world the believer can place himself on           the unbeliever’s position and answer him according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceits;                 that is, demonstrate the outcome of unbelieving thought with its assumptions.

   b.  The unbeliever’s claims should be reduced to impotence and impossibility by an internal critique of his          system; that is, demonstrate the ignorance of unbelief by arguing from the impossibility of anything                contrary to Christianity.

    4.   The apologist should appeal to the unbeliever as the image of God who has God’s clear and inescapable                      revelation, thus giving him an ineradicable knowledge of God; this knowledge can be exposed by indicating                unwitting expressions or by pointing to the “borrowed capital” (un-admitted presuppositions) which can be                found in the unbeliever’s position.

    5.   The apologist should declare the self-evidencing and authoritative truth of God as the precondition of                          intelligibility and man’s only way of salvation (from all the effects of sin, including ignorance and intellectual              vanity):

                 a.  Lest the apologist become like the unbeliever, he should not answer him according to his folly but                                according to God’s word.

                 b.  The unbeliever can be invited to put himself on the Christian position in order to see that it provides                             the necessary grounds for intelligible experience and factual knowledge—thereby concluding that it                             alone is reasonable to hold and the very foundation for proving anything whatsoever.

                 c.   The apologist can also explain that Scripture accounts for the unbeliever’s state of mind (hostility) and                         the failure of men to acknowledge the necessary truth of God’s revelation; moreover, Scripture                                     provides the only escape from the effects of this hostility and failure (futility and damnation).

"The apologist must evidence, even in his method of argumentation, that he is a new man in Christ; he uses presuppositions which are at variance with the world. He makes the Word of God his starting point"                                                                                                 Greg Bahnsen
vast, teeming sea of people  stretching as far as the eye can see, boiling, agitated, late as usual for something. Most are wearing headsets and the latest fashions; every person has the most recent issue of USA Today in one hand and a smartphone in the other.
Some are quite educated, but still lost.
Some are lost, but don't care. All are shouting, chanting, jogging, bumping into each other as each tries to march in his own direction, spouting a favorite truism. 

There is no right or wrong, so no one feels ashamed; all opinions are equal, so no one is allowed to think; religious convictions are private, so they are meaningless in any discussion. It's like America is a massive tabloid talk show gone berserk.   Frank Peretti

Noah and the Ark?

You don't honestly believe that myth do you?

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Being able to defend the truthfulness of scripture which is the foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ is a command every Christian is expected to obey. It's not a gift, it's not     a calling, it is a command, and the quality of our defense  is the issue. Our ability to give a reasoned answer to skepticism is critical. Our ability to give a compelling rebuttal or counter-rebuttal when the gospel is under attack in public can be even more critical.


It can be something as simple as asking a question: 
Richard, do you know how much water is on this planet?

As you know, the Earth is a watery place... About 71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water... about 332,500,000 cubic miles of water. Enough water to cover Earth 8000 feet deep in water if the planet was equalized (the mountain ranges placed in the deep ocean trenches).  USGS

The average depth of the ocean is about 14,000 feet. The deepest part of the ocean is called the Challenger Deep and is located beneath the Pacific Ocean in the southern end of the Mariana Trench, which runs several hundred kilometers southwest of the U.S. territorial island of Guam. The Challenger Deep is approximately 36,200 feet deep. It is named for the HMS Challenger, whose crew sounded the depths of the trench in 1875.  NOAA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration believes in a global flood on Mars; even though they have yet to verify ever finding one drop of water on Mars.  NASA

Now try to picture this: