Presupp At A Glance

From Jamin Hubner, a simple list of what Presuppositional Apologetics is all about:

Presuppositional (biblical) apologetics says a few things (to be simple):

  1. Christ is actually the Creator and Lord over all things. That means all facts, all ideas, all knowledge, and all things whether in or outside my first-person experience is ruled by Christ.
  2. God is actually God. He exists as God and rules as Lord whether I believe it or not, whether I defend him or not, or whether there is “adequate evidence” or not. He needs nothing. He can do anything. And He is sovereign over everything.
  3. The Bible is actually the Word of God. That means His Word is holy and unique. It is self-authorizing and the final standard for truth claims. It is the ultimate authority, and therefore cannot be “proved” by anything outside of itself. So, God and His Word cannot be “proved” or “validated” like anything else.
  4. Thus, we must never think of evidence as something that establishes Christianity or “proves God” or Scripture, etc., but something that simply affirms (or perhaps, re-affirms) Christianity and other truths. Evidence points to facts already in place, like a man pointing to a tower on a hill. Evidence and historical apologetics doesn’t provide the hill upon which the tower can stand. Again, evidence affirms, not establishes. God and his Word establishes, authoritatively, sufficiently, and clearly.
  5. Thus, we might present a number of good facts to skeptics and unbelievers. But we must never leave the unbeliever’s philosophy of fact unchallenged. For example, I may (even as a presuppositionalist) give a copy of Strobel’s helpful work A Case For Christ to a skeptic friend , but I won’t do so without asking him a few preliminary questions to get him thinking about his worldview, questions such as “well how much evidence would suffice for you anyway? Why? Who or what determines that?” I might also recommend the book to a Christian looking for evidence about the historicity of Jesus, etc., but I won’t do so without at least saying, “This is a good book, but Christianity doesn’t rise or fall on all of his arguments; I disagree with his assertion that in the end the ‘jurors’ decide what’s true. God decides what’s true, and our observations follow and re-affirm His established and revealed truth.”

Ciao!

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