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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Bahnsen was a master bahnseen this area. A lot of his arguments are overgeneralized and, I think, misleading. And some Plantinga while you’re at it.

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. The Christian should not be ashamed of this fact. I will try it again, I wrote a response but might of forgotten to hit post so it didn’t go through…grrr.

All philosophical systems therefore need a “final authority” which is self-authenticating.

Dec 26, Jacob rated it liked it. After reading the book, I was highly disappointed. What I said still stands even if it were for an different audience. This approach is for the nonbelievers. This says far more than I think is often realized. Books by Greg L.

Brian, do you think that Bahnsen’s approach can bahnsej harmonized with an evidentialist approach? If one is chosen then they would not go against God’s will. He summarized his view on the subject in the following essay:.

Aug 06, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Mar 24, Jeff Short rated it really liked it Shelves: I certainly recommend this excellent work on apologetics. If we are to be “always ready” for defending Christianity, it would have been nice to hear some ways in which we can point out poor thinking; Perhaps a more comprehensive gahnsen of the 2-step method of showing a fool his folly and then answering a fool in his folly.


He rightly questions the unbelievers desire to start on level ground, bahnsrn exposes this common error of apologetics.

By using our website you agree alwayss our use of cookies. In other words, this book helps you set the saw blade of your mind in a way that will cut straight. In my personal life, working hard in applying the lessons found in this book has resulted in some level of fruitfulness in exposing the folly of unbelief. Definitely recommend this book.

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith – Greg L. Bahnsen – Google Books

More frequent now among the laity is the concession of pragmatic postmodernism. Bahnsen was the author of numerous books and published articles and was a popular conference speaker. Unfortunately, this repetition is the only thing about this book that I found a bit tiresome. You said “All your doing is using your brain to conceive ideas that you call faith to perceive the unknown. Bahnsen does a good job laying out the psychology of the unbeliever and proceeds to provide a clear approach to thinking about presuppositions.

Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith

I think a well-rounded apologist should be able to recognize when a seeker wants to hear about the facts for the resurrection of Christ and when they are unwilling to accept they have a bias. Aug 08, Tim Renshaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another method would have to be used. Here he lays down the biblical method of dealing with the spiritually foolish in light of Proverbs I’d only hope that you were slightly more critical. All your doing is using your brain to conceive ideas that you call faith to perceive the unknown.

Repetitive, often belaboring the same point in different This is an accessible introduction to defending the Christian faith from a presuppositional point of view. So who are you trying to convince here. It can’t even live up to its own standard of measure.

For example, simply saying that an unbeliever cannot offer an ethic in terms of which the problem of evil can be given is a far cry from demonstrating that this is the case.


In addition to the mind, the will must be moved and the will has to do with pre-commitments, also referred to as pre-suppositions or pre-knowledge. He gives tons of very loose scriptural exegesis to support his claim, alwys no philosophical defense whatsoever.

I see that Joel Garver has posted a link to his critique of Bahnsen’s position.

Always Ready: Directions For Defending The Faith by Greg L. Bahnsen

Bahnsen said “If the apologist treats the starting point of knowledge as something other then reverence for God, then unconditional submission to the unsurpassed greatness of God’s wisdom at the end of his argumentation does aalways really make sense.

He rready pains bahnssen remind his readers of what he referred to as the Magna Carta of Christian apologetics, 1 Peter 3: He takes himself to be the reference point for all interpretation of the facts. May 25, Esther rated it it was amazing Shelves: A bit too dogmatic about requiring presuppositionalism as our method of argument instead of highlighting the importance of being presuppositional in our heart convictions.

The 2nd half of the book is practical, going over issues in apologetics such as the problem of evil, the presuppositions the other side brings in, and etc. In his section on the problem of evil he suggests that non-Christians have no objective system of ethics from which they can judge God.

But as for me I can rest assured knowing fully that before I was born none of this was of any importance to me, and so I let it be. He says, “the proof that Christianity is true is that if it were not, we would not be able to prove anything.

Davitor November 7,