Greg Bahnsen’s Presuppositional Apologetics

Anytime a new book comes out on presuppositionalism, I am interested. Even more so when the book is by the late Greg Bahnsen (1948-1995). P&R recently printed Greg Bahnsen’s Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended (314 pages), edited by Joel McDurmon. I wasn’t sure if the contents were new or not, but come to find out this book is a manuscript of Dr. Bahnsen’s that was lost until recently. Thanks to Covenant Media Foundation and American Vision for doing all the work to get this published.

The first part (130 pages) is a positive case for presuppositional apologetics. Bahnsen analyzes issues related to the Christian mind, apologetic method, neutrality, and autonomy. The second part (132 pages) examines those who critiqued presuppositionalism: Gordon Clark, Edward J. Carnell, and Francis Schaeffer.

John Frame says,

“This book is an important part of the historical record. It is authentic Bahnsen, vintage Bahnsen. It displays brilliantly his intellectual gifts and his devotion to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life. Despite my differences with Bahnsen, I revere him yet today as a great blessing of God to the church and as one of the most brilliant apologists I have known. He seeks to set forth the comprehensive lordship of Christ over the human mind as over everything else, and he does that effectively. In that goal, we should all be in agreement, and we should seek Bahnsen’s help to become more consistent in our commitment to the Lord. So I commend this book to all who seek to think God’s thoughts after him.”

You can purchase it here, as well as view some sample pages.

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