The God Who Is There Seminar (14-Part MP3 CD)
by D.A. Carson
With the generous permission of The Gospel Coalition, Monergism Books is giving away for free this incredible seminar by Don Carson. You receive the 14 mp3 lectures on one CD. The disc is free, all they ask you to do is cover shipping.
From The Gospel Coalition blog: On February 20-21 and 27-28, 2009, Don Carson presented a 14-part seminar entitled “The God Who Is There.” This series is designed to serve the church by edifying professing Christians while simultaneously evangelizing non-Christians by explaining the Bible’s storyline in a non-reductionistic way.
The series is geared toward “seekers” and articulates Christianity in a way that causes hearers either to reject or embrace the gospel. It’s one thing to know the Bible’s storyline, but it’s another to know one’s role in God’s ongoing story of redemption. “The God Who Is There” engages people at the worldview-level.
1. The God Who Made Everything
2. The God Who Does Not Wipe Out Rebels
3. The God Who Writes His Own Agreements
4. The God Who Legislates
5. The God Who Reigns
6. The God Who Is Unfathomably Wise
7. The God Who Becomes a Human Being
8. The God Who Grants New Birth
9. The God Who Loves
10. The God Who Dies—and Lives Again
11. The God Who Declares the Guilty Just
12. The God Who Gathers and Transforms His People
13. The God Who Is Very Angry
14. The God Who Triumphs
>In discussions over apologetic method, one of the arguments often put forward against Van Tilian, or presuppositional, apologetics, is that it disregards the use of evidences. Well I’ve been rereading John Muether’s excellent biography on Van Til, and here is what Van Til himself says in response to that charge:
As to the point whether I can recommend Dr. Machen’s works I may say that I can do so and have done so heartily. . . . The point . . . is not that factual apologetics is useless but that it alone and by itself is insufficient, if we are considering the question of a logically consistent and comprehensive apologetics. If I deny vigorously that you can run 100 miles I have not therein denied that you can run at all. Because I have said that factual apologetics is, say, half of the work, I have not said that that half is not important. If someone could prove that the human species has actually derived from animal species, Christian-theism would be disproved. It is therefore important to show that the facts do not warrant any such idea. But even when that has been done the whole work has not been done. A discussion of the philosophy of fact will have to accompany a discussion of the fact themselves. If Dr. Machen has shown that the resurrection of Christ is an actual historical occurrence he has done an inestimable piece of service. But if then the pragmatic philosopher comes along and says that this is an interesting item in this strange world but that it has no universal significance, the factural discussion is in itself for that man quite fruitless unless it is supplemented by a discussion of the philosophy of fact (p. 85-86).
From his statement, it is quite clear that Van Til acknowledges that defending the Christian faith does and should include discussing certain facts or proofs. However, it is important that we recognize that there are no such things as “brute” facts and that it is impossible to approach anything from a neutral position.
Everyone wears colored glasses through which the world and things are seen and interpreted. So when presenting a “fact” or “datum” it is also necessary to talk about the “philosophy of fact,” or the way one approaches and interprets a fact.
Van Til supported the importance of evidences, but he also wanted to help Christians learn to consistently interpret and communicate those evidences in light of the real and true existence of God, rather than to try and present them apart from God, hoping they will lead someone to God. It doesn’t make sense to act like God doesn’t exist, in order to then provide some “fact” that somehow demonstrates that he does. The existence of God is not just an end in apologetics, it is also the starting point and the means that leads to the end.
Not convinced that Van Tilian apologetics values and utilizes evidences? Then check out Thom Notaro’s work Van Til & the Use of Evidence.
What does Van Til have to do with the new movie 2012? See what David Strain has to day.
>Malcolm Muggeridge (as quoted by Ravi Zacharias):
It is difficult to resist the conclusion that twentieth century man has decided to abolish himself; tired of the struggle to be himself, he’s created boredom out of his own affluence, impotence out of his own erotomania, and vulnerability out of his own strength. He himself blows the trumpet that brings the walls of his own cities crashing down, until at last having educated himself into imbecility, having drugged himself into stupefaction, he keels over a wearied old battered brontosaurus and becomes extinct.
Following the great success of Dan Brown’s novel turned movie The DaVinci Code, another of Brown’s novels, Angels & Demons, has also been adapted into a movie and is set to be released in theaters tomorrow. Although the movie is a sequel, the novel is actually a prequel whose events take place prior to those in The DaVinci Code. Although fiction, Brown finds ways to take shots at the Christian faith, and in this one the issues concern the relationship of science and religion. Given Brown’s ability to play around with history and science to make them say what he wants, it can be difficult for the average person to know how to respond to Brown’s proposals.
Well, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia has created the website The Truth about Angels & Demons as a resource to help persons navigate the assertions of the movie. They look at particular issues that are essential to the movie’s plot, such as, bioethics, antimatter, the illuminati, Vatican hidden archives, the God particle, etc. The site also deals with questions the movie raises. The Five main questions they answer are:
- Does religion fear science?
- What is the future of religion?
- Can science answer ultimate questions?
- Is there evidence that God created earth?
- Is the Bible True?
If you are going to watch the movie, check out the site and go prepared. Its a lot more fun to watch a movie when you can actively engage it and not have to passively receive what it proposes.