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A Conversation about Apologetics with W. Robert Godfrey, R. C. Sproul, and Rod Rosenbladt

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MR: Our objective in this conversation is to consider apologetics, which is essentially a defense of the faith as a courtroom attorney would present it. Scripture exhorts us to be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have to those who ask. Traditionally there have been three basic positions within mainstream evangelicalism-especially in this century-with respect to how we should reach out to non-Christians. Those three positions are represented in this conversation by Dr. Robert Godfrey, President of Westminster Seminary in California, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Professor at Concordia University in Irvine, California, and Dr. R. C. Sproul, Chairman of Ligonier Ministries. Dr. Godfrey, as our token presuppositionalist, would you open our discussion by outlining presuppositionalism for us?
WRG: The basic position of presuppositionalism is that no one comes to any question neutrally, that presuppositions stemming from a variety of religious points of view have to be taken very seriously in any kind of communication, and that we do not approach any question related to the Scripture and the Gospel as if it were in doubt. Instead, it is the certain revelation of our God and on the basis of that certain revelation we carry out our defense of the faith.

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Issue: "Exploring Mars Hill: Common Ground in Apologetics" March/April 1998 Vol. 7 No. 2 Page number(s): 35-40

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