Always Ready

Discussion in 'Apologetical Methods' started by AV1611, Jul 4, 2007.

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  1. AV1611

    AV1611 Puritan Board Senior

  2. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    It's a standard.
     
  3. Greg

    Greg Puritan Board Sophomore

    :up: :up: I'm about 3/4 the way through it.
     
  4. Julio Martinez Jr

    Julio Martinez Jr Puritan Board Freshman

    Amazing book. Yes I've read it.
     
  5. clstamper

    clstamper Puritan Board Freshman

    Fideistic and overrated, like everything Bahnsen put out.
     
  6. Devin

    Devin Puritan Board Sophomore

    Ditto.
     
  7. Barnpreacher

    Barnpreacher Puritan Board Junior

    When you say "everything" Bahnsen put out was fideistic and overrated, then we must draw the logical conclusion that you have read everything he had published. If everything was overrated then why couldn't you have figured that out in the first book or two and stopped reading him? Did you really read everything he wrote, or was that just an overexaggeration?

    Was that non-fideistic enough for you, brother?
     
  8. sotzo

    sotzo Puritan Board Sophomore

    Perhaps the OP should have said non ad hominem thoughts??:D
     
  9. Brian Bosse

    Brian Bosse "The Brain"

    Hello Everyone,

    I would not recommend Always Ready as a first read into the arena of presuppositional apologetics. Frame's book Apolgoetics to the Glory of God is better. However, I do not think even this book is terrific. In fact, I do not feel as if there is a great introduction out there in terms of a presuppositional apologetic. I just got in the mail the book put out by Gary North et. al. capturing the classes Bahnsen did at some university. I have not read that yet.

    Brian
     
  10. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    Quotes, examples? Or is this another assertion?

    To the OP:
    It is not the best *book,* as a book. Simply because it was put together after Bahnsen died. It doesn't flow very well. That being said, I have read it twice. It is very helpful.
     
  11. ChristianTrader

    ChristianTrader Puritan Board Graduate

    I thought Pushing the Antithesis was supposed to be a better intro book. Thoughts?

    CT
     
  12. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    First, the annoying caveat. Bahnsen is supposed to have done the text. Most of the footnotes, however, are Demar's. It's hard to tell when Bahnsen is speaking and when Demar is speaking. That makes it hard to read.

    That being said, the material is excellent, even where I might disagree. He deals with moral absolutes, for example, superbly. It deals with fewer topics, but with more depth.
     
  13. Cheshire Cat

    Cheshire Cat Puritan Board Sophomore

    It is very organized and would be good for something like a study group. With Spear Dane's qualifications noted, I liked it as an intro. book.
     
  14. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritan Board Doctor

    I forgot about the study questions. At the end of each chapter there are exegetical observations, detailed study questions, and recommended reading (most of the latter from Demar).
     
  15. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Is that a presupposition on your part?
     
  16. Dr Mike Kear

    Dr Mike Kear Puritan Board Freshman

    I'm reading it right now and finding it very instructive. :book2:
     
  17. Jim Johnston

    Jim Johnston Puritan Board Sophomore

    So his chapter arguing that his method was not fideistic was not a good rejoinder how, exactly?

    And, how is it "overrated?" It was billed as an "introduction."

    Lastly, he at least tried to offer substantial argumentation, unlike your comment. Indeed, your post seems like most of them: weak assertions begging to have arguments supporting them, like everything Stamper puts out.

    :um:
     
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