Men’s Study, June 2021 – Presuppositional Apologetics

Studying: Paul Washer, Knowing the Living God, p.2, #1: Proverbs 9:10 

Doctrine studied: presuppositional apologetics 

“Presuppositional” means having to do with things that must be assumed, presumed, or known before hand

“Apologetics” is the study of how we defend our faith. Not “apologizing” for things, but “defending” the faith, from the Greek apologia, which means “defense.”

We believe that both “classical” and “presuppositional” apologetics have something to teach us, but that the most biblical approach is presuppositional apologetics. This means approaching all questions about the soul of man and how the world works only in light of the fact that the God of the Scriptures exists, and that humans know that He exists but suppress that knowledge in unrighteousness.

Other vital verses: 

Psalm 36:9 “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” This verse teaches that can only begin to have true knowledge about anything in light of the fact that God exists and is Himself the only source of true knowledge.

Ecc 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” This verse teaches that God has put eternity in the hearts of all people. In other words, people have a sense of heaven and hell, and people have a sense that their soul is going to outlast this lifetime.

Romans 1. This vital chapter teaches that people know that God exists but they willfully suppress that truth because of their unrighteousness and their love for sin and self.

How we must put this doctrine into practice: 

i) When defending the faith 

ii) In every life situation 

iii) When guiding our brothers and sisters in Christ 

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