Greg Bahnsen Bibliography

“Greg L. Bahnsen, (1948-1995), was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the theory of knowledge. He previously received the B.A. (magna cum laude, philosophy) from Westmont College, and then simultaneously earned the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Bahnsen lectured to a broad range of evangelical Christian groups at many colleges and conferences. He was an experienced apologist and debater, a clear and cogent teacher of the Christian worldview who was devoted to training believers in understanding and applying the Christian faith to every area of life. He published numerous scholarly articles, a number of well-known books, and has over 1,500 recorded lectures and sermons. NOTE: While Dr. Bahnsen died on December 11th, 1995, his audio tapes and written materials were, and still remain, the foundation for Covenant Media Foundation’s ministry.” – CMF

Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith (ISBN 0-915815-28-1)

By This Standard: The Authority Of God’s Law Today (ISBN 0-930464-06-0) (Available online for free.)

Five Views on Law and Gospel (Chapter contribution) (ISBN 0-310-21271-5)

Foundations of Christian Scholarship (2 Chapter Contributions) (ISBN 1-879998-25-4)

God and Politics: Four Views on the Reformation of Civil Government (Chapter contribution) (ISBN 0-87552-448-6)

Homosexuality: A Biblical View (ISBN 0-8010-0744-5)

House Divided: The Breakup of Dispensational Theology with Kenneth Gentry. (ISBN 0-930464-27-3) (Available online for free)

No Other Standard: Theonomy and Its Critics (ISBN 0-930464-56-7) (Available online for free)

Pushing the Antithesis (ISBN 0915815605; Sample)

Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended (ISBN 0915815559)

Theonomy: An Informed Response (2 Chapter contributions) (ISBN 0-930464-59-1)

Theonomy in Christian Ethics (ISBN 0-9678317-3-3)

Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis (ISBN 0-87552-098-7)

Victory in Jesus: The Bright Hope of Postmillennialism (ISBN 0-9678317-1-7)

The Standard Bearer: A Festschrift for Greg L. Bahnsen (ISBN 0-9678317-4-1)

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Worldviews in Collision: At War with the World

Worldviews, everyone has a worldview, whether they know it or not, whether spoken or unspoken, whether informal or formal. Most everyone is comfortable in their worldview, enough to defend their views when put on the spot. There are not many solipsists in reality. Most people believe they are right about their worldview. But considering the differences and contradictions, how many worldviews can actually be right? This is not to say that there are not grains of truth in different worldviews, but when I ask how many worldviews can be right, I am referring to the most basic presuppositions which make up a worldview, people’s answers to the “big questions” in life, like the question “does God exist?” This may come as a surprise, but when we talk about reality, and actuality, there is only one perfect worldview, and that is God’s worldview! Why or how? Because He is the Creator of everything, because He is omniscient, His perception of reality is perfect and complete lacking nothing. How can we know about God’s view of the world? We can know objectively through the inspired, infallible, inerrant revelations from God preserved in the writings of Sacred Scripture. We know subjectively through illumination given by God the Holy Spirit in reading the objective Word of God. So the foundation of the Christian worldview is the Bible, and because the Bible represents God’s view, we must set God’s worldview over and against non-believing worldviews. You see my friends, either Christianity is true or it is not, there is no “probability” about it. None of the writers of Scripture speak of their faith in God in a terms of probability. Would the apostles have suffered and given their lives up for a God they thought might exist, or probably, most likely exists? Absolutely not!

To the Romans the Apostle Paul declares:

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 (NKJV)

To the Colossians the Apostle Paul writes:

“that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3 (NKJV)

To the Philippians the Apostle Paul writes:

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:3-6

Finally, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for” Heb 11:1 (ESV)

This brief message written by me, were inspired by the following lectures given by Dr. Greg Bahnsen focusing on the antithesis between the Christian worldview and non-Christian worldviews.

Worldviews in Collision: At War with the World I – Part: 1 of 2: DOWNLOAD

Worldviews in Collision: At War with the World II – Part: 2 of 2: DOWNLOAD

At War With The Word – The Necessity Of Biblical Antithesis Transcript

For more free MP3’s, look under the “Van Tillian Media” header.

A Collection of Articles by Greg Bahnsen

One of my overall objectives for this blog/site is to bring together under one roof, as many Van Tillian resources as possible. With that said, this short post  is long overdue (my how time slips by, I’ve had CMF bookmarked for nine or ten years now lol).

For the record, it appears that Covenant Media Foundation owns the rights to the wealth of articles in the following link: GREG BAHNSEN ARTICLES

The articles address many different topics including: Apologetics, Authority, Autonomy, Christian Ethics, Critiques of Evidentialism and Classical Apologetics, Epistemology, Presuppositionalism, The Problem of Evil, Theology, Inerrancy, and Limited Atonement.

Fortunately the articles can be saved and copied, and converted into other formats such as pdf, epub, and mobi.

From all of my searching Covenant Media Foundation  appears to have the most comprehensive collection of articles by Dr. Bahnsen on the web, if not a nearly complete monopoly on everything Greg Bahnsen. I hope one day, CMF will be a little more generous with at least a select portion of their wealth of resources. In the meantime, Christians lacking financially will have to settle for the free articles, a handful of mp3’s, and the select few YouTube offerings.

How To use the Trandscendental Argument for the Existence of God

In 1985 at the University of California, Christian Dr. Greg Bahsen debated atheist Dr. Gordon Stein. The title of the debate is simply “The Great Debate: Does God Exist?”, and for us Christians the debate lived up to the greatness in the title. This is now considered a “classic” debate, and one we can all learn from.

Notice at the beginning of the debate Dr. Bahnsen say’s:

“It is necessary at the outset of our debate to define our terms; that is always the case.  And in particular here, I should make it clear what I mean when I use the term “God”.  I want to specify that I’m arguing particularly in favor of Christian theism, and for it as a unit or system of thought and not for anything like theism in general, and there are reasons for that. The various conceptions of deity found in world religions are in most cases logically incompatible, leaving no unambiguous sense to general theism – whatever that might be.  I have not found the non-Christian religions to be philosophically defensible, each of them being internally incoherent or undermining human reason and experience.

Since I am by the grace of God a Christian, I cannot, from the heart, adequately defend those religious faiths with which I disagree. My commitment is to the Triune God and the Christian world view based on God’s revelation in the Old and New Testaments. So, first I am defending Christian theism.” –Apol_Bahnsen_Stein_Debate_Transcript

One “classic” moment during the debate occured during the cross examinations…

Bahnsen:  I heard you use “logical binds” and “logical self-contradiction” in your speech .

You did say that?

Stein:   I used that phrase, yes.

Bahnsen:  Do you believe there are laws of logic then?

Stein:   Absolutely.

Bahnsen:  Are they universal?

Stein:   They are agreed upon by human beings not realizing it is just out in nature.

Bahnsen:  Are they simply conventions then?

Stein:   They are conventions that are self-verifying.

Bahnsen:  Are they sociological laws or laws of thought?

Stein:   They are laws of thought which are interpreted by man.

Bahnsen:  Are they material in nature?

Stein:   How could a law be material?

Bahnsen:  That’s the question I’m going to ask you.

Stein:   I would say no.

B.  Stein Examines Bahnsen

Stein:   Dr. Bahnsen, would you call God material or immaterial?

Bahnsen:  Immaterial.

Stein:   What is something that’s immaterial?

Bahnsen:  Something not extended in space.

Stein:   Can you give me any other example, other than God, that’s immaterial?

Bahnsen:  The laws of logic.

How Not to use the Trandscendental Argument for the Existence of God

Before I point out objections, let me just say that the Rev. Matt Slick is the owner of CARM (Christian Apologetics Research Ministry), he is a Calvinist, and a man I greatly respect and have admired for many years. I really do appreciate his intentions in the video, and I appreciate how he articulates the gist of TAG  providing an understandable explanation and provides a number of answers to common objections in a short period of time. Admittedly the clip is short, however, there are a couple of weaknesses to the version of TAG he presents in the video, although they are not weaknesses per say to the audience he is addressing, the issues remain.

My first objection is that Rev Slick does not start or begin with the existence of God, rather in the video his starting point is logic, thus the method he uses in the video is “rationalism”, or “classical apologetics”.

My second objection is the limited audience, he addresses atheists, which is fine so far as it goes, but using his method, this means any believer in a god or gods can claim the valid use of TAG, and this is not so my friends! So the atheist may soften their position to agnosticism and ask the old question, “assuming you’ve proved a god exists, which God exists, how can we know which one?”

Anyway listen for yourself, and let me know what you think.