Dr. Couch, what is presuppositional apologetics?
This is what most Evangelicals would hold to. It presupposes the truth
about Christianity as the starting point of apologetics. In apologetics
one must present the Christian view first and foremost and no other
argument is sufficient. It presupposes the truth of the Bible and of the
Revelation and the revealed Word is the starting
point. No other arguments will lead men to Christ. And yes, apologetics
assumes the total depravity of man. So only the Word, applied to the
heart and mind by the Holy Spirit will, have positive effect and
Francis Schaeffer was said to promote "practical"
presuppositional apologetics. Only living in a practical way the Word of
God was the responsibility of the believer. The "livability" of the
Word was a test for the falsity of non-Christian systems. By this the
truth of Christianity was demonstrated to the world.
certainly believe all that is mentioned above, I have found that good,
strong doctrine and systematic theology is what is needed by students of
Scripture to create solid teachers of the Scriptures. (This is why I
majored in Systematic Theology in grad school.)
I find a lot of
younger men today are enamored by apologetics, but the problem is that
it is an interesting study in itself but it does not create a strong
understanding of the Word. Apologetics can become a study in philosophy
but not really create exegetes.
I have taken my share of graduate apologetic courses but when finished I said "So what?"
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch