“Apologetics”

“Apologetics”

by John Frame [This article was originally published in Kevin Vanhoozer, ed., Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible ( Grand Rapids : Baker Book House, 2005), 57-58. This is copyrighted material, used by permission of Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, copyright © 2005. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from...

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“But God Made Me This Way!”

“But God Made Me This Way!”

 by John M. Frame [Tabletalk 21:3 (Mar., 1997), 8-11. Also published in Immanuel 107 (Mar., 1997), 3.]   Homosexuals today commonly claim that they cannot help being homosexual. Homosexuality, they argue, is innate: perhaps genetically determined, in any case so deeply ingrained in their very being that it is, for them, an inescapable condition. Therefore, they conclude, church and society should accept homosexuality as natural and normal. Surely, they insist, it is unfair to condemn people for what they...

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“Certainty”

“Certainty”

 by John M. Frame [“Certainty,” for IVP Dictionary of Apologetics.]   Certainty is a lack of doubt about some state of affairs. For example, if I have no doubt that the earth is the third planet from the sun, then I can be said to be certain of that fact. Certainty admits of degrees, just as doubt admits of degrees. Absolute certainty is the lack of any doubt at all. Short of that, there are various levels of relative certainty. Philosophers have sometimes distinguished between psychological certainty,...

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“Cornelius Van Til”

“Cornelius Van Til”

by John M. Frame [This essay was originally published in Walter Elwell, ed., Handbook of Evangelical Theologians (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993), 156-67. Used by permission of Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, copyright 1993. All rights to this material are reserved. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Baker Publishing Group. www.bakerbooks.com;...

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“Cornelius Van Til” (IVP Dictionary of Apologetics)

“Cornelius Van Til” (IVP Dictionary of Apologetics)

by John M. Frame [“Van Til, Cornelius ,” for IVP Dictionary of Apologetics.] Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987), Reformed theologian and apologist, was born in Grootegast, Holland. At the age of ten, he moved with his family to Highland, Indiana. The Van Tils affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, and Cornelius attended denominational schools, the Calvin Preparatory School, Calvin College and (for one year) Calvin Theological Seminary, all in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He transferred to Princeton Theological...

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“Death of God Theology”

“Death of God Theology”

by John M. Frame Associate Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology Westminster Theological Seminary in California   [Article for Dictionary of Christian Theology, published by Inter-Varsity Press, edited by Sinclair Ferguson and David Wright.] In the mid-1960s, counter-cultural radicalism was echoed in theology as a few thinkers adopted Nietzsche’s slogan, “God is dead.” Thomas J. J. Altizer argued that God had become fully human in Christ, so as to lose his divine attributes and...

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