The Appeal of Presuppositional Apologetics in a Postmodern Culture

Apologetics is meant to touch people

In the Global West, we live in a postmodern culture.  Some will haggle over whether this means modernism is dead or just reached its inevitable destination.  But no matter — the future is now, and Christians must live and minister in the era we find ourselves in.

William Edgar, seminary professor and cultural apologist at Westminster Theological Seminary, gave an address in 1995 describing why presuppositional apologetics is perhaps the most faithful method of explaining/defending Christianity.  But he did not stop there.  His plea was for Christians to drop the apologetic methodological arguments so we can join forces in the actual task of engaging our world for the message of the gospel.  To aid Christians in this task, he explains why presuppositional (i.e., transcendental) apologetics is an attractive method to the postmodern mind because it engages the person as a person, not just as “a walking idea.”  Furthermore, the presuppositional method can incorporate the use of story and narrative (which is so attractive to the postmodern mind) to answer objections to the gospel.  Read Edgar’s brief paper and ask yourself whether his suggestions and arguments (his “apology” for his apologia) are persuasive.

Read “Without Apology: Why I Am a Presuppositionalist”

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