Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Incinerating Presuppositionalism: Year Three

Today we reach the third anniversary of Incinerating Presuppositionalism. Yes, on this date in 2005 I began this blog, and it seems like yesterday. But so much has happened since then, a lot of material got published, and it seems that presuppositionalism is finally being abandoned by many who enthusiastically championed it. This past year was particularly productive for me, with the rollout of several series focusing on specific interactions, including my comprehensive review of Bahnsen’s defense of supernaturalism.

Below is a listing of all the blogs which posted since the second anniversary of my blog.


91. Incinerating Presuppositionalism: Year 2 – March 26, 2007

92. Virginia Tech – April 18, 2007

93. Christian Reaction to Virginia Tech – April 22, 2007

94. Would an Omniscient Mind Have Knowledge in Conceptual Form? – April 24, 2007

95. Pike on Concepts and Omniscience – April 27, 2007

96. Pike’s Pique – April 28, 2007

97. More Piqued Pike – April 29, 2007

98. Jet’s Flimsy Denials – May 2, 2007

99. Answering Ecualegacy, Pt. 1 – May 13, 2007

100. Answering Ecualegacy, Pt. 2 – May 15, 2007

101. Answering Ecualegacy, Pt. 3 – May 17, 2007

102. Answering Ecualegacy, Pt. 4 – May 20, 2007

103. A Succinct Summary of My Worldview – May 21, 2007

104. The Moral Uselessness of the 10 Commandments – May 22, 2007

105. The Problem of Saul – June 30, 2007

106. The Role of Imagination in Christian God-Belief – July 17, 2007

107. The Presuppositionalist View of Man’s Consciousness – August 1, 2007

108. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 1: Introduction – August 13, 2007

109. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 2: “The Reproach of the Transcendent” – August 15, 2007

110. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 3: “Defining the Metaphysical” – August 17, 2007

111. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 4: “Fundamental Distinctions” – August 19, 2007

112. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 5: “A Comprehensive Metaphysic” – August 21, 2007

113. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 6: “The Christian Metaphysic” – August 23, 2007

114. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 7: “Distinguishing Appearance from Reality” – August 25, 2007

115. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 8: “Ultimate Questions” – August 27, 2007

116. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 9: “Suprasensible Reality” – August 29, 2007

117. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 10: “Pure Motives?” – August 31, 2007

118. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 11: “The Case Against Metaphysics” – September 3, 2007

119. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 12: “Logical Positivism” – September 5, 2007

120. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 13: “Double Standards and Begging the Question” – September 7, 2007

121. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 14: “Philosophical Self-Deception” – September 9, 2007

122. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 15: “Further Difficulties” – September 11, 2007

123. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 16: “No Predictability” – September 17, 2007

124. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 17: “Naturalism versus Supernaturalism as Worldviews” – September 19, 2007

125. Bahnsen on “Knowing the Supernatural” Part 18: Final Assessment and Conclusion – September 21, 2007

126. Roadmap to Bahnsen on the Supernatural – September 23, 2007

127. Singhing the Greg Bahnsen Blues – September 25, 2007

128. Lord Oda on Faith – October 2, 2007

129. Lord Oda’s “Problem with Pain” – October 4, 2007

130. D. James Kennedy’s Impotent Jesus – November 26, 2007

131. My Chat with a Presuppositionalist – December 27, 2007

132. Van Til vs. Bahnsen – January 2, 2008

133. A Response to Vytautas – January 6, 2008

134. The Imaginative Basis of Vytautas’ God-Belief, Part 1 – January 11, 2008

135. The Imaginative Basis of Vytautas’ God-Belief, Part 2 – January 13, 2008

136. The Imaginative Basis of Vytautas’ God-Belief, Part 3 – January 14, 2008

137. The Imaginative Basis of Vytautas’ God-Belief, Part 4 – January 17, 2008

138. The Imaginative Basis of Vytautas’ God-Belief, Part 5 – January 18, 2008

139. Presuppositionalism and the Evasion of the Burden of Proof, Part 1 – February 1, 2008

140. Presuppositionalism and the Evasion of the Burden of Proof, Part 2 – February 3, 2008

141. Presuppositionalism and the Evasion of the Burden of Proof, Part 3 – February 4, 2008

142. Quixie on Witherington on Doherty – March 16, 2008


There's still a lot of work yet to do. So I now embark on the fourth year of Incinerating Presuppositionalism. I didn't get to everything I had planned to do in the third year, so the fourth year already has its work cut out for itself. I have lots of stuff in the mill, some almost ready to roll out. Hopefully I'll be able to carve out some time in my schedule so that I can finish it and post it up on this blog. So stay tuned, keep your eyes on the bouncing ball, for it moves quick.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Quixie on Witherington on Doherty

Christian apologist Ben Witherington recently published a blog attempting to refute Earl Doherty's book, The Jesus Puzzle, which presents his mythicist case about Jesus. Witherington's assessment of Doherty's case is typical of Christian reaction to the mythicist position in that it contains ample dosage of misinformation and unnecessary innuendo.

The Quixotic Infidel has posted his own examination of Witherington's reaction to Doherty in his blog entry titled wutherin' depths. In it, Quixie exposes the annoying nonchalance with which apologists are prone to take for granted points that are in fact racked with controversy as if they were undisputably favorable to the Christian literalist position. It's a refreshing read, and I recommend it to my readers.

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