The Defense of the Faith
February 2004

The Myth of Neutrality

By R. J. Rushdoony

Neither the law nor the courts can be neutral with respect to a man charged with any of these crimes, or others. Rather, a good court suspends judgment pending the testimony. Neutrality posits an indifference; a suspended judgment means that any conclusion must be preceded by a rigorous examination of evidence.

Revelation or Reason?

By Mark R. Rushdoony

Much of our sin occurs when we give our thoughts priority over God's Word, which is, really, to put ourselves before God.

Van Til's Illustrations

By Jim West

There is an Arabian proverb that reads, He who speaks best must turn men's ears into eyes...Van Til's illustrations were always discreet, which made them all the more effective. He was no skyscraper preacher or theologian, who majored in stories.

Appointed for the Defense of the Gospel: The Life and Ministry of Greg L. Bahnsen

By Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.

One of the key areas of Christian endeavor is also one of the most pressing religious concerns before the church today: apologetics.

By Eugene Clingman

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (Rom.1:18). According to Cornelius Van Til this verse and the next contain the crux of the Biblical apologetical method, which has come to be known as the presuppositional method.

By Forrest W. Schultz

The question of life after death has always been one of the major bones of contention between Christianity and atheism.

By Roger Schultz

A Chalcedon reader who attends a state university in southern California recently wrote to me about his experiences. My prof opened up a lecture with this statement: I am a Jew from Brooklyn and I am agnostic. My favorite topic of discussion is religio and I hate Christians.' The Christian student had known that he would have to jump through some fiery hoops in academia, and understood that the higher he went the worse it [would] get. But the Jewish teacher from Brooklyn took him by surprise as this class that I am taking is called, of all things, cultural pluralism.

By Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Hebraic Christianity is the religion of a people in covenant with the God of the Bible, the Sovereign of the Universe.

By Tom Rose

If your bank is like mine, you have been inundated with sweet-appearing advertising posters every time you enter your bank.

By Rick Williams

There is an inclination, on the part of many, to enjoy the fruit of the tree without even ever looking up to see whence it came. Lewis Peyton Little

By Christopher B. Strevel

Early in the 20th century, Christian apologetics recovered its objectivity and moved a step closer to theological consistency through the work of Cornelius Van Til.

By Ian Hodge

Presuppositionalism is a fact of life. Everyone works from basic assumptions, or presuppositions. But not everyone is self-conscious of his or her presuppositions.

By Warren Kelley

Since the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, much has been written and discussed about the nature of Islam and whether it is truly a religion of peace. But in the two and a half years that have passed since that terrible day, how much have we learned about what Islam teaches and how those beliefs compare to our own?