A conversation with John Frame

BENYOLA: Final question. I am an unbeliever, a secularist. John Frame, why do you believe in God, why are you a Christian?

FRAME: I’m a Christian because I heard the gospel as a boy, and it seemed completely compelling to me, I had no argument against it. I can only say that this the work of the Holy Spirit in my heart. I don’t have any other explanation that makes any sense.

BENYOLA: And how do you know what you believe is true?

FRAME: I know what I believe is true because I know what the principles are for finding truth, and following those principles as consistently as possible, I come to the beliefs of the Nicene Creed.

BENYOLA: Why the Creed, specifically?

FRAME: Oh, I could have said the Apostles’ Creed, I could have said the Gospel of John, I could have said Genesis. It’s the whole content of Scripture.

BENYOLA: What are your current writing projects?

FRAME: I’m hoping to publish an intro to tri-perspectivalism tentatively called Theology in Three Dimensions. And Vern Poythress is hoping to publish a major work showing how perspectivalism arises out of the doctrine of the Trinity.

BENYOLA: Tri-perspectivalism, we understand, is the dividing of major topics of Scripture into three perspectives for pedagogical purposes. You have charts in an appendix to Systematic Theology that show many Bible doctrines in a tri-perspectival grid, normative, situational and existential.

FRAME: Well, yes, Systematic Theology does cover tri-perspectivalism in some length, but not everyone is inclined to pick up a 1,000-page book to learn about it!


Further study

Presuppositional apologetics

The Defense of the Faith, Cornelius Van Til

Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended, Greg Bahnsen

Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology, K. Scott Oliphint

Religion, Reason, and Revelation, Gordon H. Clark

Various resources on the theology, philosophy and apologetics of Cornelius Van Til

Overview, Presuppositional Apologetics, Matt Slick

Classical apologetics

Summa Theologica, 2a2ae, Thomas Aquinas

Proslogium, or, Discourse on the Existence of God, Anselm

Liber Apologeticus, Tertullian

Confessions, Augustine

Apologetics of the Early Church, R.C. Sproul

Overview, Classical Apologetics, Matt Slick

Historical and evidential apologetics

Contra Celsus, Origen

Studies in Theology, Volume 9, B.B. Warfield

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, William Lane Craig

The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell

Not a Chance: God, Science, and the Revolt Against Reason, R.C. Sproul and Keith Mathison

The Case For a Creator, Lee Strobel

Overview, Evidential Apologetics, Matt Slick


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