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David Limbaugh, the Presuppositional Apologist?

I was listening to my Rush Limbaugh podcast yesterday, and interestingly he was interviewing his brother, David, about his new book, Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel, which is an apologetic for Christianity.

What was particularly intriguing was that, along with standard evidential arguments he presents in the book, Limbaugh’s primary argumentation is apparently presuppositional. Here’s a relevant quote from the interview:

Studying theology fascinated me so much and contains so much truth, self-evident truth that I believe that the Bible itself affirms the truth of the Gospel, and it’s self-evidently true when you start studying it. So I hadn’t ever opened my mind to it and opened my eyes to it, and I wanted to share some of these stories. I call ’em “a-ha moments,” things that drew me into Christianity.

Some of the attractive teachings, Jesus’ teachings and biblical teachings. I call them “the paradoxical teachings.” They seem counterintuitive but they are so true once you study them and dig down deeper. I wanted to share these teachings to people because I think the Bible serves as its own apologetic — that if you’ll just give the Bible and theology a chance, you won’t even need these other formal methods in classical apologetics, which I am supporting. I included a bunch of that in my book comprehensively. But I also believe that we need to give the Bible a chance. It tells us that we can become believers by reading and studying it. That’s its promise.

The whole interview is fascinating, especially considering the context, and the book might be worth picking up.

Here’s the transcript of the interview.

UPDATE (9/16, 10:09am CST): David Limbaugh responds:

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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