Nevertheless, presuppositionalism tends to remain far too difficult for most believers to understand. What in the world are presuppositions anyway? Too often, presuppositionalists remain content in using technical and philosophical jargon in explaining our view. We'll use phrases like "epistemological inconsistency" or "the preconditions of intelligibility." Our approach to defending the faith never gets down to the grass-roots level. But it should--and it must.
Answering this challenge is Richard Pratt and his book Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth. Specifically written for the high school level and above, this work admirably popularizes presuppositional apologetics. The result is a helpful and easy read.
Pratt's writing really is this book's greatest strength. His is the first presuppositionalist book that I have read where ordinary language is used throughout. The chapters even include helpful pictures and diagrams to visually help readers understand the points being made. I have finally found a book that I am not afraid to recommend to sincere Christians desiring to learn how to defend their faith.
If there is a shortcoming that I find with the book, it is that this work is too short. Pratt takes care in laying down the foundation of our apologetic task, but he seems to rush through applying these biblical principles at the end. Since he intended it to be a practical manual, I would have liked to see a little more "how-to"ness.
Regardless, all Christians desiring to defend our faith will benefit by reading Every Thought Captive. I pray that it will inspire and equip many believers to become apologists. I wholeheartedly agree with John Frame as he writes in his foreword:
Reformed people have been generally weak in training one another to do apologetics. Generally we have set forth the theory and have hoped that the practice would take care of itself. But this attitude has often kept Reformed apologetics in the status of a scholars' game. That ought not to be. Van Til's insights are life-transforming and world-transforming. It is time that gifted apologists be mobilized to press the claims of Scripture upon their friends and neighbors and upon the whole opinion-making process of our culture (vii-viii).