*Note: That is Douglas Wilson on the left.
Dayton: Pastor Wilson, for those who do not know, how would you describe presuppositional apologetics?
Doug Wilson: There are two basic ways to approach this. You can either try to come alongside the unbeliever and reason to the Bible, or you can approach the unbeliever and reason from the Bible. The former is an evidential approach, and the latter is the presuppositional approach. The two approaches are commonly assumed to be mutually exclusive, but I don’t think that is necessary at all.
One other thing I want to point out is how Doug Wilson got into Presuppositionalism.
Dayton: Was there any particular author or professor that sparked your interest in presuppositional apologetics?
Doug Wilson: One of the first books I ever published was a book of practical apologetics entitled Persuasions. It was picked up by a Christian book catalog company, which I appreciated, and when the catalog arrived I found my book in it. Someone else had written the blurb for it, and it said that this was fine little introduction to Van Tilian apologetics. I thought, “It is?” Yikes. I had better read some Van Til. So I got his The Defense of the Faith, and enjoyed it very much. But since I had not gotten my presuppositionalism from Van Til, where had I gotten it? Surprisingly, the answer is C.S. Lewis — particularly the early chapters of his book Miracles. Lewis was presuppositional or evidential, depending on the circumstances. But I initially learned this kind of argumentation from him.