Puritan Board Doctor
I'm just thinking out loud here. No one disputes that Van Til and Bahnsen have really clarified and developed an excellent apologetic method in presuppositionalism. But it's new. So I'm wondering, since the truth is always with the church in some form or another, who were some predesessors to Van Til. I don't expect them to be as clear as Van Til obviously but it seems to me that if the method is so sound, the church would have at least encountered it in some primitive form long ago. I know that the idea of arguing an opponents position to absurdity to explain it's irrationality is a method of rhetoric that has been used for ages. Would this method of argument be the predesessor to presupp today? Know any historical authors who did this to defend Christianity?