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James Denney in The Atonement and The Modern Mind, raises the issue of how does one present the doctrine of the atonement to men and women who cannot conceive of sin as a real category and who cannot see how the life, death and resurrection of Jesus can affect their life in this present time. His explanation for how to proceed is interesting, coming as it does before the apologetic split between evidentialists and presuppositionalists. From this passage he seems to be taking up both sides: Use evidence and argument to demonstrate the instability and irrationality of opponent’s presuppositions (philosophy). Such an argument does not bring anyone to a saving faith. However, it does create space in which to present the Gospel (in making this argument, he sounds a note very similar to Francis Schaeffer). If anything, he seems to be articulating a presuppositionalist apologetic before Van Till:

We have to take men as we find them; we have to preach the gospel to the mind which is around us; and if that mind is rooted in a view of the world which leaves no room for Christ and His work as Christian experience has realised them, then that view of the world must be appreciated by the evangelist, it must be undermined at its weak places, its inadequacy to interpret all that is present even in the mind which has accepted it—in other words, its inherent inconsistency—must be demonstrated; the attempt must be made to liberate the mind, so that it may be open to the impression of realities which under the conditions supposed it could only encounter with instinctive antipathy. (Page 20)