All students of apologetics should read at least one book by arguably the most important apologist of the twentieth century: Cornelius Van Til. The single best point of entry into Van Til's writings is Christian Apologetics. Here Van Til presents the underpinnings of his uniquely biblical approach. He shows how Christian apologetics is rooted in a unified system of scriptual truth, a worldview that encompasses all spheres of knowledge. Noting the ultimate conflict between Christian and non-Christian systems, Van Til sets forth a method of argument that centers on an all-important, biblically defined point of contact with the unbeliever. In this the first typeset edition, William Edgar sheds light on Van Til's approach by adding a new introduction and explanatory notes.
This book originated in Van Tils seminary syllabus in 1929. This went through many editions and was first published for use outside the classroom as a book by P&R in 1975. Since then, it has become a classic of apologetics theory and practice. In this edition, editor Bill Edgar adds an introduction and explanatory notes.
Cornelius Van Til (18951987) was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to America in 1905. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary before completing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University with the ThM and PhD degrees. Drawn to the pastorate, Van Til spent one year in the ministry before taking a leave of absence to teach apologetics at Princeton Seminary. When the seminary reorganized, he was persuaded to join the faculty of the newly founded Westminster Theological Seminary. He remained there as professor of apologetics until his retirement in 1975. Van Til wrote more than twenty books, in addition to more than thirty syllabi. Among his best-known titles are The Defense of the Faith, A Christian Theory of Knowledge, and An Introduction to Systematic Theology.
An enduring Reformed classic has become more accessible to students and pastors, thatnks to this new annotated edition with an excellent introduction by Westminster professor William Edgar.
The appearance of this edition is most welcome. Its value is only enhanced by the editors comments, which are invariably helpful, never intrusive.
Van Tils application of Reformed theology to apologetics is as wide and deep and rich as that theology itself. Because of its multifaceted character, his approach can only be grasped by reading him. This introductory work is the place to begin.