Christian Theistic Evidences  -     Edited By: K. Scott Oliphint
    By: Cornelius VanTil
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When defending Christianity, we often play by man's rules, letting secular science and philosophy determine the cards we're allowed to bring to the table. But can we effectively defend the primary authority of Scripture if we start with other sources of authority that relegate it to minor status from the outset? K. Scott Oliphint provides a foreword and explanatory notes in this retypeset syllabus, originally from Cornelius Van Til's famous Christian Evidences class at Westminster Seminary. Van Til argues for the defense of a pure, full-fledged Christianity, unadulterated by a scientific methodology founded on non-Christian assumptions. He offers us instead a Christian philosophy and methodology for defending the faith that presupposes the absolute authority of the triune God of Scripture.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1596389230
ISBN-13: 9781596389236

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When defending Christianity, we often play by man’s rules, letting secular science and philosophy determine the cards we’re allowed to bring to the table. But can we effectively defend the primary authority of Scripture if we start with other sources of authority that relegate it to minor status from the outset? K. Scott Oliphint provides a foreword and explanatory notes in this retypeset syllabus, originally from Cornelius Van Til’s famous Christian Evidences class at Westminster Seminary. Van Til argues for the defense of a pure, full-fledged Christianity, unadulterated by a scientific methodology founded on non-Christian assumptions. He offers us instead a Christian philosophy and methodology for defending the faith that presupposes the absolute authority of the triune God of Scripture.

Author Bio

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.

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Critics of Cornelius Van Til often complained that in Van Til’s presuppositionalist apologetics there was no room for the use of evidences to verify the Christian faith. But Van Til often said that evidences were an important part of apologetics. In fact, he taught a required course on Christian Evidences at Westminster Theological Seminary. Now the textbook for that course is available again, Christian Theistic Evidences, in a new edition with introduction and new footnotes by Scott Oliphint of Westminster, who has produced recent editions of other Van Til works. Christian Theistic Evidences is Van Til’s philosophy of fact, his philosophy of science, and as such it should interest everyone who seeks to understand Van Til’s work.
Christian-Theistic Evidences may not be the catchiest title for an apologetics text, but readers who have digested Van Til’s revolutionary insights will understand that it carries a profound double-meaning. Not only are there abundant evidences for the truth of Christian theism, the very idea of ‘evidences’ presupposes the truth of Christian theism. Evidences are, by nature, Christian theistic. If the sovereign God of the Bible exists, they can be nothing less. No one has pressed this point with more conviction than Van Til. I’m immensely grateful to P&R for issuing these new editions of Van Til’s major works with insightful editorial annotations by Scott Oliphint and William Edgar.
There is no greater misconception about the presuppositional epistemology of Van Til than that it has no place for offering evidences for the truth of Christianity. There is no more important recognition about this epistemology, rooted in Scripture as the self-attesting revelation of the Triune God essential for interpreting the whole of reality, than that it provides the only sound basis for a truly compelling presentation of the manifold evidence there is. The value of this seminally important work is greatly enhanced by Oliphint’s Forward and his editorial comments throughout.
Does the defense of the faith require evidences? Absolutely, as long as they are accounted for within the biblical worldview. Christian Theistic Evidences deserves to be better-known than it is. Historically, it represents Cornelius Van Til’s first, revolutionary statement of presuppositional (or covenantal) apologetics. It contains all of his major statements against the pretended neutrality of fact, of reason, and of foundations. Dr. Oliphint’s masterful annotations clarify and enhance the beauty of the text. His Introduction is pure gold. This is must reading for anyone who wishes apologetic method to be consistent with sound theology.

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