Common Grace and the Gospel, Second Edition   -     Edited By: K. Scott Oliphint
    By: Cornelius Van Til
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What point of contact does the Christian have with the world in order to bring the biblical message to the nonbeliever? How can the doctrines of election and total depravity be reconciled with the universal offer of the gospel and human responsibility? Does our Lord show favor to saint and sinner alike?

Cornelius Van Til addresses these and related questions in this collection of essays on common grace and its relevance to the gospel. He sets forth a Christian philosophy of history; examines the views of Abraham Kuyper, Herman Hoeksema, and others in the debate over common grace; and replies to criticism.

This edition has been edited by K. Scott Oliphint, an expert in the field. Oliphint has edited the text for readability and has added his own notations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1596385839
ISBN-13: 9781596385832

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What point of contact does the Christian have with the world in order to bring the biblical message to the nonbeliever? How can the doctrines of election and total depravity be reconciled with the universal offer of the gospel and human responsibility? Does our Lord show favor to saint and sinner alike? Restoring the full text of the original 1972 work, this collection of annotated essays addresses questions on common grace and its relevance to the gospel. A pioneer in presuppositional apologetics, Cornelius Van Til sets forth a Christian philosophy of history; examines the views of Abraham Kuyper, Herman Hoeksema, and others in the debate over common grace; and replies to criticism.

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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If non-Christians are totally depraved, and if depravity is the corruption of all areas of life, then how can believers and nonbelievers cooperate on anything? Worse, how can they communicate? Indeed, how is it possible for nonbelievers to say anything true? This is a major area of discussion in Reformed theology. Calvin wrestled with it, and Abraham Kuyper devoted three volumes to it. In the early 20th century there was a controversy in the Christian Reformed Church on the subject. Van Til was drawn into the discussion because he had friends on both sides, and because his apologetic places into the center of discussion the non-Christian's suppression of the truth (Rom. 1). Van Til's account of the matter has been controversial, even among his disciples. But there is much we can learn from him on this subject, and anyone who wants to understand his apologetic and theology must engage his thought at this point. Scott Oliphint, who has edited other works of Van Til, has taken up the difficult but worthy task of explaining Van Til˙s thoughts on common grace to twenty-first century readers.

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