Van Til's Apologetic: Readings & Analysis   -     By: Greg Bahnsen
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P & R Publishing / 1998 / Hardcover

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More than a simple Cook's tour of an influential apologist, Greg Bahnsen presents Van Til's theology as he actually wrote it, but with the added commentary necessary to bridge the gap between the perceived audience of the writer and the layman. Bahnsen doesn't oversimplify, but gives true commentary and context to spotlight the material in a way that even long-time Van Til readers will find refreshing.

Van Til didn't shy away from the difficult aspects of presuppositional apologetics (which uses Christianity as a starting point rather than nature or hard science), but embraced them, incorporating them into his presentation of the Christian worldview. Bahnsen molds much of the souce texts into a comprehensive treatise on Apologetics, and covers such varied ground as:

  • The place of Apologetics in Theology
  • The nature, necessity and aim of Apologetics
  • Apologetics in relation to Epistemology (the study of the limits and validity of knowledge)
  • Comparative apologetics
  • The complexities and failures of unbelief

    Although Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) authored over 250 separate pieces of material, he never released an in-depth systematic overview. This volume distills his thought on presuppositionalism, giving space to fully illustrate this biblically-based type of apologetical argument.

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    Format: Hardcover
    Number of Pages: 800
    Vendor: P & R Publishing
    Publication Date: 1998
    Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
    ISBN: 0875520987
    ISBN-13: 9780875520988

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    Publisher's Description

    In this volume, Bahnsen has gathered the primary passages on apologetics from the vast body of works by Cornelius Van Til, arranged them topically, and added incisive commentary and analysis. The result is a carefully organized digest of all that Van Til taught about apologetics with running exposition by Bahnsen.

    Author Bio

    Greg L. Bahnsen (MDiv, ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Southern California) was Scholar-in-Residence at the Southern California Center for Christian Studies in Irvine. A distinguished scholar, author, and debater, he wrote and lectured extensively in the areas of apologetics and biblical law.

    Editorial Reviews

    This is the late Dr. Bahnsen’s testament to today’s defenders of the truth. It is an encyclopedic synthesis of the thought of Cornelius Van Til, who was arguably the most original apologist of the twentieth century. In the grand tradition of the Sentences of the fathers, this study will be a standard for years to come.
    You must have this book, if you are serious about trying to understand Van Til’s thought.
    It is most welcome . . . to have this massive volume of readings and analysis of [Van Til’s] publications by his former student and a first-rate thinker in his own right. . . . This book will be of great benefit to mature theological students who wish to engage secular and other pagan ideologies in contemporary society.
    Bahnsen does a masterful job of systematizing the central themes in Van Til’s thought and follows them with carefully selected passages from Van Til’s books, essays, syllabuses, articles, lectures and so on.

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      April 6, 2002
      A must for all who are serious about apologetics!
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      October 17, 2001
      Buddy Boone
      There is no doubt that Greg Bahnsen not only fully understood Van Til's apologetic, he attempted to fully apply it to every area of life. This book is his best and most cogent work. Bahnsen, better than anyone else, was able to communicate Van Til's system and help others to understand it and use it. I recommend getting his taped debates with Atheist Gordon Stein (now deceased), and Atheist Edward Tabash, in order to hear how the system is applied. Michael Martin and others have tried to develop an answer to Bahnsen's fine tuning of Van Til's system (the TA - Transendental Argument), but so far their efforts have proved pitifully futile. Take up and read! Be ready to give an answer, a reason for the hope that lies within you!
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