Monthly Archives: June 2013

What is a Cow?

“Suppose that I am a scientist investigating the life and ways of a cow. What is this cow? I say it is an animal. But that only pushes the question back. What is an animal? To answer that question I … Continue reading

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Van Til and the Idealism of Bosanquet

After some initial comments on the method of systematic theology, Van Til then moves on to address the views of some prominent British Idealists, particularly those of Bernard Bosanquet (Introduction to Systematic Theology (2007), p27-28). Unfortunately, Van Til’s comments at … Continue reading

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The Method of Systematic Theology

Van Til claims that “the method of Christian theism [is] the method of implication” (Introduction, p27). By this, Van Til means a combination of a priori and a posteriori approaches to systematic theology. Putting things simply, a priori knowledge is … Continue reading

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Systematic Theology and Apologetics

Van Til engages with the view of B. B. Warfield concerning the relation of systematic theology to apologetics and the nature of apologetics itself (Introduction to Systematic Theology, p17-19). Van Til considered Warfield’s distinction between the method of systematic theology … Continue reading

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Van Til’s Presuppositions

At the beginning of Chapter 1 of his “An Introduction to Systematic Theology” Van Til immediately states the main presuppositions upon which all apologetic activity – ultimately, all rational thought – rests. Firstly, God exists. Secondly, He has revealed himself … Continue reading

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Procrastination, be gone!

After a number of years of neglect and procrastination, the Blog of Hobbes is back. My expectations and goals are more modest this time around. Much water has flowed under the theological bridge. You will see what I mean.

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