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Intelligibility

Christianity is the sine qua non of the intelligibility of anything. Van Til quoted in Bahnsen, The Defense of the Faith (P&R, 1955), p279.

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The Lord of Apologetics

In the words of 1 Peter 3:15, the personal prerequisite for offering a reasoned defense of the Christian faith is to have “set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts.” Christ must be the ultimate authority over our philosophy, our … Continue reading

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Van Til’s Circular Meanderings

I hold that belief in God is not merely as reasonable as other belief, or even a little or infinitely more probably true than other belief; I hold rather that unless you believe in God you can logically believe in … Continue reading

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Kelly James Clark on Presuppositionalism

Clark is no fan of presuppositionalism. Here are some quotes from Stephen B. Cowan (ed.), Five Views on Apologetics. (No idea what the page numbers are. It’s the kindle edition.) On Van Til: Although I have read some of the published writings … Continue reading

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God: the principium essendi of knowledge

After Van Til’s brief discussion of Idealism, in his Introduction to Systematic Theology, he moves on to discuss the principium essendi of knowledge (p. 29). Van Til claims that all of our knowledge has its origin and foundation in God. … Continue reading

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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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