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This new, annotated edition of The Defense of the Faith restores the full text of the original work in a form that is more easily understood. Cornelius Van Til, who taught for more than forty-five years at Westminster Seminary, sometimes used philosophical vocabulary in The Defense, and many of his conversation partners and critics were not widely known. When later editions greatly abridged this work for these reasons, valuable discussions were laid aside.
Now they are restored, and with added clarification. Newly edited and retypeset, this unabridged edition features a foreword and explanatory notes by K. Scott Oliphint, which help us grasp a method of apologetics consistent with the nature of Christianity itself and continually relevant to our time.
Includes a Foreword by K. Scott Oliphint
About the Author
Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) was professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary until his retirement in 1975.
About the Editor
K. Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Publisher: P and R Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN 13: 9780875526447
“If Cornelius Van Til is the most original apologist of the twentieth century, The Defense of the Faith is arguably his most important book. This new edition provides an enormous service to the reader. The somewhat challenging text is abundantly illuminated by Scott Oliphint, who is no doubt the leading expert on Van Til in our times.”
- William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This work has a cumulatively delightful effect in exposing the pretensions of human autonomy and the grandeur of God's sovereign grace. In his careful, thorough, and sympathetic notes, Professor Oliphint has done us all a tremendous service: turning down the frustration and turning up the delight!”
- Michael S. Horton, Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“The original is back, with Scott Oliphint's excellent foreword and explanatory footnotes. Now Van Til is much more understandable, and his opponents too. How stimulating it must have been to be part of that dialogue in the early days of Reformed apologetics! We need that stimulus now if we are to deal with unbelief in a God-honoring way.”
- John M. Frame