Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis

Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis

Bahnsen, Greg L.

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"Best of Van Til under one cover" Bahnsen’s exposition and Interaction with critics of Van Til.

About the Author

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.

Book Details

800 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
ISBN 10: 0875520987
ISBN 13: 9780875520988

“This the 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.”- William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Our Confident expectation is that this volume will prove effective both as an introduction to [Van Til’s] thought and for promoting a deepening understanding of it.” - Richard B. Gaffin Jr. and K. Scott Oliphint, Professors, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Cornelius Van Til’s distinctive, Reformed approach to apologetics (“transcendental,” “presuppositional,” and “covenantal”) stands as a milestone in the history of Reformed theology. Greg Bahnsen’s volume captures the significance of Van Til’s contribution in a way that preserves the details of his approach. Bahnsen’s lucid style brings greater clarity to Van Til’s corpus and is a must read for students of Van Til’s theology and apologetics. Bahnsen provides helpful discussions of the issue of ultimate authority and human knowledge, the impossibility of the contrary, the transcendental argument for God’s existence, and an epistemologically self-conscious apologetic. He also offers insightful treatments of the importance of Reformed theology for apologetics, the presuppositional conflict of worldviews, the relation of presuppositions and the use of evidence, and an analysis of competing apologetical systems (evidentialism and natural theology). Bahnsen also opens an illuminating window on Van Til’s relationship to Old Princeton (especially Warfield) and Amsterdam (Kuyper) and shows where he agrees and disagrees with each. Another hallmark is the judicious selection of primary readings.”
- Jeff Waddington - Westminster Bookstore Staff

“. . . You must have this book, if you are serious about trying to understand Van Til’s thought.”
- John Frame

“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.”
- E. Earle Ellis, Southwestern Journal of Theology

“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.”
- Anthony B. Bradley, Presbyterion