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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433509024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433509025
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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About the Author

K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.


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K. Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written three books and numerous scholarly articles. See http://wts.edu/faculty/profiles/ksoliphint/kso_writings.html

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It's philosophy in subjection to theology!
Mike Robinson
With this in mind, let me declare that God With Us, subtitled Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God, is a book that will challenge the layperson.
Jude M St John
Oliphint chooses instead to use “Eimi/Eikonic distinction” as a better term, with the term “Eimi” to capture God as the true original.
SLIMJIM

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
When Cornelius Van Til retired as an apologetics professor over 30 years ago, he and his apologetic method took a lot of criticism. While he was often touted by an erudite guard of academic supporters, effusing about his supreme and most biblical apologetic method, the feeling for many was: where's the argument?

But with Greg Bahnsen's potent entry as Van Til's finest advocate--this innovative method was no longer so quickly and mistakenly dismissed. You may or may not choose to be a presuppositionalist, but Van Til's contemporary admirers have shown that it's an effective way to defend the truth, a way to win debates, and, at times, an intellectual dynamism that produces outstanding books. Many of these books advocate an apologetic built and centered on Christian theology.

To these recognized distinctions, it is time to add one more: K. Scott Oliphint's "God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God."

Herein the reader discovers a powerful theological and apologetic resource built upon Christian philosophy in service to biblical doctrine. Professor Oliphint winsomely discusses God's ontology as the One who is wholly independent (His aseity) as the infinite omnipotent being. Oliphint offers outstanding explication concerning God's essential attributes and how the mysteries therein are answered in the person of Jesus Christ: the incarnation of the God who spoke to Moses at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3).

The author discusses essentialism in relation to God's non-essential attributes: "Is it possible that God not create anything? The orthodox answer to this question is, of course, yes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SLIMJIM on January 15, 2014
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Anyone who wants to get a taste of strong Robust Reformed Theology Proper ought to read this book. Scott Oliphint, the professor apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary does an excellent job in this book. My copy is heavily highlighted with notes and comments. The following are some of the points that stood out to me:

- This work has a good discussion of aseity as a foundational doctrine of God: God is God and not dependent upon His creation or creature. From this point, it follows that God’s “essential attributes” are those that entail His independence (17). Also gave a good definition of Divine Simplicity (17-18).
- Oliphint gives a good hermeneutical principle concerning how to prioritize God’s attributes especially concerning passages that are anthropomorphic: “Contrary to what we have just noted, Scripture’s unity must be given priority in our interpretation of the various texts of Scripture. Muller denominates that priority as ‘ontological.’ He means that any and all texts of Scripture (and here we will confine our concerns to texts that deal with the character of God) that seek to tell us something of God’s character must be prioritized on the basis of the fundamental aseity of God” (27).
- The book is helpful in resolving the theological problem of how to account for passages in Scripture that describes God like man while also maintaining a strong aseity of Classical theism. I found it helpful his distinction between God’s essential attributes and Covenantal attributes in which the latter describes God’s condescension in relating to us. I think the term “covenantal” attributes is helpful even for those who might not subscribe to Covenant Theology.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jude M St John on December 20, 2011
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My ten-year old recently read a John Piper book. "Start `em young" is what I always say. After reading the book my daughter returned it with the admission that she didn't understand all of it. My reponse of "Good!" left her with a puzzled look that required an explanation. I explained that I was of the opinion that we should regularly be reading books that were a little bit beyond our reach; books that would stretch our minds and hearts and cause us to grow. I'm not sure if she will be returning to me for any reading recommendations, but I hold to this idea of reading materials that seem to be deeper and more profound than what we think we are able to ingest.

K. Scott Oliphint's recently released book is just that sort of book for me. I am a layman. I have no degrees in theology and have never taken a course at a seminary or any similar institution. I serve on the board at our church and lead a small group. I like to read and pursue my `theological training' through reading book and listening to lectures and sermons. There will be no doctorate or diploma at the end of my course of studies. So, more than likely, I am a reader just like you. With this in mind, let me declare that God With Us, subtitled Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God, is a book that will challenge the layperson. But it does so in a healthy and beneficial way. In a manner that is accessible to the lay person and with the glory of God clearly in view, K. Scott Oliphint has produced a compelling and awe-inspiring exposition of the theological and apologetical significance of the condescension of God. This late 2011 release came out just in time to be the best book I read this year!
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