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An Update and Expansion of Apologetic Contrasts,
This review is from: Reason and Worldviews: Warfield, Kuyper, Van Til and Plantinga on the Clarity of General Revelation and Function of Apologetics (Paperback)
Anderson continues his epistemic analysis of what he calls the Calling for Clarity and Inexcusability in Apologetics.
Owen Anderson makes significant contribution in the exploration of the relationship between faith and reason. He accomplishes this epistemic exercise by contrasting the apologetic formulations of Warfield, Kuyper, Plnatinga and Van Til. He prefers Warfield's position, but is not sharply opposed to the majority of the work of Van Til and Kuyper.
He is extremely careful in pointing out error or incongruity in these scholars as his goal is to demonstrate "the scope and sequence of the proofs required in showing clarity and inexcusability."
Subjects covered are:
1. Princeton and Common Sense Philosophy
2. Warfield and Right Reason
3. Warfield and Kuyper
4. Warfield and Van Til
5. Plantinga's epistemic work
Manata in his review argues that Anderson is confusing and unclear in discussing Van Til's apologetic. I agree with Manata nevertheless the author tries to give a careful summary of Van Til's apologetic and he seems to agree with much of Van Til's thought. Nonetheless he writes that Van Til's analysis of Warfield and Kuyper "seems to leave some problems." He argues that all worldviews must be circular including Van Til's. And he seems to reject Van Til's ultimate pre-commitment forasmuch as he affirms Reason as the only correct starting assumption.
Anderson contends that theistic proofs can be advanced if the apologist deals rightly with Hume's and Kant's criticisms (Plantinga has with the OAEG). Anderson's work should be commended as excellent introduction in the contrast between the above named apologetic giants. I recommend this well constituted and clearly defined philosophical effort.
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