- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: P & R Publishing; 2 edition (February 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0875525113
- ISBN-13: 978-0875525112
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Cornelius Van Til (1895 1987) was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to America in 1905. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary before completing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University with the ThM and PhD degrees.
Drawn to the pastorate, Van Til spent one year in the ministry before taking a leave of absence to teach apologetics at Princeton Seminary. When the seminary reorganized, he was persuaded to join the faculty of the newly founded Westminster Theological Seminary. He remained there as professor of apologetics until his retirement in 1975.
Van Til wrote more than twenty books, in addition to more than thirty syllabi. Among his best-known titles are The Defense of the Faith, A Christian Theory of Knowledge, and An Introduction to Systematic Theology.
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OK, I'l be honest, I was very eager to finish this book when I got near the end. But I did finish it, and I don't regret having read it! Van Till does an impressive job of packing very deep subject material into such a small soft-cover book. The subject matter is very interesting, but in the final analysis it is not easy reading. If you want an easy read, go elsewhere. If you want to gain a deep insight on the apologetical method of Van Til, who is quite popular in Reformed circles, by all means do read this!
Van Til spends much of this book explaining the shortcomings of the Roman Catholic and Arminian apologetic methods while demonstrating how the Reformed presuppositional framework is the proper framework to employ when apologizing from a Biblical worldview.
I recommend this book to any person looking for a solid introduction to Van Tillian thought written by Van Til himself and including insightful comments by William Edgar, professor of apologetics at Westminster Seminary.
This book is certainly worthy of the time of any Reformed Christian that is looking to follow the command of 1 Peter 3:15. A more comprehensive book would be The Defense of The Faith, but I'd suggest that book for people already knowledgeable with Van Til.