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Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology Paperback – November 1, 2006
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--The book is broken up into 4 Parts and 16 chapters:
1. Introduction and Survey
4. Implication and Application
--This is basically an addition to philosophy of religion. It serves as an 'offensive' apologetic, laying out the philosophy the Bible presents. This being the case, it is close to theology, but Oliphint is very conversant with the major philosophers. In the preface he writes, "Thus my goals are (1) to set forth a theological structure, for epistemology and metaphysics, that shows the relevance of Reformed thought, centrally set forth in Van Til's works, to current discussions in philosophy and philosophy of religion (natural theology); (2) to demonstrate that Reformed though has already broached virtually every discussion now in play in philosophy of religion; and (3) to interact with (at least some of) the main proponents in philosophy of religion.
--What was great about this book is that Oliphint is not your normal philosopher of religion. He is first and foremost a Reformed theologian. Scripture, not reason, is his ultimate commitment. Philosophy is the handmaid to Theology. Reason is ministerial, not magisterial (following Turretin). He argues for a dual metaphysic (creature/Creator), and a covenantal epistemology (Revelation). Parts of this book are tough to wade through. Maybe I should take some philosophy electives and come back to this one in a few years.
If the writing is bad, the philosophy is worse. The first part of the book provides one of those most haphazard and mislead histories of philosophy I've ever read. This wouldn't pass a freshman seminar on philosophy at a research one university, and I find it hard to believe Westminster really tolerates this kind of shoddy, revisionist philosophy.Read more ›
This is a fairly easy read aimed at intellectually-able high school graduates while he often quotes from Turretin as well as other relevant scholars.
Oliphint echoes previous scholars as he notes: "Given any fact or experience, it (TA) asks the question as to the presuppositions behind that fact, and which make it possible." Michael Butler adds that "only the Christian worldview provides the necessary preconditions for the intelligibility of human experience. That is, only the Christian view of God, creation, providence, revelation, and human nature can make sense of the world in which we live."
also see the presuppositional apologetic works: Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction
Truth, Knowledge and the Reason for God: The Defense of the Rational Assurance of Christianity
and some of Bahnsen's works too.
Oliphint gives students, apologists, ministers, and philosophers a fine resource that advocates philosophy's servitude to theology. He is Reformed, presuppositional, and erudite. now that it is a few years old, you can get it a a good price.
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I found certain sections hard to follow, this book is better suited for those who are well grounded in Philosophy.Published on September 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I wonder what reason Oliphint has for making Scripture his reason for belief? After all, 27 documents, written by humans, some anonymously, eventually became the "New Testament. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Steve Baughman
Scott Oliphint has taken Christian Reformed thought and philosophy to a new level, building upon the foundations laid by those who went before him, namely Cornelius Van Til. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Wayne Cantwell