Introduction to Systematic Theology

Introduction to Systematic Theology The Theological Foundations of Van Til s defense of the faith are set forth here as the unified system of truth to which believers are committed and with which nonbelievers need to be confronted Write
  • Title: Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Author: Cornelius Van Til
  • ISBN: 9780875524887
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Theological Foundations of Van Til s defense of the faith are set forth here as the unified system of truth to which believers are committed and with which nonbelievers need to be confronted Writes Van Til The Christian faith as a whole, as a unit, must be set over against the non Christian faith as a whole Piecemeal apologetics is inadequate, especially for our tiThe Theological Foundations of Van Til s defense of the faith are set forth here as the unified system of truth to which believers are committed and with which nonbelievers need to be confronted Writes Van Til The Christian faith as a whole, as a unit, must be set over against the non Christian faith as a whole Piecemeal apologetics is inadequate, especially for our time A Christian totality picture requires a Christian view of the methodology of science and philosophy, as well as a Christian view of theology Thus Van Til explores the implications of Christian theology, particularly for philosophy, as he discusses epistemology, general and special revelation, and the knowledge and attributes of God.About the Author Cornelius Van Til taught apologetics for than forty five years at Westminster Theological Seminary
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    1. Cornelius Van Til, was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist Biographical sketchBorn on May 3, 1895, in Grootegast, The Netherlands he was the sixth son of Ite and Klazina Van Til, who emigrated to the United States when Kees, as he was known to friends, was 10 He grew up helping on the family farm in Highland, Indiana.Van Til graduated from Calvin College in 1922, receiving a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1925 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1927 He began teaching at Princeton, but shortly went with the conservative group who founded Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught for forty three years of his life as a professor of apologetics.He was also a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church from the 1930s until his death in 1987, and in that denomination, he was embroiled in a bitter dispute with Gordon Clark over God s incomprehensibility known as the Clark Van Til Controversy in which, according to John Frame, neither man was at his best and neither quite understood the other s position.Van Til s thoughtVan Til is perhaps best known for the development of a fresh approach to the task of defending the Christian faith Although trained in traditional methods he drew on the insights of fellow Calvinistic philosophers Vollenhoven and Herman Dooyeweerd to formulate what he viewed as a consistently Christian methodology His apologetic focused on the role of presuppositions, the point of contact between believers and unbelievers, and the antithesis between Christian and non Christian worldviews.Source Theopedia

    2. This is not a systematic theology, it is a primer on the right attitude for engaging in systematic theology, it lays out an epistemelogical approach to systematic theology Namely, you cannot really know a thing unless you understand it in relation to God Trying to think about God autonomously from God is what got us into trouble in the first place, so theology has to be done from the paradigm of faith in the Triune God Van Til compares Christian thinking with modern thinking in that modern think [...]

    3. I keep trying to get away from Van Til, but I keep getting brought back in I don t know exactly what it is about his work, but I always find myself saying, Yes and Amen on nearly every page.

    4. The chapters before God s incommunicable attributes are the best Nothing that new in the next part Van Til is largely following Warfield and Bavinck Basically, it s an extract systematic theology dealing with the prolegomena and the theology proper parts, including philosophical and apologetics insights on each doctrine.

    5. A useful book outlining Van Til s Apologetic methodology showing how it flows from his Theology This isn t a comprehensive Systematic Theology, it was a publication from a class syllabus on systematic theology, so it was meant to be an overview It primarily focuses on the Doctrine of God, Man, and Revelation with Apologetic implications drawn out and responses to different views Van Til does place a large emphasis on the importance of Apologetics in the local church unlike many who only view it [...]

    6. Worth reading but not as a beginning Or intermediate text I ll highllight some of his key points, note some problems, and then give my own thoughts Van Til s method can be summarized as thinking God s thoughts after him in an analogical way we receptively reconstruct God s own preinterpreted facts He also builds his system around the following 1 God s being and knowledge are coterminous If God s knowledge is not coterminous with his being, then it is a correlative of his being This being is then [...]

    7. I had originally read the six volumes in this series in another format most of which I believe that you can still at least at the time of my writing this review can get through the Westminster Discount Book Service I was somewhat cynical of PRs revised editions of these works or perhaps I should say that I was somewhat cynical of what Oliphint and Edgar might do with said texts but in the end, I have been pleasantly surprised at how helpful their efforts have been and now Van Til is truly access [...]

    8. Not a systematic Theology, and he states this at the beginning, but still very valuable, He lays out a very reformed epistemology that once you get his style of writing will be very enjoyable and rewarding It is a tad repetitive, but I see this as a plus, as he takes on things from several angles, challenging you to be consistent with your epistemological foundations It takes a dozen pages or so to get the cobwebs out, but is very rewarding, and enjoyable, the editors have made this work very ac [...]

    9. Since Van Til closely follows Bavinck at many places, so you will find detail if you just read Bavinck s Reformed Dogmatics vols 1 2 However, Van Til has his own unique insights to offer, especially his triad of general revelation God man nature and how each of those form another triad with itself and the two others He also brings out the rational irrational dialectic of non Reformed thought And of course, the whole book is from the apologetic angle A very enjoyable read.

    10. Van Til s treatment of differentiation and correlation between the general and special revelation is very profound and excellent A Reformed epistemology per Van Til s framework is all pervasive for human knowledge without in anyway compromising the authority of Scripture William Edgard s introduction is a must read.

    11. If you can read Van Til, not everyone has the necessary background in theology and philosophy for it, this is another must read It is not that it has revolutionized Christianity, but that Van Til has a way of clearing the clutter so that the foundation can be clearly seen.

    12. Though not well regarded generally, I think this is one of Van Til s best works It still has plenty of idiosyncrasies, but a good many of them are for the better Definitely worth knowing about.

    13. I have read this in its original format It will be interesting to see how Bill Edgar s intro and notes help the reader to understand and appreciate VT.

    14. This book was the most influential book for me in the study of theology in my teenage years Amazingly comprehensive view of reality and thought.

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