The New Hermeneutic by Cornelius Van Til

by Cornelius Van Til

Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1974. 230 pp.


1.     Its Main Representatives
  •      Ernst Fuchs
  •      Gerhard Ebeling
2.     Reaction of Some Modern Theologians
  •      John Dillenberger
  •      Fritz Buri
  •      Schubert M. Ogden
3.     Reaction of Some Orthodox Theologians
  •      A. D. R. Polman
  •      H. M. Kuitert
  •      S. U. Zuidema
4.     The New Hermeneutic of Holland
  •      Herman Wiersinga, G. P. Hartvelt,
  •      J. Z. Koole, F. J. Baarda, C. Augustijn

“The New Hermeneutic of such men as Ernst Fuchs and Gerhard Ebeling has done something similar in recent decades to what Barth did in the early twenties. These men seek to be both more modern and more Reformational than Barth was in his day. Theologians of various schools are taking their positions in relation to this New Hermeneutic as their forbears did in relation to Barth. The present volume is doing the same. In earlier publications the present writer pointed out that the synthesis between a theology based on that of the Reformers and a theology based on the philosophy of Kant is an intellectual and spiritual monstrosity. In it Kant, not Calvin, is the real victor. The result is the destruction of an intelligible basis for human predication. What is needed is a really Reformational philosophy and theology. Only if we have this can the depth of the contrast between the self-attesting Christ of Scripture and the Christ-Event of neo-orthodoxy be seen for what it is.”-from the Preface

Who Do You Say That I Am? by Cornelius Van Til

by Cornelius Van Til
Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975. 106 pp.
A concise overview of the history of philosophy in relationship to the claims of Christ. These lectures also exist in audio tape form.


Ancient Man Replies
A. Who Blasphemes, Jesus or the Pharisees?
B. Stephen the Martyr
C. The Risen Lord Appears to Paul
D. Saul the Persecutor Becomes Paul the Apostle
     1. Paul at Lystra
     2. Paul and the Greek Philosophers
E. Paul’s World-Wide Mission
     1. Paul at Athens—the Biblical Framework of Thought
          a. All Men are Covenant-Breakers in Adam
          b. The Resurrection Indicates the Coming Judgment
F. The Greek Paideia
     1. Behold the Man: Socrates
     2. Werner Jaeger on the Greek Paideia
          a. (Arete)
          b. The Search for a Divine Center: Socrates
          c. The Contrast Between the Greek and the Christian Paideia
     3. Platonic Idealism
     4. Aristotle’s Form-Matter Scheme
Medieval Man Replies
A. Plotinus and Augustine
     1. Plotinus and the Scale of Being
B. Augustine and the City of God
C. From Augustine to Thomas Aquinas
     1. Negative Theology—Pseudo-Dionysius
     2. Natural Theology
     3. Mystical Theology
D. Gilson’s Argument for the Medieval Synthesis
     1. Necessity—The Parmenidean Principle of Continuity
          a. A Christian Philosophy
     2. Contingency—The Heraclitean Principle of Discontinuity
E. Degrees of Knowledge
     1. Thomas Aquinas as the Medieval Man—Par Excellence
F. Degrees of Love
G. The Total Picture
H. The Substantial Unity of Man
I. Conclusion
Modern Man Replies
A. Renaissance Man Replies
     1. Renaissance Man vs. Reformation Man
          a. Modern Science
     2. Renaissance Man’s Idea of Himself
          a. Nicolas Cusanus
          b. Francis Bacon
     3. Reformation Man’s Idea of Himself
          a. Martin Luther vs. Boehme
          b. Descartes vs. Calvin
B. Immanuel Kant and the Principle of Inwardness
C. Post-Kantian Man Replies
     1. The Post-Kantian Theologian—Karl Barth Replies
     2. The Post-Kantian Scientist—Teilhard de Chardin Replies
     3. The Post-Kantian Philosopher—Robert Collingwood Replies
D. The Modern Church Replies—The Congress of 2000
     1. The Confession of 1967
     2. Lutherans and Calvinists
     3. The Protestant Principle and the Roman Catholic Principle
     4. The Christian Principle and the Jewish Principle
     5. The Thirty-Eighth Parallel


” ’But who do you say that I am?’ asked Jesus. Ancient man replied, ’You are a mere man. ’ Medieval man answered, ’You are a man-God. ’ Modern man responds, ’You are Authentic Man.’ There has never been a time when the question of the identity of Jesus of Nazareth was so important as it is today. For example, was He the self-attesting Christ of the historic Protestant confessions; or is He, rather, the ’Christ-Event’ of post-Kantian philosophy and theology? The present booklet gives the writer’s reasons for believing Him to be not the latter but the former. If one would reject the genuine, self-attesting Christ of Scripture, he must do so, unavoidably, in terms of the self-attesting man. But the very existence of the latter presupposes, unavoidably, the self-attesting Christ; thus, to deny the former’s claim is self-stultifying.”-from the Preface