Toward a Reformed Apologetic by Cornelius Van Til

Toward a Reformed Apologetic is basically a summary of Van Til’s writings written by Van Til. This small pamplet is an excellent overview and guide to a number of his works. In the words of Van Til:

In this small pamphlet I am indicating briefly the chief purpose I have had in writing the following pamphlets, books, and syllabi. Throughout, my aim has been to show that it is the historic Reformed Faith alone that  can in any adequate way present the claims of Christ to men for their salvation. The Reformed Faith alone does anything like full justice to the cultural and missionary mandates of Christ. The Reformed Faith alone has anything like an adequately stated view of God, of man, and of Christ as the mediator between God and man. It is because the Reformed Faith alone has an essentially sound, because biblical, theology, that it alone has anything like a sound, that is, biblical method of challenging the world of unbelief to repentance and faith.” – C. Van Til


Van Til, Toward A Reformed Apologetic

Here is a thought, how does Van Til’s aim differ from other defenders of the faith? Apparently many Christian apologists are satisfied with “proving” the (high) probability of the existence of (an undefined) God. Why should the non-believer even consider that whatever God or gods exist, is the God of Christianity? We read in Scripture:

1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – NKJV

Rom 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” – NKJV

When said and done, all of the best Christian apologetic arguments in the world cannot regenerate the hardened hart of a non-believer. Without the monergistic regeneration of the Holy Spirit, they are foolishness to them who do not believe. Has God not made foolish the wisdom of this world?


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