The Lost Art of Apologetics

24 Aug

Scott Oliphint

“It is in Van Til’s writings, as opposed to those of Aquinas and other apologists, that we are constantly referred to the self-attesting Christ of Scripture. You cannot read one book by Van Til that will not continually point your approach, and thus point the unbeliever, to Christ and his Word.

Van Til was once criticized for confusing apologetics with evangelism. His response was gracious but to the point. He simply said, “You are certainly right in saying that I did not … make any sharp distinction between witnessing to and defending the Christian faith. My defense of the truth of Christianity is, as I think of it, always, at the same time, a witness to Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. I must then plead with [unbelievers] to accept Christ as their Savior from the sin of autonomy, and therewith, at the same time, to discover that they have been given, in Christ, the only foundation for intelligent predication.“To give a defense is to bear witness to Christ carefully and intelligently, but always and everywhere biblically! Sola Scriptura!” – Scott Oliphint from the article The Lost Art of Apologetics: http://www.opc.org/feature.html from New Horizons, December 1991.

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One Response to “The Lost Art of Apologetics”

  1. Nitoy Gonzales August 26, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    love it…

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