Van Til Quotes

This section is dedicated to select quotes from Van Til’s writings, along with comments and such.

Here is a list of links by Topic, simply click on the link to read the select quotes.

On Circular Reasoning (This is a fairly common criticism or objection to “presupositional apologetics”, however Van Til did not shy away or back down from such responses, quite the contrary. In these quotes from his writings he addresses the issue to the extent that I am satisfied.)

On Objectivism (In contrast to another philosophical term “subjectivism” or relativism. Can we be one hundred percent certain about anything? If so, how can we justify such knowledge?)

On Point of Contact (What if anything do believers and non-believers have in common?)

On Proofs (That is, how did Van Til, in his own words, view the classical “proofs” for the existence of God?)

On C.S. Lewis (I understand that C.S. Lewis is somewhat popular in the unpopular world of Christian apologetics, and he had a great mind, and could write well, but this short piece is another side or view. Perhaps it is overly critical, though I do not think it was published, however for readers like me, who once adored Lewis’ works, it should give us reason to sort of take a step back, to pause and ponder.)


9 thoughts on “Van Til Quotes

    • Great question and idea for a quote topic. Doing a quick search, it appears the word “proof” occurs 472 times in 275 articles. It will take me some time to research and put together a page of quotes, leading to the answer. Thank you for asking, and patience. 🙂

      • “I hold that belief in God is not merely as reasonable as other belief, or even a little or infinitely more probably true than other belief; I hold rather that unless you believe in God you can logically believe in nothing else” ― Cornelius Van Til

        This was Van Til’s statement

      • Thank you. Could you please tell me where that quote comes from, so I can prove it to others?


      • Such statements are a real shock to the ears of the average person. On the surface it rings of nonsense, “how can that be” they exclaim. However, with few words, he is goes really deep, because he is addressing the justification for any and all knowledge, and at the same time acknowledging that everything is God created, the facts, the knowledge, the methods, well everything. In other words, if we do not believe in God, we do not have proper justification for any knowledge. The real kicker is everyone believes in God, however those who do not acknowledge the Creator of everything, have suppressed the truth of His existence. This is why, some time ago, I decided to call attention in discussions to a distinguishment between “faith”, a kind that saves, and another kind that doesn’t, but can and often does fool others.

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