But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Cornelius Van Til - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 20:05

Missing the Train by a Minute

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“Just as it is not at all a matter of indifference whether a man be a murderer or a respectable citizen, even though from the point of view of Christianity both will be lost forever unless brought to Christ, so it is not a matter of indifference whether a man have a high or a low form of...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 18:30

Beginning From Above

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image “The Reformed method  of apologetics seeks to escape this nemesis. It begins frankly ‘from above.’ It would ‘presuppose’ God. But in presupposing God it cannot place itself at any point on a neutral basis with the non-Christian. Before seeking to prove that...

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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 22:32

Cornelius Van Til – 121st Birthday

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Today marks 122 years since the birth of Cornelius Van Til. Here is a post I made on his birthday last year containing quotes about Van Til the man.

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Today (3 May) marks 121 years since the birth of Cornelius Van Til. Here are a few somewhat randomquotes about a great man.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:09

Circular Reasoning?

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image “The charge is made that we engage in circular reasoning. Now if it be called circular reasoning when we hold it necessary to presuppose the existence of God, we are not ashamed of it because we are firmly convinced that all forms of reasoning that leave God out of account will end in ruin....

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 22:27

Spiral Reasoning

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image “For this reason we have spoken of the Christian theistic method as the method of implication into the truth of God. It is reasoning in a spiral fashion rather than in a linear fashion. Accordingly, we have said that we can use the old terms deduction and induction if only we remember that...

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:57

The Inescapable Revelation of God

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image “The sinner’s problem from his point of view is to cast doubt upon this evidence, to make it appear as though the evidence were not clear. With the rich man who lifted up his eyes in torment, it is the effort of every man to put the blame for his failure to serve God upon the elusive...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 23:34

Van Til on Agnosticism

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image “With such as these it would seem that the point we should be most anxious to drive home is that in trying to be agnostic, and in trying to say that they have no need of metaphysics, they have already given one of the two possible answers to every question of epistemology that may be asked....

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 20:41

Christian Theism as a Unit

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image “A truly Protestant method of reasoning involves a stress upon the fact that the meaning of every aspect or part of Christian theism depends upon Christian theism as a unit. When Protestants speak of the resurrection of Christ they speak of the resurrection of him who is the Son of God, the...

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Sunday, 05 March 2017 17:52

The Two Systems

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image “The two systems, that of the non-Christian and that of the Christian, differ because of the fact that their basic assumptions or presuppositions differ. On the non-Christian basis man is assumed to be the final reference point in predication. Man will therefore have to seek to make a system...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 20:42

Dependence upon God

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“Reformed theology holds to the self-sufficiency of God without compromise. It therefore rejects every form of human autonomy. Only on the assumptions of divine self-sufficiency and man’s complete dependence upon God can the difference between the Christian and the non-Christian points...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 04:52

Knowledge by Authority

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We accept this God upon Scriptural authority. In the Bible alone do we hear of such a God. Such a God, to be known at all, cannot be known otherwise than by virtue of His own voluntary revelation. He must therefore be known for what He is, and known to the extent that He is known, by authority...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 00:21

Taking Total Depravity Seriously

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image It is therefore in Reformed thinking alone that we may expect to find anything like a consistently Christian philosophy of history. Romanism and Arminianism have virtually allowed that God’s counsel need not always and everywhere be taken as our principle of individuation. This is to give...

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Sunday, 05 February 2017 03:26

Philosophical Apologetics

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Following on from The Foundation of Historical Apologetics:

image “In addition to showing that Christ actually arose from the grave and that the facts recorded in the Scripture are as they are recorded as being, insofar as this can be ascertained by historical research, we must show that the...

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Friday, 27 January 2017 21:20

Man’s Response to Revelation

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image Calvin makes a sharp distinction between the revelation of God to man and man’s response to that revelation. This implies the rejection of a natural theology such as Aquinas taught.

He makes a sharp distinction between the responses to God’s revelation made by:

(a) man in his original...

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Friday, 20 January 2017 03:33

The Foundation of Historical Apologetics

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imageHistorical apologetics is absolutely necessary and indispensable to point out that Christ arose from the grave, etc. But as long as historical apologetics works on a supposedly neutral basis it defeats its own purpose. For in that case it virtually grants the validity of the metaphysical...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 04:49

Review: Van Til the Use of Evidence

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imageVan Til and the Use of Evidences – Thom Notaro

Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about the thought of Cornelius Van Til. While his detractors have at times resorted to misrepresentations, it seems these misconceptions are also prevalent among those sympathetic...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:37

The Perspicuity of Scripture

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We should see exactly what is meant by the perspicuity of Scripture. It means that no human interpreter needs come between the Scriptures and those to whom it comes. It is opposed to clericalism. This does not mean that men who place themselves with us under the Scriptures, and who are ordained of...

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 04:48

The Cradle and the Grave

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image It is a pity that so many people celebrate Christmas without getting any real benefit out of it. And why do they not get the proper benefit?

Because they do not correctly connect the cradle of Jesus with the grave of Jesus. Jesus came into the cradle in order that He might go into and come out of...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:52

Everyone has an a priori

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image No human being can escape making an assumption about the nature of possibility at the outset of his investigation. All men have a priori assumptions in terms of which they approach the facts that confront them. The Christian frankly admits that his a priori is the assumption of the existence of...

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Thursday, 15 December 2016 03:59

Science and the Bible

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imageDr. Albertus Pieters, when speaking on “Science and the Bible” says:

“The question of miracles lies outside the subject we propose to discuss in this paper, for the reason that modern science and the Bible are obviously entirely in harmony on that subject. The only thing that...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 04:52

Limits of Human Understanding

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imageTo say that Scripture testifies to itself and therefore identifies itself is to imply that it also identifies every fact in the world. That is to say the God of which the Scriptures speak is the God who makes the facts to be what they are. There can therefore be no fact which is ultimately out of...

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 04:31

The Clash Between Different Systems of Truth

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image The objections against the phenomena of Scripture would therefore be legitimate if those who make them could show us the positive foundation on which they are standing. This foundation should enable them to explain the facts in terms of a system of truth other than that which is offered in the...

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We may contrast this doctrine of the Trinity with Plato’s thought by calling attention to the fact that for Augustine the Trinity furnished the basis of the principles of unity and diversity in human knowledge. In other words the Trinity is for Augustine as for all orthodox Christians a...

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Friday, 29 July 2016 06:22

Suppression of the Truth

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As children of Adam they have always made and continue to make the effort required to cover-up the truth about themselves and God. They see every fact as other than it really is. By means of their literature—drama, poetry, and philosophy—they try to prove to themselves that the world is not the estate of God and that they are not made...

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 05:13

Call to Repentance

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Cornelius Van Til with Martyn Lloyd-Jones

In conclusion it should be pointed out that the doctrine of Scripture set forth above sets before men the face of God. God requires of men that they love and obey him. He made them perfect in his image. They rebelled against him. Now he is, in grace, calling them to repentance through his Son. He tells them...

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