Cornelius Van Til, Christian Theistic Evidences. Edited by K. Scott Oliphant. 2nd edition. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R Publishing, 2016. 288pp. ISBN 9781596389236 $19.99 (paper).
I have posted before about the importance of Van Til’s Christian Theistic Evidences, so I’ll not belabor all of the things I’ve already said. Allow me, however, to offer this in the spirit of a review of this work.
Van Til (as I’ve mentioned) is a difficult author for most to read; however excellent one might find his lectures (and they are excellent, indeed) his writing lacks that pungency and humor that characterized his lectures. Thus he has had a number of men step forward as his interpreters to a more popular audience; chief among them are John Frame and the late Greg Bahnsen. Sadly, it seems that Bahnsen often overlooked the intensely theological nature of Van Til’s apologetic (presenting it in more traditional philosophical categories), and Frame dismisses some of his mentors most cogent insights. Thankfully, Van Til has a current interpreter that combines the best of Bahnsen’s philosophical acumen with a thorough grasp of the theological underpinnings of Van Til’s thought. That man is Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Oliphint has taken it upon himself to see many of Van Til’s works re-typset and reprinted, and has added extraordinarily helpful explanatory notes to the new editions of classic works of Van Tillian presuppositionalism. This title is no different, and deserves to be on the shelf of any Christian interested in defending their faith in a way that doesn’t give up any supposedly “neutral” ground to the unbeliever.
Buy this book!