Category Archives: Cornelius Van Til

Westminster II


Looks like (and we’ve known this for some time) that Protestants have as much trouble with hermeneutics of continuity and discontinuity as Roman Catholics. Something funny happened in the 1960s. Bishops met in Rome — was it hard to get a cab, a table at a trendy Italian restaurant? And at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) the… Read More→

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Why Not Reformed Anabaptists?


One of the inexplicable aspects of contemporary Reformed Protestantism is the indifference if not ridicule that some Vossians show for two-kingdom theology. This is odd because if any of the current options for living in this world capture the Vossian eschatology than 2k — with a sharp rejection of any immanentization of the eschaton —… Read More→

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What Machen Should Have Said

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About the value of Christian education (if he were a neo-Calvinist): This, then, is the point. The war between Christ and Satan is a global war. It is carried on, first, in the hearts of men for the hearts of men. Through preaching and teaching in the church and in the home, through the witness… Read More→

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We Are Making a Difference (even if Bill Evans Can’t See)


The Ecclesial Calvinist tries to correct the historical record by claiming that Machen and Van Til are more transformational (and less 2k) than some think. I do believe that Van Til’s record is mixed since he drank so deeply at the well of neo-Calvinism. At the same time, Van Til’s involvement in the OPC, which… Read More→

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Being Reformed and Avoiding Landmines


I don’t want to discourage the young and restless from growing in their understanding of Reformed Protestantism but sometimes even the best of intentions cannot prevent stepping in it. Over at the allies blog John Starke encourages readers to spend more time with Cornelius Van Til — The Most Important Boring Thinker You Should Read… Read More→

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Das Machen des Van Til

Or roughly, “The Making of Van Til.”  Camden Bucey builds a case that Machen is the principal historical reason for Cornelius Van Til becoming the influential reformed apologist he became.  Darryl Hart and John Muether have written on the subject.  Their article Why Machen Hired Van Til is available through the OPC. Download the audio… Read More→

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Who Knew (!) Van Til Would be Hotter than Dabney and Nevin?

Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Seminary, and long-time interlocuter in matters neo-Calvinist, has a very positive review in Christianity Today of the recent biography of Cornelius Van Til by NTJ co-editor, John Muether.   Mouw writes: John Muether has done a particularly good job of making a scholar’s life interesting—typically a daunting challenge for the… Read More→

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Cornelius Van Til

John Muether talks with the Christ the Center panel about his book Cornelius Van Til:  Reformed Apologist and Churchman, the latest volume in the American Reformed Biography series published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  Professor Muether discusses various aspects of the life and thought of Van Til, including his involvement in the so-called Clark/Van Til… Read More→

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