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eBook In Defense of the Faith, Vol. 3: Christian Theistic Ethics epub
  • ISBN: 0875524788
  • Author: Cornelius Van Til
  • Genre: Christians
  • Subcategory: Theology
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co (1980)
  • Pages: 251 pages
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Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to America in 1905

Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) was born in Grootegast, the Netherlands, and immigrated with his family to America in 1905. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary before completing his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and Princeton University with the ThM and PhD degrees. Drawn to the pastorate, Van Til spent one year in the ministry before taking a leave of absence to teach apologetics at Princeton Seminary. When the seminary reorganized, he was persuaded to join the faculty of the newly founded Westminster Theological Seminary

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Christian Theistic Ethics. Author: Cornelius Van Til. Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. Van Til wrote this book as an expansion and supplement to his work The Defense of the Faith (1955). Van Til summarizes it as an attempt to work out in greater detail the nature and implications of our commitment to Scriptural authority in relation to our activity as Christian theologians and philosophers today. In addition several men discussed in Defense of the Faith are given a deeper analysis. Among these are Warfield, Kuyper, Buswell and Hamilton. Christian-Theistic Evidences.

Christian theistic ethics (In defense of Biblical Christianity). Cornelius Van Til was born in 1895, in the Netherlands and at the age of ten his family moved to Indiana. Later Van Til earned a T. Cornelius Van Til. Psychology of Religion. The intellectual challenge of the Gospel. The Defense of the Faith" is part of Van Til's groundbreaking presuppositional apologetic method. This volume is essential for any Christian philosopher and apologist

Van Til (born Kornelis van Til in Grootegast, Netherlands) was the sixth son of Ite van Til, a dairy farmer, and his wife Klasina van der Veen. At the age of ten, he moved with his family to Highland, Indiana. He was the first of his family to receive a higher education.

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Heritage Grace Community Church is putting on an apologetics course going through "The Defense of the Faith" by Cornelius Van Ti. This book is helpful in learning what is the proper Christian apologetic methodology.

Heritage Grace Community Church is putting on an apologetics course going through "The Defense of the Faith" by Cornelius Van Til. This book is helpful in l. . The method taught in the book is called "presuppositional apologetics".

Cornelius Van Til's book The Defense of the Faith is a classic treatment on apologetics and endures for our time as.

Cornelius Van Til's book The Defense of the Faith is a classic treatment on apologetics and endures for our time as crucial reading for the thinking Christian. Designed to stop secularists in their tracks, it is the kind of seminal work that serious defenders of the faith cannot afford to ignore. After laying a foundation in the Christian views of God, man, salvation, the world, and knowledge, Van Til explores the roles of authority, reason, and theistic proof, while contrasting Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Reformed methods of defending the faith.

This syllabus claims with the historic Reformed creeds that the good is good because God in Christ through the Scriptures, says it is good. Without the presupposition of the self-sufficient moral consciousness of the triune God revealed in Scripture, man's moral consciousness would operate in a vacuum. Part 1 deals with Christian Ethical Principles and Part II traces the development of apostate man's principle of "inwardness" or moral self-sufficiency in order to show that it has led and cannot but lead to moral chaos.
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Briciraz
I always enjoy reading VT and 'Christian Theistic Ethics' was no exception. VT does a spectacular job at destroying natural law theories as a basis for doing ethics. He does this much in the same way as he has destroyed natural, or autonomous, epistemologies in his other works. Unfortunately, he doesn't capitalize on the link between epistemology and ethics and as such, there is no discussion of the relation of the two in this text. John Frame is probably the only one I am aware of that discusses that relation (particularly in his 'Doctrine of the Knowledge of God').

On page 134, VT says the following, "There is no alternative but that of theonomy and autonomy." This is a profound admission for VT and one in which I agree with entirely. But nothing in VT's writings would lead you to believe he was a theonomist. In fact, one might even get the impression he flatly rejected theonomy. Consider this quote from a letter he wrote to Gregg Singer in 1972, “Then too I am frankly a little concerned about the political views of Mr. Rushdoony and Mr. North and particularly if I am correctly informed about some of the views Gary North has with respect to the application of Old Testament principles to our day. My only point is that I would hope and expect that they would not claim that such views are inherent in the principles I hold”

Now there is a rather broad spectrum of thought and application in the theonomic world. And it may very well be the case that VT was only rejecting the theonomic views of Rushdoony and North (both of which have their differences to each other). But sadly nothing in VT's writings really shed light on the subject. The quote from 'Christian Theistic Ethics' referenced above does force the dichotomy. VT was either a theonomist OR he was an antinomian. He left room for no other alternative.
Runeterror
Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) was a Calvinist Christian philosopher and theologian, and perhaps the leading Christian exponent of "presuppositional" apologetics. He taught at Westminster Theological Seminary for more than 40 years, and was one of the leaders in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

All of the six volumes in this "Defense of the Faith" series are student syllabi; thus, they may or may not be polished "books," as unlike Van Til's other works. In this 1980 volume, third in the series, Van Til opens the Preface by saying, "This syllabus claims with the historic Reformed creeds that the good is good because God in Christ through the Scriptures, says it is good. Without the presupposition of the self-sufficient moral consciousness of the triune God revealed in Scripture, man's moral consciousness would operate in a vacuum."

The first part of the book summarizes "Christian Ethical Principles" (e.g., "The Summum Bonum Ideally Considered"), while the second part critiques "Non-Christian Ethical Principles" (Socrates, Plato, Kant). In the chapter on "Grace in the Old Testament," Van Til states that "It is therefore only partially true to say that God adjusts his demands to the times. That God makes concessions to low ethical practice is not in the least an admission that he has not the right to demand the fulfillment of the absolute ethical ideal."

As always, Van Til reserves some of his sharpest barbs for non-Reformed Christians. For example, he asserts that C.S. Lewis "confuses things metaphysical and ethical," "makes a caricature of the Christian view and confuses the issue," and, "as an Evangelical Christian, he chooses the side of paganism against Christianity."

This entire series is of great interest to students of Van Til, presuppositional apologetics, Calvinist philosophy, Christian ethics, or Christian apologetics in general.
RED
Christian philosophers in academia, a fast growing minority, say that under the university system's hidden quota system, when a Christian apologist enters academia, one is required to depart. They assert that the academy inhibits the free expression of thought and demands submission to moral and philosophical relativism. This type of thuggish liberal intellectual oppression pushed Machen and his colleague Cornelius Van Til out of Princeton Seminary and into the founding of Westminster Theology Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. And this volume is a clear moral line drawn in the sand: Moral Absolutes revealed by God on one side; and moral ambiguity and relativism on the other.

Van Til, in The Defense of the Faith: Christian Theistic Ethics, launches his ethical theory in the preface: "This syllabus claims with the historical Reformed Creeds that the good is good because God in Christ through the scriptures, says it is good. Without the presence of the self-sufficient moral consciousness of the Triune God revealed in scripture, man's moral consciousness would operate in a vacuum." Thus, Van Til contended that goodness is based on God's nature and that which has been revealed to man from God.

"If Christianity be true the possibility of the asking of any question about anything whether it be ethical or something else, depends upon the presupposition of God as revealed in Christ as absolute" (p. 5). Since Christianity is true and necessary, the God revealed in Jesus Christ must be one's epistemic ground and fount to account for anything.

Van Til refutes the Ethical formulations of:

- Socrates
- Plato
- Kant
- and Many others who adhere to non-Christian ethical schemes

The author takes on some of C.S. Lewis' inconsistencies especially on the Imprecatory Psalms. Van Til hammers Kant's substandard epistemic position from many diverse angles: "Kant's free man cannot find himself. He is lost in a void... for all his effort Kant cannot escape the face of God... Man is always Coram Deo as his creature" (p. 250).

"According to non-Christian ethics there never was and never will be a perfect world. All our insistence on the original state of affairs, in which there was an absolute goal known to man, and in which man had the full ability to reach that goal, is to our opponents, a sad delusion" (p. 59). Hence, to deny the Triune God leads one to a flawed, dismal, and desolate delusion.

The father of Presuppositional Apologetics summarizes his view of ethics:
"The Christian view of inwardness rests upon the fact that the Triune God is inwardly sufficient to himself. He is in himself the full express of the Law of being... For here all rests upon the one who alone says, `I Am.'" Therefore Van Til constitutes his ethical epistemic base on God's aseity.

Van Til was a genius at undermining the foundational positions of unbelief and expose how non-Christians skew their epistemic and moral duties and this work reflects his remarkable gifts. Some may complain about the arduousness of this work with its woodenness and lack of easy-reading-style, yet if one wants to be equipped for combat in the realm of ethics, this book is a fitting philosophical weapon.

by Michael Robinson, author of numerous apologetic books including: God Does Exist! and
There Are Moral Absolutes: How to Be Absolutely Sure That Christianity Alone Supplies
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