Introduction to Systematic Theology, 2nd Ed
Cornelius Van Til's Introduction to Systematic Theology is one of his two or three most important books, certainly a must-read for anyone who is trying to understand Van Til. And it is important for Christians to understand Van Til today,...
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Cornelius Van Til's Introduction to Systematic Theology is one of his two or three most important books, certainly a must-read for anyone who is trying to understand Van Til. And it is important for Christians to understand Van Til today, as never before. He challenges Christians to think in a distinctively biblical way. That biblical way opposes and challenges all religions and secular philosophies, all ideologies that place the ultimate source of truth and value in human beings rather than in God. As with the recently republished Christian Apologetics, P & R has thoroughly re-edited Van Til's syllabus, with an excellent introduction by William Edgar.
The Theological Foundations of Van Til's defense of the faith are set forth here as the unified system of truth to which believers are committed and with which nonbelievers need to be confronted. Writes Van Til: "The Christian faith as a whole, as a unit, must be set over against the non-Christian faith as a whole. Piecemeal apologetics is inadequate, especially for our time. A Christian totality picture requires a Christian view of the methodology of science and philosophy, as well as a Christian view of theology." Thus Van Til explores the implications of Christian theology, particularly for philosophy, as he discusses epistemology, general and special revelation, and the knowledge and attributes of God. Book jacket.
William Edgar (Dr. Theol., Universite de Geneve) is professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as an ordained minister, a musicologist, and a jazz musician. His published works include The Face of Truth; In Spirit and In Truth: Ten Bible Studies on Worship; Taking Note of Music; Sur le rock; Bibliographie d'ouvrages apologtique; Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion; La carte protestante: L'apologtique protestante de langue franaise de 1815 1848; If You Seek Me and Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith.