on 7 March 2009
In first Chapter, Van Til begins by emphasises the importance of clear biblical doctrine as foundational, especially those of God, Christ and Man. Then in the second chapter, he explains how this provides the only reasonable worldview and the only solid base from which to do philosophy and science. Later he explains the difficulties associated with communicating a truly biblical worldview, particularly the gospel, to fallen man. Finally, he shows us what to communicate and how, but also highlights how not to.
Like much of Van Til's writing, this book is really written for theology/philosophy students, so you will need a grasp of the history of philosophy for some sections. However, the introduction and notes by William Edgar are really useful not only in explaining Van Til's use of more technical vocabulary, but also in putting highlighting and expanding themes that are recurrent in his writings.
The central merits of this book are, primarily in emphasising the necessity of sound, thorough doctrine as the basis for evangelism, but it also helps us to work through the effects of the fall, shows how to argue by presupposition, encourages proclamation and will give the reader an increased confidence in biblical narrative in evangelism.
To be honest, the methods outlined in Christian Apologetics cannot be appropriated for direct use in everyday life, unless you are witnessing to philosophers or people with machine-like rationality. However, by reading through this excellent book, you should find your knowledge of God's glorious plan of salvation sharpened, a greater love and understanding of unbelievers kindled, and be more effective in your witness and praise to the glory of God.