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5.0 out of 5 stars The best response to Bertrand Russell 12 Oct. 2006
By Stratiotes Doxha Theon - Published on
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Dr. Van Til's summary in biographical form in response to Bertrand Russell's tract, "Why I am not a Christian." This is perhaps the best response to Mr. Russell's work yet published. Both works are reproduced and available on the web - a web search will yield you both for comparison. This is also a quite suitable place in which to start a study in Dr. Van Til's approach to apologetics in its clearest and most concise form.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Role of God 22 May 2013
By Rod Zinkel - Published on
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The essay, a response to Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian, is written as a conversation with the philosopher in half-humorous tone. Van Til starts by drawing on autobiography, as Russell does, to say "You were as thoroughly conditioned not to believe in God as I was to believe in God." Van Til does not accept that the skeptic is more objective than the believer. "To be `without bias' is only to have a particular kind of bias." I would say Van Til's main argument is that Russell has made reason, his own reason, the judge of truth and reality. "You have made the reach of your intellect, the standard of what is possible or not possible." Because, by his self-proclaimed autonomy, he plays the role of God, he will not believe in God.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H Propp - Published on
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Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) was a Calvinist 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. He wrote many weighty theological tomes on apologetics, Calvinism, and theology (e.g., Christian Apologetics, The Defense of the Faith, Christianity and Barthianism, etc.).

This little 16-page booklet (about 6" x 4" in size) is unlike his other writings, however; he begins by saying, "Perhaps you think that the only real reason I have for believing in God is the fact that I was taught to do so in my early days. Of course I don't think that is really so. I don't deny that I was taught to believe in God when I was a child, but I do affirm that since I have grown up I have heard a pretty full statement of the argument against belief in God. Now, in fact, I feel that the whole of history and civilization would be unintelligible to me if it were not for my belief in God."

So rather than fume about the supposed "autonomy of man," or raise apologetic arguments, he simply gives a summation of his own life and upbringing, adding observations along the way such as, "If the God of Christianity does exist, the evidence for Him MUST be plain. And the reason, therefore, why 'everybody' does not believe in Him must be that 'everybody' is blinded by sin. Everybody wears colored glasses... And this determines everything you say about the facts and reasons for not beieving in Him."

He ends on the note, "Well, my meanderings have, to be sure, been circular; they have made everything turn on God. So now I shall leave you with Him, and with His mercy."

If you want a "full" explanation of Van Til, go to the books cited earlier; but this little booklet is an attractive introduction to Van Til for those new to him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 和Van Til聊聊 9 Jun. 2014
By Zhao Yunchuan - Published on
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或许你已经相信上帝存在,那么Van Til的这篇文章能帮助你思考你的信仰。即使心里相信,你是否认真的花时间思考过,你为什么相信上帝呢?你认为上帝是一位怎样的神
这是一篇与Van Til的对话,也是你和自己的心灵的一次对话,我本人会说这将是你和上帝的一次对话。不管你相信什么,搞清楚自己的立场你的生命才会有方向,不是么?祝你和Van Til度过一个美好的下午!May God bless you! That you may find your answer by His mercy and grace!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 2 Jan. 2014
By Mr. Book Bookman - Published on
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A short work by a very smart man. However, if you looking for arguments as to why Til believes in God you will not get it in this book. Instead, he lays out the reason why others, who don't believe, reject God. The reason they refuse to believe is that they cannot, because of their presuppositions against revelation. This argument is good, but the book was not an apologetic for faith.
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