alien righteousness

Evidences – Eroding Intellectual Objections

Mike Horton writes,

Despite criticisms of this apologetic school [evidentialist tradition], Cornelius Van Til also insisted upon the need for presenting arguments and evidences for the Christian claims. With Warfield he affirmed that “the Christian faith is not a blind faith but is a faith based on evidence.*

Hortons footnote *: Cornelius Van  Til, My Credo (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1972), 21. It would seem that a lack of appeal to evidences is due less to Van Til’s system than to the division of labor in those earlier years at Westminster Seminary: “I would therefore engage in historical apologetics. (I do not personally do a great deal of this because my colleagues in the other departments of the Seminary in which I teach are doing it better than I could do it.) Every bit of historical investigation…is bound to confirm the truth of the claims of the Christian position” (quotes by Thom Notaro, Van Til and the Use of Evidence [Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1980], from Van Til’s The Defense of the Faith, 199). (385-386)

Taken from the book Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery edited by William Dembski :: Thomas Schirrmacher

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