Covenantal Apologetics. Study Key Issues in Apologetics and Its Relationship with Christian Doctrine. Curated from a lecture series by K. Scott Oliphint. In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as “covenantal apologetics” – a . Covenantal Apologetics has ratings and 59 reviews. Andrew said: This book was good in more carefully defining presuppositional apologetics as covenan.
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It has distilled some of the best of Reformed apologetics and infused them with an evangelistic fervor that exalts both truth and the God of truth. Indeed, it appears that that “incompatibility” is what suffuses the kenosis of Philippians 2 with its glory – while remaining fully divine and unaltered in His essence, the Son consented to restrain the exercise of some of His glory in the incarnation; restraining that which was “incompatible” with His full and true humanity Oliphint’s brief references to Philippians 2 focus on the humiliation of Christ as it relates to the atonement rather than focusing on the humiliation as it relates to the incarnation itself [e.
The final three chapters containing the dialogue sections were okay. While he raised some unique and helpful points, overall it was conducted in an overly-logical and purely-rational way that I didn’t think would convince many unbelievers.
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In multi-faceted and intelligible ways, the God upon Whom all things depend has revealed Himself to, and relates to, His creation. Was he not simply, and in confrontational fashion, setting his own beliefs over against theirs?
apolgetics This covenantal relation has requirements and stipulations. All three offered a few helpful approaches, but he really got bogged down here and these dialogues, actually their introductions, could have been a lot shorter. However, it was lacking in the field of practice.
Covenantal Apologetics : Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith
This changes things for apologetics and evangelism. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is the covenantal status of humanity, and it assumes in each case, a relationship to God. It is easy to see why, when is largely the discovery of Cornelius Van Til, who though a brilliant thinker, is a difficult writer to grasp.
Covenantal apologetics covenangal Oliphint’s name for Van Tillian presuppositionalism. The mixture of theology, philosophy, history, and Scripture applied so beautifully to the discipline of apologetics, specifically persuasion, and showing how critical the pathos of the apologist is, was wonderful.
His sample dialogues covenangal helpful practical examples to illustrate the approach. If there is a shortcoming in Oliphint’s work, it is a periodic lack of completeness and clarity in some of his arguments. Finally, at several points – most importantly in his explanations of such central ideas as man as God’s image bearer, mankind’s inescapable knowledge of God, and the sinful suppression of that knowledge – Oliphint seems to leave the reader without a firm, easily articulated grasp of the pillars of his system.
Oliphint argues this, Reformational principle, is the bedrock belief: Refresh and try again. Every fact and experience is what it is by virtue of the covenantal, all-controlling plan and purpose of God. While Oliphint is very clear that the ultimate work of persuasion is accomplished by the Holy Spirit alone rather than by the apologist, the ethos of the apologist matters and Oliphint highlights that importance brilliantly.
Oliphint makes this point theologically, in the abstract, but also shows how it is revealed in Exodus 3 and John 1. One of the strengths of this approach is the close connection made between apologetics and evangelism. While they often raised great points and strong arguments, unless you commonly use terms such as “hypostatic union,” “the Western intellectual tradition,” “contingencies,” etc.
I was not required to write a positive review. The Achilles’ Heel Contains a fictional dialogue between an atheist objector and a covenantal apologist.
Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, Scott Oliphint presents us with an introduction to Reformed apologetics as he sets covenanta the principles behind a distinctly “covenantal” approach.
If you are wondering what apologetic method you want to adopt: There would be no image because the “original” would not be there. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal cobenantal and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers–helping Christians to boldly, knowledgeably, and winsomely proclaim the gospel. If you’re looking for solid rationale behind proper biblical principles for apologetics, and a great defense of presuppositionalism, this book definitely has that.
Nov 12, David Haines rated it liked it. Using Paul’s argument from Romans 1, Oliphint shows that God has made Himself known to all men and men either receive this and acknowledge Him, or they rebel against Him and suppress this knowledge. The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily in Covenantal apologetics is Oliphint’s name for Van Tillian presuppositionalism.
This book is essentially an introduction to presuppositional apologetics the author wishes to change the name presuppositional to Covenantal, an out of respect for the author, I am willing to do so, however, it must be noted that it is apolkgetics very same as Van Tillian apologetics.
Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith
I felt that from the half of the book he started to rush, giving more space to the conversations and leaving less and less space to important concepts that were reduced to a couple of sentences.
There is a lot of great, great stuff in this book. With regards to persuasion, the author lists another triviumthis time drawing from Aristotle: Ours is to show forth the gentleness and respect that Christ himself had, even as we fight the good fight of contending for the faith once for all given to the saints Jude 3.
So I would advise everyone to grab this book, and then to grab the rest of the books he lists. It’s easy to read a lot about method, but to see it put into action is most instructive and most likely to give the reader an understanding of how to use apoloetics material.