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Cornelius Van Til

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Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought
Paperback, 463 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by P & R Publishing
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Jacob Aitken

The Metaphysics of Knowledge: God as Self-Contained Fullness
This is Frame's favorite aspect of Van Til's thought, and probably the best section in the book. This is another way of saying God's aseity. God is sufficient in himself. From God's self-containment, we may say that God's unity implies his simplicity: "If there is only one God, then there is nothing "in" him that is independent of him" (55). How does God's revelation play into this? Due to the richness of God's nature, we could never kn
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John Frame is another disciple of Van Til's who wrote a book attempting to summarize Van Til's theolgy and philosophy. While Rushdoony and Bahnsen both summarize his thought, Frame actually critiques it. This is the biggest difference between this volume and "By What Standard?" and "Van Til's Apologetic." The fact that Frame critiques Van Til in no way should diminish the fact that he is "Van Tillian" and agrees with Van Til in all the important ways.

Frame subscribes to Van Til's understanding o
Van Til is one of the most needlessly obtuse writers to which I have ever given serious attention. Thank goodness for his students who have made his ideas accessible. Well, actually alot of his students have not done his legacy any favors. Some have made his views seem more extreme, smug, and novel than he ever intended.

Not John Frame. A master of making difficult concepts readable and enjoyable, Frame has written a real masterpiece once again.

This is not a slavish Van Tillian diatribe. instea
Frame offers a nice guide to Van Til's (VT) thought, systematizing it according to the key elements of VT's apologetics. Frame guides the reader through some of the controversies in which VT was involved. Especially helpful was some clarity to the Clark/Van Til debate focusing on the knowledge of God and ours. While helpful, some may not consider Frame's guidance in this debate either helpful or clear. Frame is presuppositional and stands in the legacy of VT, but it not afraid to mention differe ...more
Keegan Hatt
The section on the Metaphysics of Knowledge is some of the best ever published and is itself worth the purchase. Frame deals with almost everything in Van Til's life and thought that is relevant. This alongside his personal interaction with everyone relevant to Van Til's career makes the book not only stimulating, but also plenty of fun!
Chris Comis
Frame is really good at explaining VT's thought. He also isn't so VT-minded that he can't see any problems and difficulties. This book is full of great explanations, great illustrations, and even great criticisms of VT. If you you're looking for a book that better defends VT against his detractors, then you should read Bahnsen's instead.
Steven Wedgeworth
The most well-balanced treatment of Van Til. Frame isn't afraid to critique CVT, even if he doesn't go quite far enough at all times. There's a good mix of biography and theology as well. This is still the best secondary work on Van Til, in my opinion.
Tsun Lu
John Frame the student of Van Til slightly modified Van Til's view to make his approach more presentable to the philosophical world.
A good overview and helpful critical analysis from someone friendly to Van Til.
Frame was there, but he wasn't the only one.
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For his education, Frame received degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), Westminster Theological Seminary (B.D.), Yale University (A.M. and M.Phil., though he was working on a doctorate and admits his own failure to complete his dissertation), and Belhaven College (D.D.). He has served on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary and was a founding faculty member of their California campu ...more
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