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Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis
Hardcover, 800 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Presbyterian and Reformed (first published July 1998)
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Very important contribution to the apologetics of Cornelius Van Til.

Bahnsen does a great service by including many hard/impossible to find apologetical insights penned by Van Til in defense of presuppositional appologetics, or in response to her critics. He also does a good job in setting forth a comprehensive analysis of the apologetics of Van Til.

Of course, Bahnsen is a sympathetic, and hardly critical, supporter of Van Til. You will do well to balance this book with many of John Frame's on th...more
Nov 14, 2012 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
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In "Van Til's Apologetic," Bahnsen presents Van Til's method, summarizes his work, and answers his critics. This work is not for the faint of heart nor the under-read. This is a difficult work to read through and requires patience and some previous experience studying philosophy. To Bahnsen's credit, he's much easier to understand than Van Til.

I trust there are other more introductory works on Van Til's apologetics, but I started here. I don't recommend that path for any but the most adventurou...more
Jacob Aitken
I probably should have reviewed this book several years ago. I was a hard-core presuppositionalist then. In many ways I knew the arguments much better. On the other hand, I now have some distance to the issues and while I may not be as fluid in the argumentation, hopefully I am not as blind to the weaknesses, either.

While I now disagree with much of Bahnsen’s thought, he is truly the master. I stand in awe of him. And Bahnsen would be the first to approve of a former acolyte going beyond Bahnse...more
An essential read if you want to understand Van Til's presuppositional apologetic, a unique, refreshing, faithful, and sound approach to evangelism. However, instead of reading straight through like I did, I would recommend reading the opening chapters and then 9th chapter which is an outline and summary of Van Til's thought and then using the book as a reference, picking up on those reading sections that most interest you. If you read it from cover to cover it will be incredibly repetitive as t...more
Craig French
This is an incredibly helpful collection giving the reader a better grasp of Van Til's thought. While I'm not a rabidly convinced "Van Tillian", he offers some very helpful insights. The careful reader ought to beware of buying into implicit German Idealistic categories and placing faith in this system of thought as though it really destroys all arguments. Be careful how you put into play Van Til's arguments. The average unbeliever will not understand you. An unbeliever with a philosophical back...more
Chris Comis
Bahnsen was the best at defending VT against his detractors. Not a whole lot of critiques of VT in here, but still a ton of good stuff for both the lay apologist and the die-hard. The chapter on self-deception is worth the whole book. This was B's little baby. This book was his magnum opus.
Eric Molicki
A defining read for me on a Biblically-sound epistemology, cosmology, and apologetic methodology. Bahnsen's work makes Van Til's accessible by placing the readings in an understandable theological and philosophical framework. A must read for all aspiring theologians as far as I'm concerned.
Justin Andrusk
This book is in my opinion is "the book" and should be required reading for all aspiring Christian apologists. Bahnsen outlines various philosophical systems and shows why they are defective against the Christian worldview.

Michael Jones
Waded through this carefully when I was learning to think as a Christian man. Balance this with lots of other Biblical stuff. Tis the set O the saw blade of the mind that makes the worldview.

If you can work through this slow--do so!
This is a segue into Van Tillian apologetics.
Bahnsen elucidates all of Van Til's ideas into this very comprehensive book.
References to most of Van Til's articles/books are found in this analysis.
Jason Reclaimed
Van Til and Bahnsen present the Biblical approach to sharing your faith with unrivaled mastery. Nothing else in today's literature on the subject comes close.
Van Til was a philosophical genius but less than stellar communicator. Greg Bahnsen was crucial for me to begin to get my mind around Van Til's work.
Harsher and more partisan than I like, but often interesting. Gives a full treatment to the idea of a particularly Christian epistemology.
Jay D
An excellent work to master to master the work of world views. Master this and never lose a debate again.
A fine book. Bahnsen does a tremendous job of systematizing and proof-texting Van Til's superb apologetic.
Benjamin Glaser
A bit on the long side but overall a necessary read if you want to understand Cornelius Van Til.
Glenn Hendrickson
Nov 24, 2011 Glenn Hendrickson is currently reading it
This is easily the most thorough and complete volume on presuppositional apologetics ever written.
Jon Sedlak
Van Til is boring to study, but Bahnsen makes it look easy
The best VanTillian reference book. Quite a slog, though.
Steven Dunn
Sep 05, 2012 Steven Dunn marked it as to-read
Need to read this by Bahnsen!
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Greg L. Bahnsen was an influential Calvinist Christian philosopher, apologist, and debater. He was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies.
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