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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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Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally got around to reading and finishing John Frame’s interpretation of Christian apologist and theologian Cornelius Van Til. This is probably long overdue given how long my interests is with Presuppositional apologetics and also having read so much of Frame’s works daily in my life for the last couple of years. I must say that I probably appreciated this work in the current place in my life than I would have appreciated it ten years ago. I do not always agree with John Frame being myself m ...more
Jacob Aitken
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Laurent Dv
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good "systematic theology" of Van Til, a critical one. Sometimes it go far away from what Van Til himself taught.
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Chris Comis
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, theology, bios
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.
Keegan Hatt
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epistemology
A masterful analysis of Van Til's thought by one of his best students. Anyone who takes Van Til seriously must read this. Frame's personal insights into Van Til as a person especially sparkle, and bring the analysis out of the ideological and into the historical. Enjoyable reading, piercing insights, a very important topic. 5 stars.
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good overview and helpful critical analysis from someone friendly to Van Til.
Tsun Lu
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
John Frame the student of Van Til slightly modified Van Til's view to make his approach more presentable to the philosophical world.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Frame was there, but he wasn't the only one.
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I thought that many of his criticisms of Van Til were helpful.
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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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