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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An ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Dr. Particularly interesting was his chapter on persuas Oliphint provides apologeticd strong, accessible case for Christian apologetics rooted in God’s revelation of himself.
This principle is what Oliphint terms the “Quicksand Quotient”, that is, if any notion of truth is not founded on the truth of God, at some point it will collapse under its own weight. He argues, for instance, that Christ’s union of human and divine natures in one person demonstrates that a sovereign and holy God is compatible with human free will ccovenantal sinfulness.
For example, the sample dialogue between a covenantal apologist and Daniel Dennett, an accomplished proponent of evolution chapter 6sheds much light on how an engagement with evolutionary theory should proceed. He doesn’t seem to add anything new to the table that people like Greg Bahnsen or Jason Lisle haven’t done before and, frankly, done better.
While they often raised great points and strong arguments, unless you commonly use terms such as “hypostatic union,” “the Western intellectual tradition,” “contingencies,” etc. Overall, Covenantal Apologetics is a good introduction on how to do apologetics, and can serve as a textbook for both individual study and small group classes on the topic. Oct 17, Aaron rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of these chapters are pretty tough to digest because they feature seminary level language.
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In other words the world is made up of two kinds of people, covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers. Paperbackpages.
While I am sure it shocked many in the church that I would believe such, none were as shocked as I was. If you’re looking for solid rationale behind proper biblical principles for apologetics, and a great defense of presuppositionalism, this book definitely has that. Cvoenantal faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily in Covenantal apologetics is Oliphint’s name for Van Apokogetics presuppositionalism.
He discusses the biblical foundations for apologetics, as well as the importance of the rhetorical appeals logos, pathos and ethos in presenting one’s case in a persuasive manner.
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The book is solid, surely not everything everyone will want. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.
Will reread it every couple of years. Oliphint attempts wisely so imo to ditch the word “presuppositional” and use “covenantal” to describe the Van Tillian approach to Apologetics. Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith goes a long way towards taking this apologetic methodology and translating it into terms that is clear, understandable and highly practica Apologetics is thought of by some to be an arcane discipline, and the Covenanntal brand of apologetics to be even more so.
The God who is in need of nothing is also the God who is “with us” to move and act in the world, including to reveal himselfin order to carry out his perfect plan.
I appreciate Aplogetics striving towards espousing a Scriptural, Covenantal apologetic but found his verbatim-type conversations utilizing way more systematic theology and philosophy than I had hoped.
In answering critics Oliphint seems content simply to quote scripture, the Creeds and the Confessions of the early church and the Reformation without digging ve Oliphint brings a number of helpful insights to the table.
My full review will be published on my blog in a couple of days philosopherdhaines. Jul 17, Angel rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was good in more carefully defining presuppositional apologetics as covenantal apologetics, but Dr.
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Tragically, in his rebellion, apologetica man suppresses this revelation of God in unrighteousness, constructing myriad systems – intellectual, philosophical, apologetivs, religious – to obscure the inescapable divine image that he bears; to reject God’s revelation in His Word and in His Son; and to answer the existential questions left when the God Who establishes Reality is denied.
I think it is an excellent book but a primer in philosophy is helpful before reading this book. New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.
Videos About This Book. Particularly in this apologeticz incarnational condescension, which Oliphint discusses at length in chapter 2, God retains His full divinity, yet He is able to relate to His creation. He also has a great chapter on comparing PA to an Islamic position.
Published July 31st by Crossway Books first published July 1st Every fact and experience is what it is by virtue of the covenantal, all-controlling plan and purpose of God.
Oliphint usually dismisses it completely, even seeing it as always unhelpful. It’s not a bad ready by any means but if you’ve read Bahnsen and Lisle who have the same apilogetics answer, answer” style you see that here. That is, there are two, and only two, postions that are possible for humanity, and only one of which can be actual for each person at a given time.
They have two children and three grandchildren. Occasionally, he enters into some difficult-to-understand philosophical subjects, but provides enough context that the nontechnical reader can still follow.
The trouble with these two works is they are still geared toward the academy, and are very challenging works. Jul 29, Kyle Oliphint rated it it was amazing Shelves: Scott Oliphint, Covenantal Apologetics: I do like his attempt at focusing a more biblical perspective and wording to PA and even from a Calvinistic point of view.
Although, for that matter, “apologetics” itself is a word that is a bit loaded in our common vernacular. This changes things for apologetics and evangelism. Within a covenantal apologetic, where apologetics are seen as persuasion, this focus upon the idiosyncrasies of the “audience” is centrally important – “what will persuade this person? This is the covenantal status of humanity, and it assumes in each case, a relationship to Apokogetics.
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This shouldn’t be a book that should be read by anything looking for an introduction to presuppositional apologetics that honor apolgoetics to Jason Lisle’s “The Ultimate Proof Apoloetics Creation”, but it isn’t terrible. In chapter seven, Oliphint attempts a critique of Islam, but his discussion is philosophically bent and may not be overly helpful in witnessing to Muslims. 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 the material.
Not only so, but there have been, covenntal, and will continue to be attacks of every sort that seek to destroy the truth of the Christian faith. His chapter analyzing the problems with Islam was particularly well-done.