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By Cornelius Van Til / P&R / 1977
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This book brings together a number of Van Til’s studies on Common Grace. Here the author addresses the question of how a Reformed person holding to the doctrine of “double election” can do justice to the universalism of the gospel, as expressed in the “whosoever will” statements of Scripture. Van Til finds the solution to this predicament in the “philosophy of history” conveyed by the Reformed confessions, based on biblical exegesis.
Comprised of nine chapters which contains a fairly complete collection of Van Til’s writings on common grace and its relation to Christian apologetics. The individual chapters do not form one unified whole, nor are they a collection of unrelated remarks. Each is a separate attempt to deal with particular aspects of the one theme—that of Common Grace and its relevance to the gospel.
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Dr. Cornelius Van Til, served as a professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, for 43 years. He retired in 1972, but remained as an emeritus professor until his death in 1987. Van Til, an immigrant from The Netherlands, was one of the most respected apologetic theologians of his time.
Van Til earned degrees from Calvin College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Princeton University on his way to becoming an Orthodox Presbyterian Minister. He served throughout the ministry and scholarly fields, including teaching as an instructor of apologetics at Princeton Theological Seminary and being heavily involved with the foundation of the Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy.
His most noted writings include The New Modernism, The Defense of the Faith, and Christianity and Barthianism. Much of his work with apologetics focuses on the presuppositions of humans, the difference between believers and non-believers, and the opposition between Christian and non-Christian worldviews.
More information about Van Til as a teacher and Reformed theologian is available in an article Eric Sigward wrote for New Horizons entitled "Van Til Made Me Reformed." Read the article as HTML or PDF (copyright 2004 by New Horizons; used by permission)