Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

Crossway, 2013
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Overview

Defending your faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded apologetic is essential for the challenge. Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, K. Scott Oliphint presents an introduction to Reformed apologetics, also referred to as presuppositional apologetics. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal apologetics and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers—helping Christians to boldly and knowledgeably proclaim the gospel.

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Key Features

  • Examines the foundations of covenantal apologetics
  • Introduces the concepts of Reformed (presuppositional) apologetics
  • Discusses how Christians can defend faith through covenantal apologetics

Contents

  • Always Ready
    • Christian Truth
    • Required to Respond
    • What Is Covenantal Apologetics
    • The Ten Tenets
    • Tenets and Texts
  • Set Christ Apart as Lord
    • I Am
    • Condescension and Apologetics
    • He Who Is Not with Me
  • Proof to All Men
    • Paul at Athens
    • Where Shall I Flee?
    • Proving the Proofs
    • What a Burden
    • How Do You Know?
  • We Persuade Others
    • “Trivial” Matters
    • Conclusion
  • We Destroy Arguments: The Achilles’ Heel
    • The Good Fight
    • Negative Apologetics
    • Positive Apologetics
  • Walk in Wisdom toward Outsiders
    • The Wisdom of Persuasion
    • The Spirit of Persuasion
    • Dennett, Dawkins, and Doubt
    • A Concluding Word to the Wise
  • You Are Very Religious
    • Idol Worship
    • God Is (Not?) Great

Praise for the Print Edition

A major undertaking in Christian apologetics, this volume makes a most timely and welcome contribution. By labeling the apologetic task ‘covenantal,’ Scott Oliphint highlights throughout that the presuppositions of ‘presuppositional apologetics’ are the clear and indubitable teachings of Scripture and not a postmodern understanding of presuppositions. Comprehensive in its scope, this balanced mix of principles and practice provides valuable instruction to a broad range of readers. I commend it most highly, especially to those concerned with responding to the challenges of unbelief, both present and perennial, in growing fidelity to Scripture as God’s Word

Richard B. Gaffin Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology, emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

In a day marked by shallow thinking, weak reasoning, and arguments lacking in both theological and biblical depth, Oliphint offers an arsenal of apologetic insight. His affirmation and exposition of a covenantal apologetic brings a vital biblical and theological dimension to the apologetic task. Believers seeking to give an answer for the hope that is in us will enthusiastically receive this book.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

As a teacher I have been crying out for an apologetic primer that would help to demystify a presuppositional method, demonstrate the exegetical and biblical-theological basis for this method, and give some idea as to what this might look like in the real world with real people. Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics fills this need. It is not only principled and practical, but pastoral. For those looking to give reasons for hope, I recommend it.

Daniel Strange, academic vice principal and tutor in apologetics, Oak Hill College, London

Covenantal Apologetics is carefully written, with close attention to detail. It is clear, compelling and cogent. I recommend it to every careful student of this important subject.

Douglas Wilson, senior fellow of theology, New St. Andrews College

In attempting to put to rest the term ‘presuppositional,’ Oliphint integrates the best insights from his philosophical expertise in the Westminster Seminary tradition with the best insights from the Westminster Assembly theological tradition. The result: a book that aims at both the mind and the heart. As a pastor, I welcome books that offer a consistently Reformed approach to a defense of Christianity, for they are few and far between. This may be the best one yet.

Mark Jones, senior minister, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church

Product Details

About K. Scott Oliphint

K. Scott Oliphint. (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

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