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The Defense of the Faith—Abridged Edition

The Defense of the Faith—Abridged Edition

Cornelius Van Til

| P&R | 1967

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In this book, a revision and abridgment of an earlier work, Van Til seeks to discover the most biblical and effective way to present Christ to unsaved people. He writes in the introduction, “First, the main contents of the gospel of grace is briefly set forth in terms of theology (Chapter 1). Then this same gospel is set forth in terms of philosophy (Chapters 2–4). Finally, this gospel is presented to the ‘natural man’ in order that he might be saved (Chapters 5–11).” Along the way, Van Til contrasts his position with that of Roman Catholicism and the neo–orthodoxy of Karl Barth and his followers.

Author Bio

Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) 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 serving as a professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary and 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 which can all be found in The Works of Cornelius Van Til (40 vols.).  Much of his work with apologetics focuses on presuppositions, the difference between believers and non-believers, and the opposition between Christian and non-Christian worldviews.