Van Til and Barth

The group continues their discussion of Cornelius Van Til by examining Van Til’s critique of the theology of Karl Barth. Van Til’s two books The New Modernism and Christianity and Barthianism were extremely influential in developing an understanding of Barth among English-speaking theologians. The discussion brings the critique to the foreground particularly in the light of Barthianism’s dominance in the current evangelical landscape.


Other Formats

Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. T&T Clark Ltd, 2005.

Brunner, Emil. Natural theology : comprising “Nature and grace” by Professor Dr. Emil Brunner and the reply “No!” by Dr. Karl Barth. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2002.

Colyer, E. “How to Read T. F. Torrance.” THEOLOGICAL STUDIES 63 (2002): 400–401.

Gaffin, Richard B., Jr. God’s Word in Servant-Form. Reformed Academic Press.

Grenz, Stanley. Beyond foundationalism : shaping theology in a postmodern context. 1st ed. Louisville Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

Gunton, Colin. Becoming and being : the doctrine of God in Charles Hartshorne and Karl Barth. Oxford [Eng.] ;;New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Hunsinger, George. How to read Karl Barth : the shape of his theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1923.

McCormack, Bruce. Karl Barth’s critically realistic dialectical theology its genesis and development, 1909–1936. Oxford: Clarendon, 1997.

Muether, John. Cornelius Van Til : Reformed apologist and churchman. Phillipsburg N.J.: P&R Pub., 2007.

Muller, Richard A. “The Barth Legacy: New Athanasius or Origen Redivivus.” The Thomist 54 (1990): 673–704.

Oliphint, K. Revelation and reason : new essays in reformed apologetics. 1st ed. Phillipsburg N.J.: P&R Pub., 2007.

Oliphint, K. Scott. Reasons (for Faith): Philosophy in the Service of Theology. P & R Publishing, 2006.

Van Til, Cornelius. Christianity and Barthianism. P & R Publishing, 2004.

Van Til, Cornelius. Defense of the Faith. P & R Publishing, 1967.

Van Til, Cornelius. The new modernism an appraisal of the theology of Barth and Brunner, Philadelphia Pa.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1946.

Webster, John. The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

White, William. Van Til, defender of the faith : an authorized biography. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, 1979.


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6 Responses

  1. Chris

    Do any of you have copies (audio or hard copy) of Bruce McCormack acknowledging that Van Til read Barth correctly?

    I’m currently involved in a small reading group with a Barthian who brought T.F. Torrance’s essay “Theological Persuasion” from the book “God & Rationality” for us to read today. It is good for me because I have never been forced to interact with Barth or his intellectual children. But understanding neo-orthdoxy/crisis theology well enough to interact responsibly with it is difficult. Any help you could offer would be much appreciated. I’m trying to read Van Til’s two books on Barth, but it is slow going.


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  3. Todd

    I know this is audio on Van Til, but if you are going to highlight Van Til’s disagreement with Barth, it would be helpful if you actually engaged within the debate. How is Barth’s theology so hostile to Reformed thought? What are the implications of this disagreement?

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