Cornelius Van Til: A Life

48 minutes

John Muether, professor of church history and director of the library at Reformed Theological Seminary/Orlando and historian of the OPC, talks with the Christ the Center panel about his recent book Cornelius Van Til:  Reformed Apologist and Churchman, the latest volume in the American Reformed Biography series published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  Professor Muether discusses various aspects of the life and thought of Van Til, including his involvement in the so-called Clark/Van Til controversy, his critical analysis of Karl Barth, his interaction with his Christian Reformed Church critics, and his involvement with the founding and first several decades of existence of Westminster Theological Seminary and the OPC.  Like the book, our conversation with Professor Muether will leave the listener longing to hear more.


  • John Muether
  • Jim Cassidy
  • Jeff Waddington
  • Nick Batzig
  • Camden Bucey


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9 Responses to “Cornelius Van Til: A Life”

  1. James Ernest says:

    Updated bibio entry:

    Muller, Richard A. Christ and the Decree: Christology and Predestination in Reformed Theology from Calvin to Perkins. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
    (ISBN-13: 9780801036101)

  2. Dieter says:

    Was van Til a 6-day creationist? I have come across this article – and would like to explore this a bit further. :-) Dieter

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