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Introduction to the Theology and Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til

Lane Tipton

Dr. Lane G. Tipton is pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Easton, Pennsylvania and Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Reformed Forum.
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Dr. Lane G. Tipton teaches a thorough introduction to the theology and innovative apologetic method of Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987), a pioneer in a distinctly Reformed approach to defending the faith.

This course investigates the context, structure, and significance of Van Til’s theology and apologetics. It is designed to introduce students to the main influences and fundamental concerns of Van Til’s theological approach to apologetics. Topics include a general introduction, Trinity, image of God, covenant, revelation, worldview, antithesis, common grace, and idealism. Special attention is given to the programmatic deep structures of Van Til’s thought, distinguishing his views from Roman Catholicism, Barth, and Evangelical approaches to theology and apologetics.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the core doctrines and principles of Van Til’s theology and apologetics with knowledge gained through primary sources.
  • Apply Van Til’s critique of correlativism to contemporary theological mutualism.
  • Identify the basics of Van Til’s doctrine of general and special revelation.
  • Analyze and evaluate Van Til’s foundational critique of Kantian and Hegelian forms of idealism.

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Introduction
Systematic Theology
Biblical Theology
Philosophy and Method

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