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Van Til’s Doctrine of Revelation

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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In the third course in our Fellowship in Reformed Apologetics, Dr. Lane G. Tipton addresses Cornelius Van Til’s doctrine of revelation. Topics will include:

  1. The implications of the self-contained and immutable Trinity for a doctrine of revelation in the work of creation and in the special act of providence in covenantal condescension;
  2. The distinctive character of natural revelation and the natural knowledge of God in Reformed theology, set in comparison and contrast to the views of Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth;
  3. The relation between natural and supernatural, or general and special revelation, giving special attention to Van Til’s key essay, “Nature and Scripture”;
  4. The Vosian doctrine of eschatology as it bears upon the distinction and the relation of God’s revelation in nature and God’s revelation in covenant (and in Scripture).

The course will give sustained attention to a close reading of central primary sources in Van Til’s corpus that bear on his doctrine of the revelation of the self-contained Trinity in nature and in covenant.

Total course duration: 5 hours.

Course Content

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The Voluntary Condescension of Immutable Trinitarian Persons
A Distinctively Reformed Doctrine of Natural Revelation and the Natural Knowledge of God
Creation and Voluntary Condescension: Natural and Special Revelation
Eschatology and the Inseparability of General and Special Revelation


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