The Nature and Use of Apologetic Evidences

Reformed theologians have approached the discipline of apologetics from several different vantage points. Proponents of presuppositional, classical, and evidential approaches differ with one another on several important apologetic questions. One primary subject is the nature and proper use of evidences. Should the apologist use historical arguments for the creation, the truthfulness of Scriptures, the resurrection? If so, what role do those evidences play in an apologetic exchange?

Dr. Scott Oliphint recently spoke about apologetics on the Unbelievable? program with Justin Brierley to dialogue with Kurt Jaros about apologetic methodology. The conversation touched upon several different apologetic topics, but perhaps the most interesting exchange focused on the use of evidences. It is often assumed that Van Tilian presuppositional apologists eschew the use of evidences. On this episode of Christ the Center, the panel addresses this common assumption. They demonstrate how a covenantal approach to apologetics not only allows the apologist to use evidence, but also provides the only proper context in which they may be used.

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Christ the Center focuses on Reformed Christian theology. In each episode a group of informed panelists discusses important issues in order to encourage critical thinking and a better understanding of Reformed doctrine with a view toward godly living. Browse more episodes from this program or subscribe to the podcast feed.


7 years ago

Hi Camden, you mentioned a book at the start by Tom …. that you read at a football game. Could you give some details of this it sounds like a helpful read.

Thanks for all you work – much appreciated.

Jeff Downs

7 years ago


The book Camden mention is Thom Nataro’s Van Til & the Use of Evidence.


7 years ago

Thanks Jeff.

I’d got the spelling completely wrong, no wonder I couldn’t find it! A bit pricey over here though.


7 years ago

Hey Mike,
I don’t want to be mean but I didn’t find Thom Nataro’s Van Til & the Use of Evidence helpful in articulating a Van Tillian philosophy of evidence; the basic point seems to me that Nataro was demonstrating how Van Til isn’t against evidence per se. But that’s my opinion.


7 years ago

By the way, good show you guys, I finally got around to listening to it in my drive around town today


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