Vos Group #4: The Mapping Out of the Field of Revelation

This fourth episode of Vos Group, Dr. Lane Tipton and Camden Bucey tackle chapter 2 of Geerhardus Vos’s Biblical Theology (pp. 19–26). Topics of discussion include the relationship of general/natural and special/supernatural revelation, sin and revelation, and divine covenants.

Roughly each month, Lane and Camden will work through the pages of Vos’ Biblical Theology. While Vos’ book is foundational, it’s tough for the “uninitiated” to access. This will be a great opportunity for study groups to listen to our discussions and work things out together. We hope everyone who participates will learn more about Reformed biblical theology. Pick up a copy of Biblical Theology and get on the BT wagon!

Lane G. Tipton is Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has appeared numerous times on our programs. Please visit our archives to listen to Dr. Tipton speak about a range of theological topics.

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Don Bryant

4 years ago

I absolutely enjoy these book discussions. Very helpful.

Eduardo Anorga

4 years ago

Really appreciate this series, along with the rest of your programs.

CM

4 years ago

This is great.
A PDF of Dr. Tipton’s SS notes and handouts would also be nice.

pba

4 years ago

A bit late on this one, but could one of the RF hosts explain what “knowledge” means in the Reformed doctrine of the innate knowledge of God? This came up around the mid-point in the episode. This is something that has puzzled me for a long time, and is not really addressed in the Reformed tradition (debates about the conditions for knowledge, for one, are in some ways rather recent). A general way of characterizing knowledge for some subject S is that it: 1. S believes that P. 2. S is justified in believing that P. 3. P is in fact true, and some 4th(+) condition(s) which prohibits S from satisfying 1-3 by luck or similar epistemically defective causal process. The Reformed tradition obviously believes that 3 is satisfied. However, there are plenty of people who lack belief in God, so condition 1 is not satisfied. Depending on how epistemic justification is understood (a detail not exactly widely discussed in the Reformed theological tradition), 2 and 4 might also not be satisfied. So, this is all just to say, what should the Reformed tradition say about the nature of knowledge? If Vos could read some 20th and 21st century epistemology (a feat that, unfortunately, would put him in a small group among Reformed theologians) what would he likely say about the nature of knowledge?

CAF

2 years ago

Just found you, so catching up with the programs, which are excellent! In their discussion of Chapter 2, I’m wondering why Dr. Tipton and Camden didn’t discuss Vos’s comments on the “new world of truth” (which begins in the last paragraph of pg. 20 in the “Banner of Truth” volume.) Vos says that now the form, the content, and the manner “in which the supernatural approach of God to man is received” is different than it was before the Fall in Eden; that now, revelation is “externally embodied” or “stored up” in tradition and Scripture…which he calls a “reservoir.” This makes for a fellowship with God, which is, Vos says, “only in principle restored.” I know they can’t cover everything, but I would have loved to hear DT and C talk about this point. Keep up the great work!

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