Buswell and Van Til

David Owen Filson joins us to speak about Dr. J. Oliver Buswell, theologian and former president of Wheaton College and Covenant College and Seminary. Buswell was involved with the early modernist-fundamentalist controversy and the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, though he joined the Bible Presbyterian Church when it split with the fledgling OPC over premillennialism and teetotalism. He continued to be an interlocutor with members of the OPC and faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Interestingly, he coined the term “presuppositionalism” while debating with Cornelius Van Til over apologetic and theological method.

Dr. Filson is teaching pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously spoke on the subject in episode 316, January 17, 2014

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Jeff Downs

6 days ago

Perhaps someone could link to the four article mentioned by your guest.

William Duncan

5 days ago

I look forward to listening a second tome to this episode, this time with a notebook. Thanks for providing a treasure trove of thought provoking matter.

Steve McNutt

3 days ago

Letter from CVT to Francis Schaefer mentioned in episode: https://www.opc.org/OS/html/V6/4d.html

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