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Van Til and the Foundation of Christian Ethics

In this episode, we welcome Scott J. Hatch, author of Reformed Forum’s latest publication, Van Til and the Foundation of Christian Ethics: A God-Centered Approach to Moral Philosophy, to consider the profound relationship between theology and ethics as articulated by Cornelius Van Til. In addition to providing an original treatment of the subject, Hatch has also edited a critical edition of Van Til’s Christian-Theistic Ethics, which is included as a lengthy appendix in this volume. This never before been available, and anyone interested in the thought of Cornelius Van Til should surely get a copy for their library.

This insightful conversation illuminates Van Til’s unique approach to Christian ethics, emphasizing a God-centered moral philosophy grounded in the doctrine of the self-contained ontological Trinity. Hatch explores Van Til’s critique of moral relativism and how his theological framework offers a compelling solution to ethical dilemmas, contrasting with the perspectives of other ethicists and theologians.

The episode promises to enrich understanding of Christian ethics through the lens of Reformed theology, challenging believers to consider the foundational role of the Triune God in all moral considerations. Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of how Cornelius Van Til’s groundbreaking work continues to shape contemporary discussions on Christian ethics, offering a robust, God-centered approach that speaks to the challenges of modern moral relativism.


  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:04:12 Being Introduced to Cornelius Van Til’s Theology and Apologetics
  • 00:09:54 Versions of Van Til’s Ethics
  • 00:21:24 The Uniqueness of Van Til’s Ethical Approach
  • 00:28:42 Ethics and the Doctrine of God
  • 00:36:44 Alasdair MacIntryre and Critiques of Moral Relativism
  • 00:45:11 Critiques and Misunderstandings of Van Til’s Ethics
  • 00:53:29 Van Til’s Value for Future Generations
  • 00:59:13 For Further Study
  • 01:03:54 Conclusion


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