Van Til, defender of the faith: An authorized biography

White Jr., William. Paperback in good condition. Completely unmarked. Minor shelf wear. Light foxing to closed edge pages. Faint creases to spine.


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“He has been praised, condemned, quoted, misquoted, represented, misrepresented, understood, misunderstood, loved, hated, explored ignored.” So writes William White, Jr., in the introduction to the authorized biography of the greatest apologist in American theology, Cornelius Van Til. Van Til, former professor at both Princeton and Westminster seminaries, turned the field of apologetics upside down by de-emphasizing man’s rational faculty. . . .

White skillfully unfolds the story of Van TIl’s early years in the Netherlands and later in Indiana, his mutual love for learning and farming, his marriage to Rena Klooster, and his call to the ministry, and eventually the university. The author reveals Van Til’s personal side: his sense of humor, adventure, and uncompromising conviction.

White traces Van Til’s philosophic development with care. But, always, there is the humanity and humility of the man, his love of Scripture. White points out that Van Til, like Luther, is “bold before man, humble before man.”

About the Author

William White, Jr., Ph.D., is a consulting editor in biomedical sciences and communications and an authority on biblical languages. A graduate of Westminister Theological Seminary, White studied under Van Til and has known him personally for many years.

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