Covenantal Apologetics. Study Key Issues in Apologetics and Its Relationship with Christian Doctrine. Curated from a lecture series by K. Scott Oliphint. In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as “covenantal apologetics” – a . Covenantal Apologetics has ratings and 59 reviews. Andrew said: This book was good in more carefully defining presuppositional apologetics as covenan.

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This “sense of the divine” influences how we form our arguments with unbelievers and how we approach the discipline of apologetics. One of the more memorable for me was Oliphint’s chapter on the role of persuasion in apologetics and how he moved from the classical, educational Trivium grammar, logic, and rhetoric to the theological trivium the principial nature of Scripture, the sensus divinitatus, and God’s universal mercy to the trivium of persuasion ethos, pathos, and apologeticss.

This is a book that the reader will enjoy and learn from, regardless of whether or not you end up embracing this particular apologetic.

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A very good book. Their reason has already rejected God, why would we believe that we could put evidence before them to persuade them of the truth?

He is the author of numer Dr. These are central to everything the author says in the book: If you’re looking for solid rationale behind proper biblical principles for apologetics, and a great defense of presuppositionalism, this book definitely has that. May 05, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In this sample dialogue, Oliphint both provides suggestions on how to respond to evolutionary objections and gives one compelling example of how non-believers suppress the knowledge of God that is imbedded within them.

Thus, Christianity is true and anything opposing it is false. I see the merit of the presuppositional approach to apologetics, but also believe, depending on the audience and the course of the discussion with a skeptic, that the classical apologetic appeal to reasoned arguments can also be useful.


Scott Oliphint makes the case in Covental Apologetics that this might just be the case with the label of “Presuppostional Apologetics”. Although, for that matter, “apologetics” itself is a word that is a bit loaded in our common vernacular.

The God who is in need of nothing is also the God who is “with us” to move and act in the world, including to reveal himselfin order to carry out covenantzl perfect plan.

In other words the world is made up of two kinds of people, covenant-keepers and covenant-breakers. Oliphint seemed to fixate too much on Reformed doctrine and Calvinism in the work.

Given persuasion’s centrality to a covenantal apologetic, this trivium of persuasion is practically a trivium of covenantal apologetics and therefore is a helpful way to compress the whole of Oliphint’s project. If there is a shortcoming in Oliphint’s work, it is a periodic lack of completeness and clarity in some of his arguments.

It is also very readable if you apolgetics be scared by a book like this. Scott Oliphint is a very interesting and essential book. Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics is a fine treatment of what has been known as Presuppositional Apologetics.

Covenantal Apologetics : Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

It is easy to see why, when is largely the discovery of Cornelius Van Til, who though a brilliant thinker, is a difficult writer to grasp. He should supplement the book by sharing videos of actual conversations.

Some of these chapters are pretty tough to digest because they feature seminary level language. He ends the book by applying the covenantal apologetic method to false religion—specifically Islam.

At the end this is a solid contribution to the field of apologetics. Oliphint offers a solid introduction to presuppositional apologetics. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ve never been able to find the quote, but John Frame once said that every belief system save Christianity will ultimately end in self defeat.

Hopefully, the time it takes to explain these few suggestions will not be misleading – Covenantal Apologetics is a stimulating gift to the Church. In answering critics Oliphint seems content simply to quote scripture, the Creeds and the Confessions of the early church and the Reformation without digging ve Oliphint brings a number of helpful insights to the table.


Particularly interesting was his chapter on persuasion in apologetics.

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I think Van Til was right, but perhaps Oliphint shook my confidence that this is the right approach in apologetics. Apologetifs you have any interest in knowing what Van Tillian, or presuppositonal, apologetics proposes, this is the book for you.

Oliphint calls this the Quicksand Quotient. Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith goes a long way towards taking this apologetic methodology and translating it into terms that is clear, understandable and highly practical for the Christian living a world of unbelievers and false religionists.

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The discussion could have been a bit clearer and more pointed, but any focus on our personal holiness and our understanding of the unbeliever is an important addition. That is, there are two, and only two, postions that are possible for humanity, and only one of which can be actual for each person at a given time. These dialogues, in which Oliphint provides examples of how a discussion between a covenantal apologist and a non-believer might proceed, are a great strength of his work and often prove tremendously helpful.

So, at a minimum, we have to recognize that there is no intrinsic or essential incompatibility between properties that God has necessarily and the essential properties of creation, even of human beings Jan 28, Joe Carvajal rated it really liked it.

The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who, as God, condescends to create and to redeem. So I would advise everyone to grab this book, and then to grab the rest of the books he lists.