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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Oliphint provides a strong, accessible case for Christian apologetics rooted in God’s revelation of himself. Chapters one through four lay out Oliphant’s methodological approach including the basic biblical content. Thus, every unbelieving position will necessarily have within it ideas, concepts, notions, and the like that it has taken and wrenched from their true Christian context.

Everyone is in “covenant” with God. Oliphint usually dismisses it completely, even seeing it as always unhelpful. There have been other attempts at popularizing presuppositional apologetics, but for one reason or another, none of them seem to have the far reaching effect that is needed to bring presuppositional apologetics into the mainstream.

Covenantal Apologetics

That is a goal that we cannot accomplish. This is the bedrock of all apologetics. Their reason has already rejected God, why would we believe that we could put evidence before them to persuade them of the truth? Covenanal chapter analyzing the problems with Islam was particularly well-done. Overall, Covenantal Apologetics is a good introduction on how to do apologetics, and can serve as a textbook for both individual study and small group classes on the topic.

Oliphant made an excellent argument for why we should use the term “covenantal apologetics,” as opposed to the term “presuppositional apologetics. This book clearly apoloyetics the Defending the faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded apologetic is essential for the challenge.

Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as “covenantal apologetics” – a Reformed apologetic that is both broadly accessible and easily practiced. Scott Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics: Indeed, it appears that that “incompatibility” is what suffuses the kenosis of Philippians 2 with its glory – while remaining fully divine and unaltered in His essence, the Son consented to restrain the exercise of some of His glory in the incarnation; restraining that which was “incompatible” with His full and true humanity Oliphint’s brief references to Philippians 2 focus on the humiliation of Christ as it relates to the atonement rather than focusing on the humiliation as it relates to the incarnation itself [e.


What we say, how we say it, and what words and responses we choose to give will depend to a large extent on those to whom we speak. Oliphint calls this the Quicksand Quotient. So I would advise everyone to grab this book, and then to grab the rest of the books he lists. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

This is because I think his apologetic hurts itself by rejecting the aplogetics understanding of Divine Simplicity and a Thomistic account of Trinitarian relations along with the Hypostatic Union.

I think it is an excellent apologeyics but a primer in philosophy is helpful before reading this book. This aspect of our apologetic is not flexible. Set Christ Apart as Lord How, then, ought we to think of a God who, at one and the same time, is absolutely independent and also has freely chosen to commit to his creation? Oliphint seemed to fixate too much on Reformed doctrine and Calvinism in the work.

Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

The opposing lines are based, at least initially, on the published arguments of opponents to Christianity, both atheist and Muslim. While Oliphint lays out a clear plan of action on telling you what the book is about, I don’t think he quite sets out what he wants. A good book on apologetics in the Van Til tradition. This book is a great book. 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 to redeem.

Apologetics is thought of by some to be an arcane discipline, and the Presuppositional brand of apologetics to be even more so. Those in unbelief are covenant breakers. Scott Oliphint’s tenent of Covenantal Condescension and denial of Divine Impassibility is posted at my blog: Originally posted in angelroman.

He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Battle Belongs to the Lord: As God’s image bearer, each individual inescapably has a knowledge of God. My favorite insight is his “Quicksand Quotient”.


Presuppositional apologetics has had a difficult time breaking into the mainstream of Christian apologetics. Jul 04, Jonah Hill rated it really liked it.

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It was a dialog between a Muslim and Oliphant. He discusses the biblical foundations for apologetics, as well as the importance covemantal the rhetorical appeals logos, pathos and ethos in presenting one’s case in a persuasive manner. The first necessary principle in answering the pathos question is rooted in the character of God Himself. In chapter 4, Oliphint describes his notion of “persuasion” through what he terms the trivium of persuasion – a trivium a set of three subjectscomprised of ethos apolobetics, pathosand logosthat encapsulates what “persuasion” is.

May 21, Royce rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Open Preview See a Problem? We should not be frightened, then, or unduly offended or defensive covenanhal those to whom we speak thrust the burden of proof on us.

Terminology can be a beast sometimes. While the sample interactions, two with atheists, and one with a Muslim, are helpful, they are not necessarily the most relevant for the average layman. A quick note, however, on his discussion of Islam: The book can’t be all things to all people. However, that may be because the work of translating Van Til’s thought into more understandable terms is still ongoing.

A longer critique of Dr. Understanding what Covenantal Apologetics is, takes the reader to understand who Jesus is and set Him apart as Lord. I think his most interesting chapter is his take on Paul’s apologetic message on Mars Hill in Acts An attempt at persuasion which does not take into account these elements will not be successful.

Jan 28, Joe Carvajal rated it really liked it.