A Christian Theory of Knowledge

Van Til, Cornelius; Oliphint, K Scott (edited by)

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In this follow-up to his seminal work, The Defense of the Faith, Cornelius Van Til continues to explore “in greater detail the nature and implications of our commitment to Scriptural authority,” articulating a Reformed apologetic harmonious with the Christian faith. Through a dazzling survey of perspectives—the church fathers, Thomas Aquinas, Herman Bavinck, B. B. Warfield, Oliver Buswell, and others—Van Til expresses a vibrantly Reformed epistemology founded on the Word of God. A Christian Theory of Knowledge ranks among Van Til’s foremost works, critical to grasping a Reformed covenantal apologetic. Long out of print, this edition has been completely retypeset and furnished with an introduction and helpful annotations by K. Scott Oliphint.

Watch a three part conversation on The Afterword with Scott Oliphint:


“The republication of this volume is most welcome. Fully consistent with the apostolic demand to bring every thought captive in obedience to Christ as that is to be done under the final authority of the self-attesting Christ of Scripture, the robust and penetrating theological epistemology this book provides is needed as much today as when it first appeared. Oliphint’s copious annotations throughout enhance its usefulness.”

Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Every time I revisit his writings—which is often—I find my conviction re-inforced that Cornelius Van Til is the most important and incisive Reformed thinker of the last hundred years. I’m therefore delighted that Westminster Seminary Press is reissuing A Christian Theory of Knowledge. The book makes for a challenging read, but it is replete with profound and illuminating insights, and Dr. Oliphint’s superb foreword and explanatory notes make it much more acces-sible to readers unfamiliar with Van Til’s thought and the theological principles that undergird his philosophical analyses.”

James N. Anderson, Carl W. McMurray Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Cornelius Van Til’s writings continue to prove themselves helpful and incisive as the decades move forward. If anything, they grow in importance as the antithesis between Christ and the world becomes more evident in the twenty-first century. I commend this new edition of his work.”

Vern S. Poythress Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary