"Van Tillian Presuppositional Apologetics - A Critique"

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Civbert

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For those interested in the apologetic method of Cornelius Van Til, Brian Bosse has concluded his series "Van Tillian Presuppositional Apologetics - A Critique".

The series begins here at Part 1. (no purchase required ;) )

For further reading Brian (the Brain) is starting a serious on Traditional Logic - something more Christians should be knowledgeable in.
 
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tewilder

Puritan Board Freshman
For those interested in the apologetic method of Cornelius Van Til, Brian Bosse has concluded his series "Van Tillian Presuppositional Apologetics - A Critique".

The series begins here at Part 1. (no purchase required ;) )

For further reading Brain is starting a serious on Traditional Logic - something more Christians should be knowledgeable in.

"The presuppositionalist claims to provide objective, philosophically certain proof for the existence of God."

Actually that is what a rationalist or empiricist apologetics would claim to do. A presuppositionalist presupposes the existence of God.
 

Civbert

Puritan Board Junior
"The presuppositionalist claims to provide objective, philosophically certain proof for the existence of God."

Actually that is what a rationalist or empiricist apologetics would claim to do. A presuppositionalist presupposes the existence of God.

That's the Van Tilian presuppositionalist claim .
 

Semper Fidelis

2 Timothy 2:24-25
Staff member
What about Pinky? :D

"Hey Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"
"The same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over the world!"

:lol:

I'm sure Brian doesn't mind being referred to as "The Brain" {hmmm...diabolical Admin thought just occurred...}
 

Greg

Puritan Board Sophomore
What about Pinky? :D

"Hey Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"
"The same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over the world!"

:lol:

"Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?"
" I think so, Brain, but where are we going to find a duck and a hose at this hour?"
 

Brian Bosse

"The Brain"
Hello SemperFideles,

I'm sure Brian doesn't mind being referred to as "The Brain" {hmmm...diabolical Admin thought just occurred...}

Yes, I just noticed the diabolical Admin. thought. Very nice. My parents called me 'Brain' when I was growing up - and still do so today. They do not do this because of any kind of special mental prowess on my part, but rather because I would spell my name as 'Brain' when I was little. :p
 

schaflera

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Van Tillian Critique - Edited for Reading

Hi All,

I've posted an edited version of Mr. Bosses' critique on the scripturalist yahoo group. It's been edited for brevity, added clarity, and chronology (although some formatting errors occurred copying it over from MSWord). If you would like me to send you a copy of the MSWord version please email me at [email protected]

Brian points out 3 main problems in the Van Tillian method:

1) Even the simplest deductive proofs do not provide philosophical certainty because as fallible human beings we can always make mistakes in our application of the laws of logic.

2) The Van Tillian apologist does not provide us with a philosophically certain exhaustive list of preconditions for rational inquiry, and as such cannot demonstrate in a philosophically certain manner that Christianity meets those preconditions.

3) For the apologetic method to be certain based upon the impossibility of the contrary, then it must be able to deductively prove that the Christian world view is a necessary condition for knowledge. The rebuttal to this point so far has been merely to restate that we have really only two worldviews. Of course, this still has yet to be demonstrated.

God bless,
Rhett
 

Cheshire Cat

Puritan Board Sophomore
I should note that Brian's critique seems to be an "in camp" critique. It upholds the framean view where one doesn't hold to the "strong" modal claim of impossibility to the contrary. I think this is perfectly compatible with Van Til's methodology on the whole, even though it dissents on this point.
 

Brian Bosse

"The Brain"
Hello Caleb and the Board,

You are correct to say that my critque is an "in camp" critique. I respect Van Til. I also respect Gordon Clark.

Rhett's summary of my critique is a good summary. The main point of my critique was Rhett's point 3. The other 2 points I consider very minor - although point 2 does weigh in on point 3.

Sincerely,

Brian
 
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