One of the most pernicious and evil myths to plague the human race is the myth of neutrality. It is a product of atheism and anti-Christianity, because it presupposes a cosmos of uncreated and meaningless factuality, of brute or meaningless facts. Because every atom and fact of the cosmos is then meaningless and also unrelated to every other fact, all facts are neutral.
There is an Arabian proverb that reads, He who speaks best must turn men's ears into eyes...Van Til's illustrations were always discreet, which made them all the more effective. He was no skyscraper preacher or theologian, who majored in stories.
One of the key areas of Christian endeavor is also one of the most pressing religious concerns before the church today: apologetics.
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (Rom.1:18). According to Cornelius Van Til this verse and the next contain the crux of the Biblical apologetical method, which has come to be known as the presuppositional method.
The question of life after death has always been one of the major bones of contention between Christianity and atheism.
A Chalcedon reader who attends a state university in southern California recently wrote to me about his experiences. My prof opened up a lecture with this statement: I am a Jew from Brooklyn and I am agnostic. My favorite topic of discussion is religio and I hate Christians.' The Christian student had known that he would have to jump through some fiery hoops in academia, and understood that the higher he went the worse it [would] get. But the Jewish teacher from Brooklyn took him by surprise as this class that I am taking is called, of all things, cultural pluralism.
Hebraic Christianity is the religion of a people in covenant with the God of the Bible, the Sovereign of the Universe.
If your bank is like mine, you have been inundated with sweet-appearing advertising posters every time you enter your bank.
There is an inclination, on the part of many, to enjoy the fruit of the tree without even ever looking up to see whence it came. Lewis Peyton Little
Early in the 20th century, Christian apologetics recovered its objectivity and moved a step closer to theological consistency through the work of Cornelius Van Til.
Presuppositionalism is a fact of life. Everyone works from basic assumptions, or presuppositions. But not everyone is self-conscious of his or her presuppositions.
Since the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11, much has been written and discussed about the nature of Islam and whether it is truly a religion of peace. But in the two and a half years that have passed since that terrible day, how much have we learned about what Islam teaches and how those beliefs compare to our own?