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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There can be no greater reason to recommend Oliphint’s work and to thank God for the labors of His servant.

Covenantal Apologetics : Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

God’s covenantal revelation is authoritative by virtue of what it is, and apolgetics covenantal, Christian apologetic will necessarily stand on and utilize that authority in order to defend Christianity.

In fact, he is responsible for making it more Christ-centered and proposing the name change from presuppositional apologetics to convenantal apologetics.

Oliphint argues this, Reformational principle, is the bedrock belief: So as one thinks about and commences to defend the Christian faith, things can become complex.

Dec 04, Cris rated it it was ok. There is a lot of great, great stuff in this book. As covenantal creatures we enjoy a sensus divinitatus, a “sense of the divine”.

Covenantal Apologetics : K. Scott Oliphint :

In this, the persuasive character of a covenantal apologetic emerges. Examples of this surface in the sample dialogue between a covenantal apologist and an atheist concerning whether the Christian God can be true in light of the evil-swollen world that we know chapter 5.


Those in unbelief are covenant breakers. At the end this is a solid contribution to the field of apologetics. It will depend entirely on who our audience is and our relationship to them. Although, for that matter, “apologetics” itself is a word that is a bit loaded in our common vernacular. Any notion of compatibility will have to allow that if this is true, then there is no incompatibility between God’s character and the character of human beings.

His chapter analyzing the problems with Islam was particularly well-done. However, he is weakest in that his writing can tend to appear to be a little all over the place or not holding too much relevance to the whole, especially at the beginning of a chapter. This alone makes the book worth the read, but Oliphint loses much of the magic in translation. This is dictated by Scripture.

After some introductory chapters, which are totally necessary for the reader, Oliphint starts to give a very good examples of conversations between some people humanists, atheists, muslims and a christian apologist, trying to show and demonstrate the way we should respond to some claims with the new understanding of a covenantal relationship.

There is an absolute covenantal antithesis between Christian theism and any other, opposing position. And the mock conversations help that a little. To try to know ourselves without knowing God would be like trying to know our image in a mirror when we are not standing in front of it. I think his most interesting chapter is his take on Paul’s apologetic message on Mars Hill in Acts Apr 04, Patrick S.

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The Best Books of To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Perhaps, you should read Bahnsen instead. In this aploogetics endeavor, Oliphint succeeds commendably. Chapter 4 alone is worth the price of the book.


He discusses the biblical foundations for apologetics, as well as the importance of the rhetorical appeals logos, pathos and ethos in presenting one’s case in a persuasive manner.

In terms of Oliphint’s working definition of compatibility, these two statements are incompatible, for each “logically implies the negation of the other”. I would recommend Bahnsen’s works if you want to dig deeper. 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.

One almost is left with the sense that those readers who understand Oliphint’s explanations did not need his explanations, while those readers who would benefit from an explanation will not be helped by the explanations that he provides.

Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. This changes things for apologetics and evangelism. An ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Dr.

In the course of the book Oliphint emphasizes the goal apologetics is not winning an argument but is persuasion. 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