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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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The first necessary principle in answering the pathos question is rooted in the character of God Himself. Hopefully, the time it takes to explain these few suggestions will not be misleading – Covenantal Apologetics is a stimulating gift to the Church.

We must act as Christians in our apologetic covenantao. I expect to read that next!

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Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith by K. Scott Oliphint

Where Oliphant excels is in conducting a detailed examination of the theology behind apologetics. In short, it seems the key to the hypostatic union is not compatibility, but kenosis. But when he gets into this one chapter where he talks about the Greek educational system it doesn’t really point to much of anything. Through the incarnation, Jesus has both a divine and a human nature, but that human nature is sinless.

Jul 04, Jonah Hill rated it really liked it. After some introductory chapters, which are totally necessary for the reader, Oliphint starts to give a very good examples of conversations between some people apologetlcs, atheists, muslims and a christian apologist, trying to show and demonstrate the way apokogetics should respond to some claims with the new understanding of a covenantal relationship.

The book is packed civenantal content. He just doesn’t knock it out of the park like I think he wants to. Every fact and experience is what it is by virtue of the covenantal, all-controlling plan and purpose of God.

Apr 04, Patrick S. The following ten tenets should be in the foundation of our apologetic, according to the author.


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This is a book that the reader will enjoy and learn from, regardless of whether or not you end up embracing this particular apologetic. Good overall book, good biblical insights and foundations for “covenantal apologetics covneantal presuppositionnalism. Scott Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics: This is his goal, to do apologetics in a way that is faithful to Scripture and therefore in a way that honors God. If all men know God, all are responsible for their covenant relationship with God.

Woven into the very fabric of who they are, men have a knowledge of God.

Covenantal Apologetics : Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

How are we to arrive at God by any other means than by his self-revelation? So, at a apologetis, 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 Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc. Dec 04, Cris rated it it was ok. And this is a covenntal start for those looking for a concise and explanatory book on defending our faith.

Reason is not a neutral position—there is no neutrality!

If the compatibility “between God’s apoloogetics and the character of human beings” is sought through Bunge’s definitional test imposed on the two statements “Jesus Christ is God” and “Jesus Christ is Man”, then certainly, the only covenntal Christian response is to affirm that these two statements are compatible – neither “logically implies the negation of the other.

Dec 03, Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it. Oliphint includes three model-discussions to see how apolohetics “Covenant Apologist” would deal with different worldviews. One of the greatest strengths of Oliphint’s project is that, in a covenantal apologetic, there is no clear boundary between apologetics and evangelism. This really is a book of “principles and practice”, not a how-to manual, and that is a good thing.

It was probably enough to convince the mind of an unbeliever; but, at least from my conversations with unbelievers, it likely wouldn’t be enough to persuade the heart. I will say that Oliphint is great at wanting to take the conversation from a strictly philosophical one straight into the Scriptures which is admittedly lacking in at least half the conversation for a PA. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal apologetics and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers–helping Christians to boldly, knowledgeably, and winsomely proclaim the gospel.


Occasionally, he enters into some difficult-to-understand philosophical subjects, but provides enough context that the nontechnical reader can still apologetcs. Nevertheless I think a more robust defense of Christianity can be given than Oliphint allows apolkgetics it can be achieved with a kind of Presuppositionalism, though not one that Oliphint apologdtics easily adopt.

While the sample interactions, two with atheists, and one with a Muslim, are helpful, they are not necessarily the ocvenantal relevant for the average layman. Frame and Bahnsen are good, but as far as clarity and an engaging style, Oliphint, to me at least, is head and shoulders above his peers. Those who are in Christ see that truth for what it is. Particularly helpful is the covenantal apologist’s shifting of the discussion from the continuities between mankind and other species continuities that the covenantal apologist freely recognizes and attributes to the simple fact that God created mankind from the creation itself and thus there are bound to be continuities between the two to the discontinuities between mankind and other species discontinuities attributable coovenantal man’s unique status as Apolohetics image bearer, yet discontinuities that proponents of evolution seldom discuss.

His chapter analyzing the problems with Islam was particularly well-done. In multi-faceted and intelligible ways, the God upon Whom all things depend has revealed Himself to, and relates to, His creation. Preview — Covenantal Apologetics by K.

Lists with This Book. Evidentialists, rather, seek for common ground in reason. He then discusses such topics as the problem of evil showing how the Reformed answer to the problem makes more sense biblically than the Arminian free-will defenseas apolobetics as the modern atheist hi-jacking of reason and logic where Oliphint shows that the atheist really has no grounding for his logical appeals.