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 faith that we are defending must begin covenantaal, and necessarily in Covenantal apologetics is Oliphint’s name for Van Tillian presuppositionalism. My favorite insight is his “Quicksand Quotient”. Oliphint offer ten tenets to guide the Covenantal approach to apologetics. Because other religions exist in order to avoid the true God, they will inevitably interject another god, and that god will have distinct characteristics. Always Ready Oliphint defines covenantal apologetics and presents the ten tenets of this approach.

These were definitely some of the strongest parts of the book. However, if the question is a bit more focused, covenamtal become more complex. The discussion could have been a bit clearer and more pointed, but any focus on our personal holiness and our understanding of the unbeliever is an apologetis addition.

This is a great start. This principle is what Oliphint terms the “Quicksand Quotient”, that is, if any notion of truth is not founded on the truth of God, at some point it will collapse under its own weight.

While Oliphint apolgoetics out a clear plan of action on telling you what the book is about, I don’t think he quite sets out what he wants. Defending the faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded covenwntal is essential for the challenge. This book clearly explains the Defending the faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded apologetic is essential for the challenge.

Chapter 4 alone is worth the price of the book.

Covenantal Apologetics

If there is a shortcoming in Oliphint’s work, it is a periodic lack of completeness and clarity in some of his arguments. This chapter especially, and the whole book in general, is worth taking the time to read deliberately and prayerfully.


In chapter 4, Oliphint describes his notion of “persuasion” through what he terms the trivium of persuasion – a trivium a set of three subjectscomprised of ethospathosand logoscovrnantal encapsulates what “persuasion” is.

Oliphint usually dismisses it completely, even seeing it as always unhelpful. To ask other readers questions about Covenantal Apologeticsplease sign up. Good overall book, good biblical insights and foundations for “covenantal apologetics ” presuppositionnalism. Want to Read saving…. I can’t develop covrnantal apologetic here but suffice to say Oliphint’s book is well worth reading for its commitment to Reformed Theology in the face of numerous Arminian and Molinist Christian philosophers and apologists.

As a result, the conversations could often seem kind of truncated and impersonal. Jun 29, David rated it really liked it Shelves: If the covenantal apologist’s goal is to magnify Christ and His Gospel, the apologist simultaneously must be commending Christ and his Gospel with his life, or else all of the arguments and covenanta, that he offers will be eviscerated. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Oliphint is a seminary professor, and it shows. However, when any philosophical or intellectual system attempts to answer these questions and to understand truth by suppressing the truth of God’s revelation, it ultimately will collapse upon itself precisely because it denies the Foundation of all Reality.

There would be no image because the “original” would not be there. Oliphint feels it is time to move away from the terminology “presuppositional” and move towards a label more representative of the method itself, and one without the negative connotations that “presuppostional” enjoys.

It is an interesting read my copy which was new, apologetic now covered in writing, highlighting and noteshowever I found covneantal disagreeing with This book is essentially an introduction to presuppositional apologetics the author wishes to change the name presuppositional to Covenantal, an out of respect for the author, I am willing to do so, however, it must be noted that it is the very same as Van Tillian apologetics.

The opposing lines are based, at least initially, on the published arguments of opponents to Christianity, both atheist and Muslim. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


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

An attempt at persuasion which does not take into account these elements will not be successful. 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.

They unwittingly borrow the apologetifs for their position from Christianity!

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

It’s an apologetic that shows the unbeliever’s beliefs are built upon false presuppositions, or worse. As a result, Oliphint didn’t add much to the discussion in this chapter. But it is complicated by the fact that there are so many theological permutations of biblical truth and almost no end to the variations and contours of unbelief.

I would recommend Greg Bahnsen’s book, Always Ready, as a better introduction to Presuppositional Apologetics and because it doesn’t present aberrant views concerning God’s immutability.

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Apoogetics 04, Cris rated it it was ok. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My pastor swears by it, so I gave it another try.

I do wish that he would have spent more time actually working through the tenets offering a more robust biblical support for each one, but that may have been outside the scope of the book. Jan 28, Joe Carvajal rated it really liked it. So I would advise everyone to grab this book, and then to grab the covenanntal of the books he lists.

All three interactions are with high-caliber intellectuals, and are necessarily complex and philosophical. Oliphint deals with a broad range of subjects and apologeticd does so in a manner that will not easily lose his audience.