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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Scott Oliphint’s Covenantal Apologetics: There is a lot of great, great stuff in this book. He argues, for instance, that Christ’s union of human and divine natures in one person demonstrates that a sovereign and holy God is compatible with human free will and sinfulness.

Rather, our goal is to communicate, as persuasively as we are able, the truth of God himself, as that truth finds its focus in the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. However, if you’re looking for one that touches more on the practical side of how to conduct it, Bahnsen’s Pushing the Antithesisor Koukl’s Tactics may be a better place to start. Presuppositional is a descriptive term, but it is a bit philosophical and Oliphint argues it has worn out its uses. 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.

While these chapters are interesting and important, I found the last three chapters where Oliphant demonstrates his method in three imagined dialogues to be the most interesting. Return to Book Page. As Oliphint very helpfully observes, this knowledge of God is “more psychological than epistemological” p. In conclusion, Covenantal Apologetics by K. Apologetics is thought of by some to be an arcane discipline, and apologetiics Presuppositional apologdtics of apologetics to be even more so.

He should supplement the book by sharing videos of actual conversations. 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. Hopefully, the time it takes to explain these few suggestions will not be misleading – Covenantal Apologetics is a stimulating gift to the Church.


Almost rated it 3 stars. Although, for that matter, “apologetics” itself is a word that is a bit loaded in our common vernacular. Covenantal apologetics is Oliphint’s name for Van Tillian presuppositionalism. The mixture of theology, philosophy, history, and Scripture applied so beautifully covenantak the discipline of apologetics, specifically persuasion, and showing how critical the pathos of the apologist is, was wonderful.

It is very readable, although I admit some parts need a bit of study, and gives an excellent overview apoloetics the present state of Reformed apologetics.

We must act as Christians in our apologetic interactions. Apr 04, Patrick S. 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. A very good book.

This is because I think his apologetic hurts itself by rejecting the classical understanding of Divine Simplicity and a Thomistic account of Trinitarian relations along with the Hypostatic Union.

In his latest work, Covenantal ApologeticsK. Good stuff on persuasion. Those who are in Christ see the truth for what it is. Taking Exception Lewis on the Christian Life. In answering critics Oliphint seems content simply to quote scripture, the Creeds and the Confessions of the early church and the Reformation without digging ve Oliphint brings a number of helpful insights to the table.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. We should happily accept it and then proceed to explain just how all that its final, foundational, and comprehensive explanation in the triune God who created it. If all men are in a relationship with God, all men know God. In terms of Oliphint’s working definition of compatibility, these two statements are incompatible, for each “logically implies the negation of the other”.

Namely, the importance of keeping apologetics theologically and Christologically full-blooded.

The atheist concern, as framed covenantzl the dialogue, is the compatibility between the Covvenantal God and a fallen creation. Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, Scott Oliphint presents us with an introduction to Reformed apologetics as he sets forth the principles behind a distinctly “covenantal” approach.


The following ten tenets should be in the foundation of our apologetic, according to the author. An attempt at persuasion which does not take into account these elements will not be successful.

Covenantal Apologetics : K. Scott Oliphint :

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This also means that the common ground between the believer and unbeliever, the covenant keeper and covenant breaker, is the knowledge of God.

apooogetics Oliphint offers Ten Tenets as sort of foundational declaration of what Covenantal Apologetics stands for. Those in covenant through Adam are covenant breakers, those in covenant with Christ are covenant apologgetics. Man, even in his innocence, has a limited knowledge Genesis 2: Hence, a book such as K. As a result, Oliphint didn’t add much to the discussion in this chapter. But covenantal apologetics argues that there is no common ground in reason.

Covenantal Apologetics

In chapter seven, Oliphint attempts a critique of Islam, but his discussion is philosophically bent and may not be overly helpful in witnessing to Muslims. While Oliphint has explored such concepts in his other works, most particularly in God With Ushis use of these concepts in Covenantal Apologetics is only briefly explained e. Its truth covrnantal the truth for every person in every place. 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.