Apologetics to the Glory of God

The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (9 of 10)

In my previous post for this series I provided a list of covenantal apologetic links. As mentioned in that post, a number of sites were likely left out. Like the previous post, this post will no doubt leave much to be desired in terms of how exhaustive it is. There are now enough new covenantal apologetics books coming out that it is difficult to list them all in a post like this one.

Years ago books like Every Thought Captive and Apologetics to the Glory of God were, other than books by Cornelius Van Til, just about the only thing around on presuppositionalism. Always Ready and Van Til’s Apologetic came along a bit later, but as far as I know the explosion of material in the first decade of the new century is unprecedented.

John M. Frame defended presuppositional apologetics in Five Views of Apologetics  and published a number of books in the series that began much earlier with Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. They were Doctrine of God, Doctrine of the Christian Life, and Doctrine of the Word of God. His festschrift came out as well under the title Speaking the Truth in Love.

K. Scott Oliphint  has been busy. He published The Battle Belongs to the Lord, Revelation and Reason, and Reasons for Faith. He has a number of books on the history of apologetics and other topics that are also consistent with a covenantal apologetic. He also had a hand in at least one of the new editions of the works of Van Til which include Introduction to Systematic Theology, Christian Apologetics, and Defense of the Faith.

The aforementioned volumes have made Van Til more readily accessible even to those who have never heard of him before. The same is true now with respect to a theologian Van Til followed quite closely. One can now obtain Reformed Dogmatics by Herman Bavinck in English.

Let’s not forget Pushing the Antithesis, a great little book capturing much of the spirit of Bahnsen’s work in presuppositional apologetics. There was also no lack of excitement over Presuppositionalism Stated and Defended, an early work by Bahnsen that was lost until just recently and then published for the first time.

There are many other books that have no doubt created even more interest in covenantal apologetics. Doug Wilson’s books are among those. And though he is certainly not a presupper proper, Alvin Plantinga’s might be thrown into that category as well. Don’t forget Vern Poythress. James N. Anderson published his Paradox in Christian Theology which closely follows Van Tilian thought. Mike A. Robinson has published a slew of presuppositional apologetic materials. Jamin Hubner just released the second edition of The Portable Presuppositionalist. Massimo Lorenzini wrote a helpful introduction called A Reason for the Hope. Cliff McManis just published Biblical Apologetics.

Again, there are a lot more works that could be listed here. Feel free to post any in the comments. In the last ten years or so we have seen an incredibly large number of new publications on covenantal apologetics. Lord willing, many more will come!



2 responses to “The Recent Rise of Covenantal Apologetics (9 of 10)”

  1. Greg (Tiribulus) Avatar

    I can’t believe you guys don’t get more action on this site. You’re doin great work over here.

    1. defectivebit Avatar

      Thanks for the encouragement.

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