Saturday, September 11, 2010

Michael Horton on Cornelius Van Til on Karl Barth

"Cornelius Van Til's Christianity and Barthianism in 1962 had a profound impact on wider appraisals [...] However, it also exhibits critical weaknesses. Tragically, Van Til's legitimate insights [...] seem sometimes to be obscured by sweeping generalizations and even caricatures of Barth's own stated positions. Although Van Til frequently cited G. C. Berkouwer's criticisms on Barth, the Amsterdam theologian distanced himself from the earlier analyses of Van Til and offered his own, more generous and careful critique in The Triumph of Grace in the Theology of Karl Barth."
(Michael S. Horton, 'A Stony Jar: The Legacy of Karl Barth for Evangelical Theology' in Engaging with Barth, ed. David Gibson and Daniel Strange [UK: Apollos, 2008], p.347. Italics original, bold added)

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