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I read this book a few weeks ago, my memory is not as fresh on it as I write the book review as compared to other book reviews here.

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This is a good work by Cornelius Van Til.  The work is divided into five chapters with the first one on Christian truths as a system.  The beginning discusses the importance of thinking about Christianity in terms of a system and the need for systematic theology.  From here, Van Til discusses the bearing of systematic theology in the field of Christian apologetics.  It is an important theses of Van Til that what one believes should shape how one defend what one believes, an important point that Presuppositional apologists wishes to make.  The second chapter discusses what a Christian philosophy of life looks like.  The third chapter is a discussion about the point of contact in apologetics with the unbeliever.  Here Van Til makes an important point in that the point of contact between the believers and the nonbelievers can have actual common ground for point of contact but that common ground is not neutral.  Chapter four is on method and chapter five is on the issue of authority, although I felt chapter four dealt with much on the issue of authority before chapter five!  One of the weakness of Van Til is that critics often complain that he talks in generalities when it come to other ways of doing apologetics (his shorthand for non-Presuppositionalists is the “Roman Catholic” and the “Arminian”).  But his description does describe generally how some think about and actually do apologetics.  I recommend this work.  The edition with William Edgar’s comment is not filled with as much lengthy comments and footnotes as Edgar’s edition for Van Til’s “Defense of the Faith.”  This is a plus in the sense that lengthy footnotes can bog down the readers who wishes to hear Van Til for themselves.  The minimal comment is a plus to the Edgar’s edited edition.

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