Kuyper or Warfield
Bahnsen undoubtedly wrote the definitive analysis of Cornelius Van Til's apologetic (Van Til's Apologetic, P&R, 1995), read the review here. In this 800 pg tome Bahnsen explains that Van Til is a Dutchman wearing wooden shoes under the tutorship of old Princeton. Van Till received his graduate training in the educational tradition of old Princeton (Alexander, Hodge, Warfield, and Machen), but his thought is painted with the colors of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck. In his apologetics he was "standing on the shoulders of Warfield and Kuyper" and building "on the main thrust of their thought..."(611, Bahnsen in Van Til's Apologetic). "I have tried to use elements both of Kuyper's and of Warfield's thinking" (597). "A person who can explain the ways in which Van Til agreed and disagreed with both Warfield and Kuyper, is a person who understands presuppositional apologetics" (597).
Greg L. Bahnsen, (1948-1995), was an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a full time Scholar in Residence for the Southern California Center for Christian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California, specializing in the theory of knowledge. He previously received the B.A. (magna cum laude, philosophy)... read more
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