Van Til and Reason
My latest paper, on the contradictory position of Van Til in accepting and rejecting the Rationalism of the Enlightenment, is now up on the papers page.
My favorite bit: Karl Bath, a man regularly reviled by Van Til, scrapped his Christian Dogmatics to write his Church Dogmatics, because he came to believe that theology happened within the Church. Van Til doesn’t have any move of this sort, and leaves us no picture of corporate theology, indeed his view seems totally individualistic and thus emphasizing the autonomy of man. Van Til never expresses anything showing that theology is something beyond the individualistic enterprise he treated it as. The Church plays no role and the theologian, echoing Descartes’ creed of self-standard, acts as a free individual.