Covenantal Apologetics. Study Key Issues in Apologetics and Its Relationship with Christian Doctrine. Curated from a lecture series by K. Scott Oliphint. In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as “covenantal apologetics” – a . Covenantal Apologetics has ratings and 59 reviews. Andrew said: This book was good in more carefully defining presuppositional apologetics as covenan.

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These are central to everything the author says in the book: His chapter analyzing the problems with Islam was particularly well-done.

Sep 13, Jason Garwood rated it it was amazing. This book is essentially an introduction to presuppositional apologetics the author wishes to change the name covenanta, to Covenantal, an out of respect for the author, I am willing to do so, however, it must be noted that it is the very same as Van Tillian apologetics.

Covenantal Apologetics : Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

They’re great examples of how to respond to really smart, academic opponents, but they aren’t as helpful for learning how to talk to the average person on the street apolkgetics a way that doesn’t turn him off. Within a covenantal apologetic, where apologetics are seen as apokogetics, this focus upon the idiosyncrasies of the “audience” is centrally important – “what will persuade this person?

So I would advise everyone to grab this book, and then to grab the rest of the books he lists. William lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Barbara.

A very good book. This really is a book of “principles and practice”, not a how-to manual, and that is a good thing. Scott Oliphint is clvenantal very interesting and essential book. Oliphint seemed to fixate too much on Reformed doctrine and Calvinism in the work. Understanding what Covenantal Apologetics is, takes the reader to understand who Jesus is and set Him apart as Lord.

Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith by K. Scott Oliphint

Oliphint offers Ten Tenets as sort of foundational declaration of what Covenantal Apologetics stands for. His sample dialogues provide helpful practical examples to illustrate the approach. These general contours of a covenantal apologetic are well demonstrated in several “sample dialogues” that Oliphint includes in his work.


Scott Oliphint makes the case in Covental Apologetics that this might just be the case with the label of “Presuppostional Apologetics”. However, if you’re looking for one that touches more on the practical side of how to conduct it, Bahnsen’s Pushing the Antithesisor Koukl’s Tactics may be a better place to start. Excellent and biblically faithful.

Our focus in the apologetic task is not to win arguments per se, but to persuade hearts and minds through the help and power of the Holy Spirit.

Covenantal Apologetics

The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the triune God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–who, as God, condescends to create to redeem. Having heard a lot of good things about this book and seeing a large number of recommendations in the actual book itself, I decided to check it out.

I have to be honest, I get lost in Van Til quotes and have never been able to convince myself to dive into his work. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. The book is touted as a step toward practical apologetics, from a Van-Tilian approach.

But when he gets into this one chapter where he talks about the Greek educational system it doesn’t really point to much of anything. I found the dialogs a bit too long, hard and complex to understand for a book which claims to be an easy read. Thus, every unbelieving position will necessarily have within it ideas, concepts, notions, and the like that it has taken and wrenched from their true Christian context.

He is also the co-editor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: Thus, Christianity is true and anything opposing it is false. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Aug 13, Nancy rated it really liked it. They can be confusing. He presents a cogent reasoning for changing this method of apologetics to Covenantal Apologetics and he also has some pretty interesting “dialogues” putting Covenantal apologetics into practice. Given persuasion’s centrality to a covenantal apologetic, this trivium of persuasion is practically a trivium of covenantal apologetics and therefore is a helpful way to compress the whole of Oliphint’s project.


Was he not simply, and in confrontational fashion, setting his own beliefs over against theirs? He is the author of numer Dr. May 05, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: The Theology of Ebenezer Erskine, due to be published in Therefore “Covenantal Apologetics” seeks to help people recognize that: I would recommend Bahnsen’s works if you want to dig deeper.

Our covnantal should be informed by our theology, not the other way around. However, he is weakest in that his writing can tend to appear to be a little all over the place or not holding too much relevance to the whole, especially at the beginning of a chapter.

Oliphant made an excellent argument for why we should use the term “covenantal apologetics,” as opposed to the term “presuppositional apologetics.

Oliphint feels it is time to move away from the terminology “presuppositional” and move towards a label more representative of the method itself, and one without the negative connotations that “presuppostional” enjoys. Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, Scott Oliphint presents us with an introduction to Reformed apologetics as he sets forth the principles behind a distinctly “covenantal” approach.

Oliphint served in pastoral ministry in Texas before coming to Westminster in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

My favorite insight is his “Quicksand Quotient”. We should not be frightened, then, or unduly offended or defensive if those to whom we speak thrust the burden of proof on us.

Covenantal Apologetics : K. Scott Oliphint :

Oct 17, Aaron rated covejantal really liked it Shelves: Like other reviewers, I find this term much easier to understand and makes clear our covenantal relationship to God. Although, for that matter, “apologetics” itself is a word that is a bit loaded in our common vernacular.

In this book, Oliphint discusses a number of pertinent issues in this book. Jan 13, Brian Collins rated it liked it.

Dec 04, Cris rated it it was ok.