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J. V. Fesko’s Reforming Apologetics — Retrieving the Classical Reformed Approach to Defending the Faith — A Critical Review

by Sam Waldron


Let us be frank. Fesko’s Reforming Apologetics is challenging for Presuppositionalists. I have been a convinced Presuppositionalist in my understanding of the defense of the faith for something over 40 years. Of course, this commitment has not been without remaining questions. Who can read Cornelius Van Til and not have questions? Who can think about Presuppositional apologetics and not ponder some very deep and difficult issues?

Part of the reason for my problem is my own education. Though I have read a good deal of philosophy over the years, I never quite finished a philosophy minor in college. A knowledge of philosophy is, as Fesko’s book itself makes clear, really helpful in discussing biblical apologetics with its unavoidable focus on epistemology. Fesko admits that Thomas Aquinas was influenced by the Aristotelian philosophy in his day. He argues that a Kantian and Idealist philosophical background was important in the formulation of Van Til’s apologetic approach.

Still, I have been convinced that Van Til’s approach embodied a commitment to the distinctives of the Reformed faith lacking in other systems. More importantly, I have found its key insights in Scripture. I am a Presuppositionalist because of my understanding of Scripture and not because of my understanding of philosophy. I found in Van Til key advances in embodying scriptural truth in Christian apologetics.

All that being said, Presuppositionalism has fallen, it seems to me, on dark days. For perhaps 50 years Presuppositionalism has been, if not the reigning system of apologetics in Reformed circles, a very popular viewpoint. Of course…..

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  1. June 8, 2020 at 5:01 am


    • June 8, 2020 at 6:16 am

      Your welcome. Thank you for including my blog in your links.

      • June 8, 2020 at 12:14 pm


  2. Me
    July 22, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    James Anderson has demolished Fesko’s caricatures

    • July 25, 2020 at 10:58 am

      Thank you for visiting this blog. Welcome! I also appreciate your interaction with one of my posts. I am not familiar with James Anderson. Also, although I did share Sam Waldron’s post, because I follow him as a Reformed Baptist, nevertheless, I hold to Classical Apologetics myself. However, I do use a Cumulative Case apologetical method in my witnessing, as I will use apologetical arguments in all fields in order to show that the unbelievers arguments are not valid.

      Maybe you can enlighten me on James Anderson.

  3. Me
    July 25, 2020 at 11:48 am

    James is an alalytic philosopher and professor at RTS. His blog, Analgogical Thoughts, can be accessed here: https://proginosko.com

    • July 26, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Thank you. I have downloaded some lecture series, in times past, from RTS. I will check him out.

  1. June 8, 2020 at 5:26 am

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