Cornelius Van Til – Natural Revelation, Special Revelation, and the Holy Spirit

11 Nov

Van Till

In paradise [Eden], supernatural revelation, that is, thought-communication on the part of God, accompanied God’s revelation in the created universe. Natural revelation therefore required supernatural revelation as its supplement even apart from the fact of sin. Even in paradise Adam had to regard all the facts of his natural environment in the light of the goal that God set for man in his supernatural revelation.

After the entrance of sin God in his grace revealed his plan of redemption for man and the universe. And it is this supernatural-redemptive revelation that we find inscripturated in the Bible. It is therefore not to depreciate natural revelation to say that it must, to be understood aright, be seen in terms of the system of truth revealed in Scripture.

And Scripture in turn cannot be seen for what it is except it be by the testimony of the Holy Spirit enabling man to see the Bible, and therewith natural revelation, in their true light.

~Cornelius Van Till~




The Defense of the Faith (Phillipsburg, NJ; P&R Publishing; 2008) p. 205.

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6 Responses to “Cornelius Van Til – Natural Revelation, Special Revelation, and the Holy Spirit”

  1. lacykitkat November 11, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Reblogged this on HE STILL SPEAKS!.

  2. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert November 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Of course I like old Van Til (surely John Frame’s mentor). But just as Frame, we must be somewhat critical of Van Til too! I am a “presuppostionalist” as to the authority of Holy Scripture, but not by Van Til’s full apologetic myself.

    • Bentley November 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

      No doubt that no one man’s theology can be taken wholesale!

      • irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert November 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

        Amen, sadly I have seen a few who have almost made Van Til into todays St. Paul…compare btw, Acts 17: 16-32 with 1 Cor. 2: 1-5. Perhaps Paul learned the hard way preaching to the pagans?

  3. mydelightandmycounsellors November 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  4. SLIMJIM November 29, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    Thank you for this

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