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Henry Van Til Collection

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ID: COLL/304

Primary Creator: Van Til, Henry (1906-1961)

Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Minister of the Christian Reformed Church and professor of Bible at Calvin College. Papers consisting of addresses; class lectures; correspondence, 1944-1960; sermons; a manuscript, entitled 'The Calvinistic Concept of Culture'; student notes; outlines; and various copies of the periodical Perspectives.

Detailed Notes:

The papers of Henry Van Til were received in late 1980 from his widow, Elizabeth.  They consist of some five and one-half feet of shelf space in twelve (12) Hollinger boxes.

Highlights of his collection include the following:

* Manuscripts of his addresses, given from 1940-1961

* Material of his college courses in Bible while he served as Associate Professor of Bible at Calvin College from 1946-1961

* Outlines and notes of courses taken at Calvin Seminary under Professors C. Bouma, G. Stob, S. Volbeda, and M. Wyngaarden

* Articles and talks given while he was Army chaplain (undated)

* Correspondence with Prof. Dooyeweerd of the Free University of Amsterdam

* Several of his Dutch sermons

* Outlines and notes of classes in philosophy under Prof. Dooyeweerd of the Free University

* Articles on and by Abraham Kuyper, 1895-1957

* Manuscript of his own book The Calvinistic Concept of Culture

* Clippings on a wide range of topics from Mohammedanism to psychiatry

* Quotes from CRC ministers on Calvinism and the church, taken during the period between WWI and WWII

* English language sermons

* Two folders on the subject of sin

* Outlines and notes of courses taken at Westminster Seminary, including those with his uncle, Dr. C. Van Til

Biographical Note

Henry Van Til was born 28 September 1906, in Griffith, Indiana.  He studied at Ferris Institute in Big Rapids and at Calvin College, receiving his AB degree from the latter school in 1934.

For the next two years he studied at Westminster Seminary but completed his seminary training at Calvin Theological Seminary in 1937.  He then returned to Westminster for two more years receiving a Master of Theology degree in 1940.  After being ordained to the ministry, he served the Sumas, Washington, Christian Reformed Church for three years.  Feeling called to the Army chaplaincy, he left Sumas and served as chaplain until the end of the war.

Post-war years found him at the University of Chicago briefly, but for fifteen months at the Free University of Amsterdam where he studied theology and philosophy under Professor Dooyeweerd.

In 1946 he became associate professor of Bible at Calvin College where he remained until his death in 1961. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth née Zandstra, and their seven children.

While at Calvin he served as president of the Calvinistic Culture Association in 1955, as well as vice-president of the Evangelical Ministerial Union in Grand Rapids.  He was a charter member of the Reformed Fellowship, Inc., serving on the Board for several years.  He was also book-review editor of the Reformed Fellowship's paper, Torch and Trumpet.  In 1959 he completed a scholarly book, entitled The Calvinistic Concept of Culture (in this collection) which received considerable attention in many periodicals.


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Series 2: PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dooyeweerd.  Attempt by friends to collect money for himAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Dutch readers --- 1953-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Dutch Sermons by HVTAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ecumenical Synod --- 1949-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Evangelical Theological Society --- 1950-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Family: personal materialAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Ferris Institute Yearbook for.  See pgs. 32, 79. 81, 82, 84, 90 --- 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Ferris Institute Yearbook for.  See pg. 76 --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Class notes under Dooyeweerd.  No datesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: History of Philosophy syllabusAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Philosophy SyllabusAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Philosophy SyllabusAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Philosophy SyllabusAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Interpretative Reading notesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: R.B. Kuiper articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: A. Kuyper articlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Living Non-Christian Religious Lives.  Manuscript of HVT book: "The Calvinistic Concept of Culture."Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Masonry --- 1945-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Ministers, Message contentAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: MiraclesAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Missions American IndianAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Missions MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: MohammedanismAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: MormonismAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: MoviesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Nature (clippings)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: NegroAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: NetherlandsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Netherlands - America - Foundation Papers --- 1954-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 10: New YearsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Notes on various booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes on various booksAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Old Age and Olden DaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Old YearsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: O-VariaAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: PalestineAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Papers on philosophical and religious subjects by HVTAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: PaulAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: PersecutionAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Peter - Man & Book I and IIAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PhilippiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: PragmatismAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: PredestinationAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: PremillenialismAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: PresbyterianAdd to your cart.

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