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Title: Henry Van Til Collection, 1929-1960

ID: COLL/304

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

Extent: 6.0 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


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.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: Papers
Box 10
Folder 6: Sunday School - Teachers
Folder 7: S - Varia
Folder 8: Synod (clippings)
Folder 9: Temptation
Folder 10: Theater
Folder 11: Thessalonians I and II
Folder 12: Time
Folder 13: Timothy I and II
Folder 14: Tithing
Folder 15: Titus
Folder 16: Total Depravity
Folder 17: Trinity
Folder 18: T - Varia
Box 11
Folder 1: United States of America
Folder 2: U & V - Varia
Folder 3: U & V - Varia - 24 "pocket -size" booklets on a variety of subjects
Folder 4: War
Folder 5: Weddings
Folder 6: Six journals of notes taken while a student at Westminster Seminary on theological subjects
Box 12
Folder 1: Westminster Seminary as a student Notes on Church history -. --- 1936
Folder 2
Item 1: Westminster Seminary as a student Notes a "Luke"
Item 2: Three journals of reading notes on A. Kuyper, Holy Scripture, and the Westminster Catechism
Folder 3: Westminster Seminary Student Outline of Systematic Theology
Folder 4: Women
Folder 5: Works
Folder 6: World- Worldliness
Folder 7: Worry
Folder 8: W - Varia
Folder 9: Youth
Folder 10: X - Y - Z
Folder 11: Zechariah

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