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Cornelius Van Til Collection



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Bound Volumes, Pamphlets, Addresses, and Papers


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Title: Cornelius Van Til Collection, 1931-1983Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/303

Primary Creator: Van Til, Cornelius (1895-1987)

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Minister of the Christian Reformed Church; minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; and professor at the Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The collection includes commencement and baccalaureate addresses; sermons; a paper entitled "Common Grace"; pamphlets; and bound manuscripts entitled "Christian Apologetics," "Christian Ethics," "Christian Philosophy," "Christianity and Psychology," "Christianity in Conflict," "The Dilemma of Education," "Junior Systematics," "Metaphysics of Apologetics: Modern Ethical Theories," "The New Evangelism," "The Search for Meaning in Modern Thought," and "Special Revelation." [See also the Campus Titles Database.]

Biographical Note

Cornelius Van Til was born on May 3, 1895 in the village of Grootegast located in the province of Groningen, Netherlands. In 1905 the Van Til family immigrated to the United States, and settled on farmland in Indiana. His family became members of the local CRC, and even helped established a Christian school for the area. Like his father before him, Van Til enjoying working on the farm, however he felt that he had a greater calling.  He attended Calvin College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1922.  He went on to Princeton Theological Seminary earning his Th.B. in 1924 and Th.M. in 1925.  In the fall of 1925, Van Til married Rena Klooster. By 1927 Van Til earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

In the fall of 1927, Van Til began his first charge as pastor of the CRC in Spring Lake, Michigan. However, in the fall of 1928 he accepted a one-year appointment to serve as instructor of apologetics at Princeton Theological Seminary.  The Seminary offered to extend his appointment to a full-time faculty position. However, Van Til declined the offer and returned to his congregation in Spring Lake. He wouldn't stay long at Spring Lake because, he soon accepted another faculty position, this time at Westminster Theological Seminary.

In September 1929 Van Til became Westminster's professor of apologetics. Van Til would remain at Westminster until his retirement in 1972, but would continue to lecture another several years. In 1936 he became a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  Two years later, professor Van Til held an honorary professorship at the University of Debrecen in Hungry. He also furthered his education over the years, earning a Th.D. from University of Potchefstroom and a D.D. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary.  Another accomplishment was his assistance in establishing the Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy as well as serving as its president of the board.

At the age of 91, Cornelius Van Til died on April 17, 1987. His wife, Rena, and son, Earl preceded him in death. He was survived by his granddaughter, Sharon Reed.

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Series 2: PamphletsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 8: Barth's Christology [HERH BT78.15.V323] --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Karl Barth and Evangelism; [HERH BX4827.B3 V32] --- [1964]Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Is God Dead? --- 1966Add to your cart.
HERH BT83.5.V3
Folder 11: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: Evolution and Christ; [HERH QE707.T4 V3] --- [1966?]Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Toward a Reformed Apologetics; [HERH BT1105.V224] --- [1971?]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bavinck the Theologian [HERH BX9479.B35 V3] --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Christianity and Idealism [HERH BR115.16 .V3] --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Christian Scholar [HERH AZ103 .V3] --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Christianity in Modern Theology [HERH BT1105.V23] --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Common Grace and Witness-Bearing [HERH BT761.V312] --- 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Intellectual Challenge of the Gospel [HERH BT1105.V22] --- 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Letter on Common Grace; [HERH BT761.M27 Z3] --- [1952?]Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Paul at Athens; [HERH BS2652.V32] --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Particularism and Common Grace; [HERH BT761.V32] --- undatedAdd to your cart.

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