Those who are in the reformed circles for some time, will quickly be aware of the importance of Cornelius Van Til. And If you have dabble into various works by the students of Van Til (Frame, Oliphint, etc), you would often see them refer to this work by Van Til. However, you would quickly realised that this book was last published in the 1970s, that is until now.
P&R Publishing has very recently republished this very title, and so I eagerly picked up this book to read and review it. This book has been one of the most enlightening and thought-provoking book on common grace I have read so far. 7 to 49
K. Scott Oliphint has written an excellent forward for this book that alone is worth the price of the book. The forward is around 40 pages, which spells out clearly what the Van Til will address within the book. For any readers who intends to read this book, it is recommended that you do not skip the forward. Instead take time to read through the forward which will be a sure guide for the book.
As the readers of the book will quickly see, Van Til is addressing what he sees to be incorrect understanding of common grace by Kuyper, Dooyeweerd, Vollenhoven, Schilder and Herman Hoeksema. As compared to other writings by Van Til, this is surprisingly very readable. What one will take away from reading this book is how Van Til desires to remain faithful to the Word of God, not matter what. He is willingly to disagree when scripture shows clearly that they are wrong.
Well this book is surprisingly readable as compared to Van Til’s some other book, it can be difficult to follow at times. But for those who reflect deeply on what Van Til has written, they will benefit much from this valuable volume.
Recommended for those who wants to have a good understanding of common grace, however this book is not meant to be an introduction to those who are unfamiliar to the topic. Seminary students or avid fans of Van Til will find this volume to be extremely rewarding.
Rating: 5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review