Without Excuse


The twentieth century was unkind to classical Reformed theology. While theological conservatives often blame liberals for undermining traditional Protestant doctrines, the staunchest conservatives and neo-Orthodox also revised several key doctrines. Although Cornelius Van Til developed presuppositional apologetics as an attempt to remain faithful to timeless Christian truth as the Reformed tradition expresses it, he sacrificed the catholic and Reformed doctrine of natural revelation in the process.

“The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made . . . so that they are without excuse,” writes the Apostle Paul. Without Excuse seeks to grapple with this indictment and show how Van Til’s presuppositionalism fails as an account of natural revelation in light of Scripture, philosophy, and historical theology. It argues that these three sources speak with one voice: creation reveals itself and its God to the believer and unbeliever alike.

Paperback. xii + 320 pp. $23.95.



1 The Bible, Verification, and First Principles of Reason  M. Dan Kemp
2 Faith and the Natural Light of Reason   Kurt Jaros
3 The Place of Autonomous Human Reason and Logic in Theology   John DePoe
4 The Structure of Knowledge in Classical Reformed Theology: Turretin and Hodge   Nathan Greeley
5 Moderate Realism and the Presuppositionalist Confusion of Metaphysics and Epistemology   J. T. Bridges
6 Presuppositions in Presuppositionalism and Classical Theism   Winfried Corduan
7 Presuppositionalism and Philosophy in the Academy   Thomas Schultz
8 The Use of Aristotle in Early Protestant Theology   Manfred Svensson
9 The Use of Aquinas in Early Protestant Theology   David Haines
10 Classical Theism and Natural Theology in Early Reformed Doctrines of God   J. Andrew Payne
11 Van Til’s Transcendental Argument and Its Antecedents   John R. Gilhooly
12 A Tale of Two Theories: Natural Law in Classical Theism and Presuppositionalism   Bernard James Mauser
13 The Hand in the Glove: How Classical Theism Reconciles Itself to the Trinity   Travis James Campbell