Muether on Van Til: A Review

It is hard to overstate the influence of Cornelius Van Til on confessional and conservative Reformed theology since the early 20th century. I’ll use myself as an an example because I think that what I experienced is fairly representative of what others . . . Continue reading →

New: Anselm Of Canterbury For Children

Too often modern evangelicals, especially since the middle of the 19th century, have tended to view the medieval church not so much as part of the great stream of the history of the church but as an exception. Evangelicals may know the . . . Continue reading →


Bob Clark was a big man, who took big steps, because he had a big heart. He was born in 1937, in Kansas City. Grandpa, Grandma, and Dad moved around quite a bit in the early years as Grandpa worked for IBM. . . . Continue reading →

Who Was Thomas Reid and Why Does His “Common Sense” Philosophy Still Matter? (Part 1)

Thomas Reid (1710–1796) is best known as the founder and principal philosopher of “common sense,” or more properly, “Scottish Common Sense Realism” (SCSR). Reid was highly respected and quite influential in the days of the eighteenth-century Scottish Enlightenment, but the popularity of . . . Continue reading →

Thomas Reid’s Common Sense Philosophy Part 2: On First Principles

The great conundrum faced by philosophers since time immemorial is the question “how do we know what we know?” This question falls under the subcategory of philosophy known as epistemology. Those who contend that all human knowledge arises through our senses are . . . Continue reading →

Thomas Reid’s Common Sense Philosophy Part 4: The Decline of SCSR

Although more influential during his lifetime than Hume, one question lurking throughout this discussion is why Reid and SCSR fell into such relative obscurity so quickly if common sense is self-evident? The obvious reason is that Reid’s Inquiry was completely overshadowed soon . . . Continue reading →

Thomas Reid’s Common Sense Philosophy Part 5: The Implications for Doing Apologetics

I hope that the points which follow will serve to place Reid, and by implication, Old Princeton, in a more objective and favorable light, and as a consequence, help Reformed Christians recover confidence in the proper use of Christian evidences when engaging . . . Continue reading →