Thom Notaro is famous in his own right among the Westminster Theological Seminary student body in Philadelphia. Famous largely for his ability to make the somewhat cryptic and cumbersome writing of Van Til on the nature of apologetics approachable and intelligible. Well Notaro has done it again with his contribution in Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics. Here’s Notaros’ brief explanation of the nature of apologetics;

“The covenantal context of apologetics clarifies the persons involved in any apologetic encounter and, implicitly, their roles. There is the clearly revealed covenant Lord, opposed by the covenant-breaker. The apologist, in himself a covenant-breaker, is now by grace Christ’s ambassador, with a ministry of reconciliation. Though apologetics is ostensibly an encounter between believer and unbeliever, it is more importantly an encounter between covenant Lord and covenant-breaker. The object of apologetics is to reintroduce people to the God they refuse to see, in places they refuse to see him. We live and move and have our being not in a random, impersonal environment. There is a basis for human person-hood and dignity, for purpose and value, for beauty and creativity, for love and community, for unity and diversity – the tripersonal God (LC 9-11) who is there, and here, and in whose image we are made (17). Apologetics is about inviting people to look into the face of this absolute, personal God. It dares them to see him for who he i and what he means for the world. It calls them to meet the Creator and covenant Lord on his holy and gracious terms.”

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