Edgar’s piece in Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics, was a very eye opening read for me. Particularly because unlike many apologists he has a keen sense of what’s happening in France. Partly due to the time he and his wife spent there as missionaries. I’ve seen Edgar argue in other places that Post-Modernity may not be as culturally influential as its being made out to be. Here again Edgar unfolded his reasons why he thinks this way, due largely to what he calls “modest humanisms'” rise in France. So many things were interesting about his article, one could also add how he raised and answered the question, “What would Van Til say in response to Post-Modernity?”

But what I found most valuable about Edgar’s piece was the humility present in its closing. Humility that marks him in life as a teacher, as well as a cultural apologist (as a former student I can attest to this). Listen to Edgar speak about Clifford Geertz opinion of the Cowen’s book Creative Destruction;

“Geertz is asking for language that helps us make sense of the world in order to guide us through it. Pure economics only makes us complacent. What would take the higher ground? A Christian apologetics well steeped in the scholarship before and after the postmodern turn. Solid grounding in biblical theology. And to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Mal. 6:8). These are qualities that characterize Reformed apologetics at its best. But so far, we have been far better at asserting the principles, and applying them to older battles, than at developing a sense of the cultural issues of today and vindicating the gospel in the face of them.” pg. 257

“…developing a sense of the cultural issues of today and vindicating the gospel in the face of them.” This, it would appear, is the real labor of Reformed apologetics (a.k.a. Van Tillian Presuppositionalism). Not to immediately start talking like we have the answers to the cultural issues  of today but rather in a more rudimentary manner begin to develop a “sense of the cultural issues of today” in order that we could vindicate “the gospel in the face of them.”