Van Til Tool

Using the Van Til Perspective as the tool to discover what life means and how it ought to be lived.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Check This Out.  Sounds Like a Great Idea!!

Please Note:  although participation in the discussion group is free, you do have to pay to buy the book.



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Subject: NEXT Chalcedon Book of the Month Club...



The Latest News & Information
February 12, 2017 

Our first Book of the Month discussion on February 6th was a success, and we'd love to have you join us for our next discussion on Monday, March 13th!
What's the book club all about?...

It's an Easy Way for You to Increase Your Understanding of the Great Books of R. J. Rushdoony from the Convenience of Your Home-and It's FREE!

As with any book club, you simply read each book yourself before the scheduled discussion date, and then you'll be sent an email with access information to participate in the online discussion. Each discussion leader is chosen based upon their familiarity with specific titles and subjects, and their willingness to spark conversation. The sessions will be hosted by Chalcedon's Andrea Schwartz.

Our NEXT Book of the Month Discussion is on Faith & Wellness: Resisting the State Control of Healthcare by Restoring the Priestly Calling of Doctors
Monday, March 13th at 9:00 pm (EST), 8:00 pm (CST), 6:00 pm (PST)
Led by Dr. Rhett Bergeron, Christian physician.
Get a jump start by ordering your copy of Faith & Wellness now!

Here's What's Coming in The Book of the Month Club:

April - In His Service with Tim Yarbrough
May - Larceny in the Heart with Peter Allison
June - Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum with Andrea Schwartz
July - Sovereignty with Martin Selbrede
August - The American Indian with Mark Rushdoony

...More dates to be announced!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Authorized Bio of Clark Published: Will It Clarify The Clark Versus Van Til Debate??

INTERESTED  IN  THE  CLARK/VAN TIL  DEBATE??  Well, I just learned from a leading Clarkian, Sean Gerety, that an authorized bio of Clark has been published.  I am going to read it.  Any of you who read it, please reply to this post or email me directly at and let me know what light you think it sheds on the "real" Clark and how this affects the Clark -- Van Til Debate

Here is the info from Gerety's God's Hammer Blog:

Now Available: “The Presbyterian Philosopher” – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark

Doug Douma’s bio on Clark is now available.  Read about it below…
I’m glad to announce that my book The Presbyterian Philosopher – The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark is now available for purchase!
After four years of effort researching and writing this book, I’m thrilled to see it come to publication. This book incorporates Dr. Clark’s personal letter collection, information from unpublished papers and sermons, letters from a half dozen archives, and interviews with his family, friends, and colleagues to detail the history of his life and give context for understanding his philosophy and the controversies in which he was involved.
The preface is written by Dr. Clark’s two daughters, Lois A. Zeller and Betsy Clark George. Endorsements for the book are from John Frame, Jay Adams, Kenneth Gary Talbot, D. Clair Davis, David J. Engelsma, William Barker, Erwin Lutzer, Frank Walker, Dominic Aquila, and Andrew Zeller.
Please contact me if you would like to review the book in your journal, or desire to interview me regarding the book for your newspaper, blog, podcast, or radio program.
Soli Deo Gloria,
-Douglas J. Douma

Book Details:
Douma, Douglas J.
The Presbyterian Philosopher
Wipf and Stock
ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-0724-0
Retail Price: $37
Pub. Date: 1/24/2017



Thursday, January 12, 2017



       When I was in high school there was a popular song which began with this lament:

"You keep me waitin' 'til it's gettin' aggravatin':  You're a slowpoke!

This was followed by several similar lines until it finally concluded with this resignation:

"Why should I keep trying to change you; it's not the thing to do!  Guess I'll have to learn to be a slowpoke too !!"

I was reminded of this song a few days ago when I was reminiscing about a saying I frequently heard in sermons at a church I used to attend:  "God is not in a hurry!".  It suddenly hit me -- that song applies to God when you come to realize that He is not in a hurry!  That is, in many respects He is -- or seems to us to be -- a Slowpoke.  Whenever God is a slowpoke we should not try to change Him but rather we should try to be a slowpoke too!  

Something to think about.



Monday, November 21, 2016



by R. J. Rushdoony

"We can all provide a catalogue of things wrong with our lives and the world. Thanksgiving is a time when we must forget these things to remember God's mercies."

The origin of Thanksgiving is in the harvest festival of the Old Testament. The early American celebration was a self-conscious adoption of the Old Testament observance together with many other things. Throughout the year, the Hebrews constantly were summoned to thank God for His mercies and blessings. Many Psalms resound with thankful praise, especially Psalm 136: "O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever."

Today our tendency is to thank God only for His blessings. Our attitude too often is, no blessings, no thanks. In effect, we say, "What have you done for us lately, God?" In Scripture, the central aspect of thanksgiving is gratitude for God's mercy. Every verse of Psalm 136 concludes with the words "for his mercy endureth for ever"; twenty-six times this refrain is sounded.

"Mercy" was once a popular name for girls; the Puritans delighted in God's merciful nature and celebrated it. We speak little of God's mercy now. Apparently we feel that we deserve everything He gives and more.

But Scripture tells us that we are the objects of God's mercy in Jesus Christ. Mercy is so important that it is stressed in the Beatitudes: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7).

Psalm 85:10 tells us, "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Mercy is linked to truth, righteousness (or, justice) and peace. Obviously, mercy is very important in our sight. We neglect it at our peril.

We all have our problems; certain things oppress and trouble us. We can all provide a catalogue of things wrong with our lives and the world. Thanksgiving is a time when we must forget these things to remember God's mercies.

 Taken from A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Vol. 5 p. 136f. Get this book now and SAVE 30% during our Year-End Sale!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016



By  Forrest  W.  Schultz

An  Expression  of  My  Thanks  For  This  Recently  Published  Book:

Marianne Wright, Ed. The Gospel In George MacDonald (Plough, 2016

                                        $18.00   340pp   ISBN: 978087486-66-4

     Approximately fifty years ago I had the opportunity to peruse a large number of issues of The Bulletin of The New York C.S. Lewis Society.  Of all the articles I read then, the only one whose specific content I still remember was the one showing the strong influence of George MacDonald upon the fantasy stories of    C. S. Lewis.  Its very appropriate title designated George McDonald as “The Founder of The Feast”.

     A brief, but powerful, discussion of this is found the chapter on C. S. Lewis in the “Appreciations” section of the book noted above.  Quotations from Lewis there specifically note the profound influence MacDonald had upon his fantasy.  The quotations clearly indicated that MacDonald can be rightly designated as The Founder of the Feast of fantasy stories written by C. S. Lewis.  Showing this is my purpose in writing this, which is therefore not a review in the normal sense of the term.

     This book is also useful in clearly showing – in its main section – MacDonald’s Christian world-view, not only in his fantasy stories but also in his Scottish novels, his sermons, and his letters, exact quotes from which are provided.

     I wish to thank Plough Publishing for the emails they periodically send out, through which learned of this book, and its Editor, Maureen Swinger, for providing me with a copy of the book.   




Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Serious Call For The Rescue of Today's Children

Wednesday, July 20, 2016




Those of us who are vantillians appreciate how helpful the Van Til Perspective is in understanding the Biblical world-view and how it contrasts with the various Humanist philosophies and other non-Christian philosophies.  I just learned last week in a recently published article that approximately forty years ago that the author of this article visited Van Til and asked him why he had devoted his life to philosophy and apologetics.  He said that Van Til replied:  "to protect Christ's little ones".  I had never heard this before, and I find it quite striking and poignant.  Rather than say anything more about this, I would like to ask you to meditate upon it  -- it affords a little known side of Van Til, and it indicates the great importance of the Van Til Tool!

This article, titled "To Protect Christ's Little Ones" was written by Dr. Allen Guelzo, a professor at Gettysburg College, and published in the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of  Cairn Magazine, which is an excerpt of the article he originally published at  on November 13, 2015.