Van Til on Analogy Made Practical | Analogy Part 3

Updated: Nov 6, 2020

If you've been following Apologetics Central for some time you'll know that I take keen interest in trying to make the concepts we're working with more tangible for the everyday believer. One of the issues I tend to experience in my apologetical studies is that I feel like there's a disconnect between what I'm learning in apologetics, and in my everyday life as a Christian.

I wrote this article recently that attempts to make the difference between the univocal and analogical reasoning clearer as it occurs in our everyday lives. I want to attempt another one of these types of articles that might be of service to anyone reading here.

In part 2 we quoted Robert Reymond writing,

The Christian denies the ontological correlativity between Creator and creation. This is because fundamental to the Christian theory of reality is the Creator–creature distinction.

And in part 1 we quoted Van Til writing,

We need at this point to be fearlessly anthropomorphic. Our basic interpretative concept, the doctrine of the ontological trinity, demands of us that we should be so... Applying this to the case in hand, we would say that we are entitled and compelled to use anthropomorphism not apologetically but fearlessly. We need not fear to say that God’s attitude has changed with respect to mankind. We know well enough that God in himself is changeless. But we hold that we are able to affirm that our words have meaning for no other reason than that we use them analogically.

Now, of course, for a fuller understanding of these quotes you'll need to read part 1 and part 2, but those articles, in all honesty, aren't all that practical for the Christian. So what does analogy look like practically? I was driving home tonight from visiting my fiancé when my phone started playing a song by Sovereign Grace Music and I think it captures part 1 and part 2 sufficiently. The song is called, 'Jesus, There's No One Like You':

There is no song we could sing To honor the weight of Your glory There are no words we could speak To capture the depth of Your beauty
Jesus, there’s no one like You Jesus, we love You, ever adore You There’s no one like You Jesus, we love You, ever adore You, Lord
There is no sinner beyond The infinite stretch of Your mercy How can we thank You enough For how You have loved us completely?
All we have All we need All we want is You

God is incomprehensible and if we were left to our own devices, we wouldn't have been able to reach up to God to know Him. Yet, God reveals Himself to us in creaturely categories (divine condescension) so that we can know who He is (anthropomorphically), even though we might not know who God is exhaustively (because of the Creator-creature distinction). Hence, there is no song we can sing, no words we can speak that can capture the depth of God's beauty. Our pastor always asks the question in sermons, "Do you know who God is?". He also habitually prays that God will reveal Himself to us so that we might know who He is. Think about if for a moment. Do you know who God is? Whatever your answer, open your Bible and read because God has revealed Himself.


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