The Metaphysics of Cornelius Van Til


Cornelius Van Til was a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary for 43 years.  This piece attempts to give a more colorful visual reference for his metaphysical views regarding Christian theism.

“Van Til . . . always taught that a Christian worldview should be represented by two circles (for Creator and creature), clearly distinct from one another, with the larger one (representing God) on top.

— John Frame, Cornelius Van Til:  An Analysis of His Thought, (Phillipsburg, NJ:  Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1995), p. 27.

Here is my attempt to show Van Til’s “Creator-Creature” distinction in paint.  As a visual learner, creating art about esoteric philosophical concepts helps me learn and remember them.

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  1. Hi Scarlett – how fascinating … wonderful to read about and then to see your creations – almost stained glass like … so glad you’re enjoying the course, and sharing some of it with us – cheers Hilary

    • Thanks so much, Hilary. I can only imagine what it must be like to hop over here to my site as a long time viewer. Once, it was only one forlorn drawing after the next, and now onto such academic minutiae! You are a sweetheart to put up with such bizarre variety over this span of time (now 5 years?) . I’ll be over to visit soon!

  2. Sasha hedges

    How did you keep the paint in such a perfect circle, without going over the edges?? Did you cut the circles out afterwards? Really love this! X

    • Hi Sasha,
      I used a stencil to keep the paint in the circle. But your idea of cutting it out afterwards would work, too! Thanks so much, have a blessed day!

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