Van Til on Scripture and the Mind of God

I was wondering where Van Til’s quote might be found? I have read a lot of Van Til and have yet to read anything like that. Which isn’t to say that he didn’t, but it certainly is surprising. If anything, Van Til transcendental argument establishes the inspiration and authority of the Bible as divine revelation. So does his hermeneutic. Importantly, Van Til heartily believed that the Bible corresponded with the Divine Mind. In terms of “analogy” Van Til did affirm that human beings reason “analogically” meaning that we are an analog of God’s thoughts revealed to us. No thought is independent of God’s, and our thoughts are not new. No human has a thought that hasn’t already been thought of in the mind of God.
A couple of quotes:
“God’s knowledge is archetypal and ours ectypal. If we realize this fact that God is the original and man is the derivative, we may safely apply the way of eminence and the way of negation. We need not fear that we shall reach an empty concept or that our knowledge will be subjective. Our attempts to say something about God then have back of them the original fact that God has said something about himself.” (Van Til, Introduction to Systematic Theology, 203)
“All his knowledge [ie. man’s – IHC] is analogical of God. God is the original knower and man is the derivative re-knower. Man knows in subordination to God; he knows as the covenant-keeper.” (Ibid., 167)
Speaking of God’s revelation in nature as sufficient to know God: “Full acceptance of these presuppositions [ie. the ontological Trinity, creation ex nihilo, man created imago Dei – IHC] requires us to think of the whole created universe as clearly revelatory of God…There can be no other facts than such as speak clearly of God and therefore of God’s claims upon man. Every fact speaks of God and speaks of him in the imperative as well as in the declarative voice.” (Ibid., 114)
Having established prophecy as a form of divine special revelation he said, “All these modes of prophecy were the beginnings of the work of the Great Prophet upon whom the Spirit would dwell without measure, who was himself the Word become flesh and who declared the Father unto us.” (Ibid., 127)


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