Van Til On the Historicity of Genesis

“It is only if we do take this [Genesis] narrative as historical that a sound theology can be maintained. Adam’s sin was the willful transgression of man to the known revelation of God. If we deny the historicity of the Genesis narrative, we shall be compelled to reduce man’s responsibility for sin so drastically that nothing remains of it. Man’s ‘sinfulness’ is then virtually identified with ‘fate.’ Accordingly such theologians…who virtually reduce the Genesis narrative to the status of myth, find themselves compelled to deny also the historic Christian views of sin, of Christ, and of the atonement.” Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith, p. 300.


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