I like RC Sproul but I don’t love him. This is more of a vibe I get from his style and emphasis but I tend to view him as a precursor to new Calvinism with his skepticism of presuppositional apologetics. ….
Even this video, I just think he walks a fine line between the pilgrim and the blind image bearer like there is more middle ground than the Bible speaks to….
Also, I think he misrepresents what CVT believed regarding the Presuppositional position. Why can’t you start with the presupposition of the God of the Bible as the starting point? How could we do any other?
I believe RC has a low view of the authority of scripture in his apologetical approach.
I don’t believe history and nature is enough to compel somebody toward belief. Especially today….. The history surrounding Jesus is sound but it’s most vividly conveyed via Scripture. I reject Sproul’s distinctions/compartmentalizations. Calvinism can never stand on hip intellectualism. Start with scripture, Jesus our Savior, God our Creator, and man the fallen image bearer.
All that is a bit over my head, but doesn't the Westminster Confession say that the light of nature is sufficient to demonstrate the condemnation of all men under sin, but that only supernatural revelation is sufficient for salvation?
I am a fan of Presuppositional Apologetics, so obviously I disagree with Sproul's Classical Apologetics. However, he was actually one my all time favorite theologians, mainly because I learned so much about Reformed theology from him. When New Calvinism first came on the scene, Conservative Reformed and Calvinist theologians and pastors such RC Sproul liked what he saw, because he was seeing younger people interested Reformed Theology. RC Sproul of course had some warning, as did other older Reformed pastors about their direction. He continued to encourage them for a while, however after a while he and people like John MacArthur, started speaking out against them; mainly because New Calvinists had redefined what Calvinism is. Many of the New Calvinists were Charismatics and started to see false teachers involved in the organization. The movement is all but diminished now and many of the people who were involved in the movement have gone woke. Some of them, have personally gone against John MacArthur and Ligonier ministries for their strong stand against the Social Justice Movement and MacArthur's 'Strange Fire Conferences', of which if memory serves me, RC Sproul was involved in at least one of them a few years before he went to be with the Lord.