K. Scott Oliphint


Apologetics

Rev. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is dean of faculty and professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Oliphint’s academic interests include Cornelius Van Til’s apologetics, the relationship between Christian apologetics and philosophy, and the doctrine of God. For those who are new to Dr. Oliphint’s writing and teaching on his research interests, he recommends several resources as places to start. On Van Tillian apologetics, he would recommend starting with his books Covenantal Apologetics or The Battle Belongs to the Lord, or the introductory video “Our Theology in Our Apologetics.” On Christian apologetics and philosophy, consider starting with Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology, or his online post “Aquinas: A Shaky Foundation.” Concerning the doctrine of God, consider starting with his course Doctrine of God available free online from Westminster, or reading his book God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God.

Education

  • PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1994
  • ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1984
  • MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1983
  • BS, West Texas State University, 1978

Church Ministry

Dr. Oliphint is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC).

Teaching and Professional History

  • Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1991–present
  • Pastoral ministry, Texas, 1984–1991

Courses

  • Introduction to Apologetics (AP101)
  • Principles of Christian Apologetics (AP213)
  • Reformed Objection to Natural Theology (AP703)
  • The Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til (AP721)
  • The Problem of Knowledge and Christianity (AP883)
  • Philosophy for Theologians (AP931)
  • Warrant and Christian Epistemology (AP963)
  • Doctrine of God (ST113)
  • Issues in Theology Proper (ST791)
  • The Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas (ST944)

Memberships

  • Society of Christian Philosophers
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society

Other Online Resources