In Van Til's Apologetic, Greg Bahnsen seeks to distill Cornelius Van Til's lifetime of defending biblical Christianity into a mere 700 pages or so. The apologetic method can be difficult to comprehend on first exposure. However, after wrestling with it a few chapters it becomes clear that the method is not complex but all too simple. So simple that some critics accuse Van Til of not dealing adequately with objections.
I penciled several pages of notes as I read. Here they are in single sentences and phrases. I hope to summarize the method after a few days of recording these nuggets.
Everyone knows/believes some things about God. The apologist's task is not intellectual convincing but to 'morally convict' the non-Christian for not owning up to the truth he can't escape.
Romans 1 shows there's no excuse for disbelieving in God. Yet some refust to reverence and obey God. "In Thy light, we see light", thus outside of God is only ignorance
When men deny having knowledge of God, their thinking and attempts to gain knowledge can be reduced to absurdity
Romans 1 teaches a 'direct revelation' of God, not a 'reasoned interpretation' based on facts
The created order is a medium of constant, inescapable, clear, pre-interpreted information about God that all men possess. But fallen man's interpretation of this revelation is not identical with the revelation itself.