From his books to the chalkboard, R.C. Sproul communicated the deep things of God in an accessible way. When asked what the core of his legacy was all about he exclaimed, “Classical Theism!” But Sproul’s commitment to classical theism was foundational to his defense of the faith as well, which explains why Sproul was so committed to classical apologetics.
Why did Sproul move away from Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics to classical apologetics instead? Matthew Barrett and Stephen Nichols go back in time to trace Sproul’s journey. Along the way, Nichols, who knew Sproul as a friend, shares personal stories to help clarify the heartbeat of Sproul’s legacy.
Stephen J. Nichols is president and professor of apologetics at Reformation Bible College, chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow. Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. in apologetics from Westminster Theological Seminary and is the author of more than thirty books, including his recent release R.C. Sproul: A Life (Crossway).
Matthew Barrett is the author of Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Baker). He is the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine and host of the Credo podcast. He is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.