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Podcast Throwback: Why did R.C. Sproul think Classical Theism was his legacy?

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? In this episode 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.

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine, director of the Center for Classical Theology, and host of the Credo podcast. He is professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity, which won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. His new book is called The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

Stephen J. Nichols

Stephen J. Nichols (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College, Chief Academic Officer of Ligonier Ministries, and a Ligonier Teaching Fellow. He has written over twenty books, including A Time for Confidence and The Legacy of Luther. He also hosts the podcasts 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book.

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