In 1953, Cecil De Boer, the editor of Calvin Seminaryâ€™s Calvin Forum published a series of articles criticizing the â€œnew apologeticâ€ of Cornelius Van Til1. Jesse De Boer2, the sharpest of Van Tilâ€™s critics in these issues, wrote a three-part series published from August to November criticizing Van Tilâ€™s use of categories borrowed from idealist philosophy. De Boer3 felt it was impossible to borrow these categories without compromising Reformed orthodoxy. The collective response in the Calvin Forum, led by Jesse De Boerâ€™s articles, has become infamous in Van Tilian circles. The character and tone, coupled with superficial critiques, have placed the August-September 1953 Calvin Forum as the forefather of a series of mischaracterizations Van Tilâ€™s apologetic system.