Equally important, if not more so, is the debate over whether one who follows the apologetic method of Cornelius Van Til is properly labeled Van Tilian or Van Tillian. Here I offer three arguments for the former. Taken together these arguments surely provide a decisive answer to this longstanding dispute.
1. Argument from Statistics
Standard Google searches for the relevant phrases turn up the following counts:
- VanTilian — about 1,600 results
- Van Tilian — about 11,600 results
- Combined — about 13,200 results
- VanTillian — about 4,760 results
- Van Tillian — about 7,970 results
- Combined — about 12,730 results
The winner, by a nose: Van Tilian.
2. Argument from Analogy
- Brazil → Brazilian
- Civil → Civilian
- Virgil → Virgilian
- Van Til → Van Tilian
3. Argument from Parsimony
“Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity.” (William of Ockham)
A second L is obviously unnecessary, therefore: Van Tilian.