In his Reformational Theology, Gordon Spykman has a very Vantillian sounding statement regarding the fact that one must bring a biblical pre-understanding to scripture in order to interpret it correctly:
If, then, a biblical viewpoint is essential in reading the Bible aright, are we then not “locked into a hermeneutic circle”? Indeed, that is so. But that is not something uniquely Christian or evangelical or Reformed. That holds for every man – the humanist, the secularist, and the rationalist to. All men live and think and act, implicitly or explicitly, on the basis of an appeal to some normative authority. The decisive question is, Which authority? To acknowledge therefore that we are “caught” in a biblically defined hermeneutic circle is nothing else than a profound recognition of our creaturely dependence on the overarching authority of God’s Word. We cannot rise above our creatureliness to reach some supracreaturely vantage point. We cannot “get on top of things.” We stand under the very Word of God which makes theoretical reflection on it possible.
Reformational Theology, pg. 121.
That last line has the ring of VanTil’s application of the transcendental argument:
One shows that on his [the unbeliever’s] assumptions all things are meaningless. Science would be impossible; knowledge of anything in any field would be impossible. No fact could be distinguished from any other fact. No law could be said to be law with respect to facts…. Thus every fact – not some facts – every fact clearly and not probably proves the truth of Christian theism. If Christian theism is not true than nothing is true.
Cited in Greg L. Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings & Analysis, pg. 504.