If you find yourself continuously chewing on systematic theology, reading analytical Bible commentaries, or burying yourself in pre-modern philosophy books, you have probably found out by now that you're an outlaw. The 21st century evangelical Church can be a dangerous place to use one's mind, and this becomes abundantly clear when questions like, "Man, why … Continue reading Killing Reason: The Danger of Thinking in an Age of Thoughtlessness
Many presuppositionalists would agree that the theistic proofs as historically articulated by the classical Christian theists are just fine so long as they are used "within the context of the entire system of doctrine revealed by God in the Scriptures." But what does this mean? How does, for example my presentation of the cosmological argument differ … Continue reading Classical Argumentation “Within the Context of Christian Doctrine”?
The conscience of this position is that here too we meet with the same basic alternative between Christian and non-Christian methodology. As Christians we hold it to be impossible to interpret any fact without a basic falsification unless it be regarded in its relation to God the Creator and to Christ the Redeemer. On the … Continue reading Van Til’s “True Knowledge” & Classical Apologetics
Excerpt from Van Til's Apologetic, by Greg Bahnsen: Yet we must recognize the truth contained in the contention that there is a general consciousness of man. We can do this first of all by recognizing that there once was such a consciousness. We must go back to the Adamic consciousness as being the fundamentally human consciousness. We … Continue reading What’s So Wrong With Classical Apologetics?
Everything has an explanation. Contingent things have explanations independent of themselves. God is His own "explanation" because He is necessary Being. An explanation is that which accounts for the existence of something or the description of the precondition(s) for a particular state of affairs. Rocks have explanations; shirts have explanations; tables have explanations; coffee has … Continue reading The Explanation of Knowledge and the Act of Knowing