The Moral Act of Reading: A Response to Deconstructionism

In the late 19th century, Friedrich Nietzsche captured in striking words the chaos into which the 20th and 21st century world would be plunged, writing in his The Gay Science¸ What were we doing when we unchained this earth from its sun? Where is it moving to now? Where are we moving to? Away from … Continue reading The Moral Act of Reading: A Response to Deconstructionism

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Luther Against the Neo-Orthodox on Inerrancy

Many modern interpreters debate Luther’s doctrine of inerrancy: they argue that Luther held a position later associated with Neo-orthodoxy (e.g., Karl Barth). Luther, it is said, did not hold to a view of verbal-plenary inspiration nor of an inerrant text. For Luther, it is claimed, the form of Scripture was not inerrant and authoritative: inerrancy … Continue reading Luther Against the Neo-Orthodox on Inerrancy

Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 2

[Continued from Part 1, here.] As an example of the significance of limiting concepts, let us first consider the Trinity. God has given us in Scripture adequate attestation that our reasoning is trustworthy and presupposed in Scripture and human reason is the law of non-contradiction (something cannot be P and not-P at the same time in the same … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 2

Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 1

What do we do when our logic seems to befool us? when we run the numbers, check the math, yet we are left with unresolved contradictions? In philosophy and biblical studies, this comes up a lot: the perennial response to the doctrine of the Trinity is the accusation of bad math—how can God be both … Continue reading Limiting Concepts and Biblical Logic – Part 1

The Irrational Rationality of Postmodernism

Have you experienced that awkward situation in which, having just presented the good news of Jesus Christ, the man or woman on the other side the table says something like, "I see, I understand how much that truth means to you, but it is not for me"? In this situation the absolute truth claims of … Continue reading The Irrational Rationality of Postmodernism

Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

I will make a confession: I hate libraries. Yes, I am a master’s student who has worked in libraries for 6 years; yet I hate them. I don’t hate them for their tranquil silence; for the inconsistent temperature the John Richard Allison library always seems to have; or even for the heretical, destructive, damaging, horrible, … Continue reading Why I Hate, Detest—Yes, Even Abhor—Libraries

The Epistemological Necessity of Tri-unity

  I have been thinking a lot about the Trinity recently, one of the fruits of this labour is a new paper I just posted on Academia.edu. In this paper, I argue that self-knowledge requires three points of reference--the self who is knowing (subject), something to see onself in (an external object), and a standard … Continue reading The Epistemological Necessity of Tri-unity

An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Originally published posthumouly in 1779, David Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Theology sounded the death knell for natural theology. Natural theology was the attempt to discern the character and existence of God from creation alone, apart from revelation. Addressing arguments from the appearance of design in the world (a posteriori), what is now called the cosmological arguement (a priori), … Continue reading An Outline of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

Can someone who rejects God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture be consistently rational? Cornelius Van Til, a 20th century Christian apologist and theologian, frequently demonstrated the inherent irrationalism of all non-Biblical worldviews. One of his students, John Frame, has applied this insight to many of the major philosophical thinkers and movements of western … Continue reading The Irrationalism of Rational Thought

The Co-Inherence of Authority, Inerrancy and Trustworthiness

[This accompanies this post] Wait a second, you may be thinking, you are fallaciously connecting ideas that are not necessarily connected: is authority really so connected to inerrancy? Yet, are they not? Let us ask ourselves, what do we mean when we call Scripture ‘authoritative’? We are affirming, with all of the writers of Scripture … Continue reading The Co-Inherence of Authority, Inerrancy and Trustworthiness