The Christian Worldview (3): Epistemology (a)

Books have been written on what the Bible says about epistemology, I cannot hope in a few pages to provide a comprehensive epistemology. The best book in this regard, I believe, is John Frame’s The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God: I will here highlight a few salient points of a biblical epistemology based on … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (3): Epistemology (a)

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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

The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (b)

The next step of the biblical story is the fall. We are told that, because of the Fall, all things have been subject to decay—that God’s good creation is now subject to death. Humanity especially is subject to sin—is by default living under the realm of Satan and devoted to rebellion against God. This is the … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (b)

The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (a)

The Bible begins with creation; this is a good place for us to start to delineate the Biblical Worldview. From the Bible’s view of creation we are given the heart of the Biblical worldview, the creator-creature distinction. There are two fundamental realities according to the Bible, God and His creation. Everything we can consider is … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (2): Metaphysics (a)

The Christian Worldview (1): Introduction

When we speak of the Christian Worldview, we refer to the ideal worldview—the true worldview, against which each of our individual worldviews is compared. As Christians, each of us has a Christian worldview which bears a close resemblance to but does not equal the Christian worldview. The Christian worldview, then, is the worldview God has … Continue reading The Christian Worldview (1): Introduction

Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Throughout Scripture, various motifs are given to describe the Christian life, motifs that can help us understand the way we should act as those who are called by God to be on mission in the world but not to be conformed to it (John 17:14-19). One of these motifs is two kingdoms that exist in … Continue reading Biblical Themes that Define Us (1): Two Kingdoms

Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 3: Sufficiency

Throughout Luther’s attacks on Roman doctrine, he makes his primary appeals to Scripture, enlisting the Father’s support only to show his ideas were not novel. In stark contrast, as exemplified by the Papal Bulls, his opponents considered the Fathers and Councils to be additional sources for doctrine alongside the authoritative Scriptures. Of the errors condemned … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 3: Sufficiency

Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 2: Clarity

In Luther’s eyes, his opponents believed Scripture to be obscure and unclear (Luther 1997b, 255): the Papists, writes Luther, “adhere to [the interpretation of the Fathers] and believe that in these interpretations they possess something that no one could reject, and claim again and again in order to keep us away from the pure Word … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 2: Clarity

Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 1 – Inerrancy and Authority

In the controversy that followed the posting of Luther’s 95 theses in 1517, it is readily apparent Luther and his opponents are vast distances from one another on the question of interpretive authority. Luther’s opponents agreed with him on the infallibility or inerrancy of Scripture (the nature of being free from error) and its authority, … Continue reading Luther’s Sola Scriptura Part 1 – Inerrancy and Authority

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