Category Archives: Faith and Reason

No Royal Road to Certainty

“The root of the matter is, that there is no royal road to certainty ; no organon for the summary extinction of doubts. As much in the sphere of religion, as in the social and political domains, infallibility and perfection … Continue reading

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Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not Knowledge (?) – Part II

This morning, I’ve finally been able to read through the several very “meaty” comments from Nathaniel McCallum, Nathan G., and Jonathan Prejean on the “Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not Knowledge” thread below. There’s really quite a lot there, … Continue reading

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Trusting the Authority of Scripture Is Not “Knowledge” (?)

Many Catholic apologists make the argument that the Protestant reliance upon Scripture as the sole infallible rule of faith (sola Scriptura) is defective because it implies a previous reliance upon the authority of the Catholic Church as the “publisher” and … Continue reading

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Training the “Rudders of Your Mind”

Basil the Great on Reading Greek Literature Having recently been reading a bunch of stuff written by Van Tillians, I have to say that I find Basil much more palatable and useful.

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Two Steps Removed From Truth

A quick thought I don’t have time to expand on right now: So called “presuppositional” apologists make the centerpiece of their paradigm the doctrine of “autonomous thought” – that is, human thought that doesn’t acknowledge its dependence on the Christian … Continue reading

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A Christian Answer to the Euthyphro Dilemma

The ethical dilemma set out in Plato’s dialogue Euthyphro is either that God loves something because it is good (thereby implying that the Good is something independent of God, to which God is Himself held accountable – an unacceptable option … Continue reading

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Deny the Skepticism

The problem with self-described “presuppositionalists” – whether they are Reformed Van Tillians or Roman Catholic papal absolutists – seems to be that they accept the Enlightenment’s criteria of epistemological skepticism and then try to reconstruct epistemological certainty from scratch. Ironically, … Continue reading

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Petrarchian Antithesis

Francesco Petrarch, in so many ways the father of the Renaissance, exhibits the not uncommon Medieval tendency to recognize both the goods and the limitations of the best pagan philosophers when set next to Christian revelation: …in all these sects … Continue reading

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Augustine and the Antithesis (II)

More from Augustine showing a clearness of thought about the usefulness of “pagan philosophy” that we ourselves often don’t have: In City of God VIII.10, Augustine mentions that some people “whose education has been confined to the study of the … Continue reading

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Augustine and the Antithesis

Yet another note on the Van Tillian caricature of the Church Fathers as people who rather unfortunately did not recognize that they were “co-opting” the Faith with pagan philosophy: Augustine notes that disproving the pagan arguments about the gods’ benevolence … Continue reading

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