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There Is No Philosophical Neutrality

Quoting Greg Bahnsen:

[T]he Christian and the unbeliever do not and cannot approach their differences with argumentative and or philosophical neutrality. Even though the Christian and non-Christian have the facts of the objective world in common, they have radically divergent interpretations of them. For the Christian, all facts are pre-interpreted by God, created by God and revelatory by God; they must be handled in such a way that glory is brought to God. But the non-Christian views these facts as meaningfully interpreted only by his own mind, as uncreated and free from God’s control, as ambiguous and contingent; he uses them to bring glory to man. Hence, the Christian and non-Christian have different interpretative schemes. (Bahnsen, Greg L. Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended. McDurmon, Joel (Ed.). Powder Springs, GA. American Vision; Covenant Media Press. 2008: Pg. 89-90)

5 Responses

  1. Your story is amazing. Sounds like your life is busy and productive and you made if full circle. I would love to copy your post up there about Atheism for my FB page? Do I have your permission?

    Keep up the good work and blogging…


  2. I think understanding this point slants one’s approach more towards a methodology aligned with Presuppositional apologetics. The implication that there is no such thing as philosophical neutrality has also a devotional flavor in apologetics as well…I have been stirred to ask, “What is a Christian and Biblical view of X?” with every academic, philosophical or practical aspect of life.


  3. Today folks think that being born again encompasses all that God has for man, apart from the “ in the sweet, by and by” life to come, In truth there is a whole world of living that follows as consequence of being born again. This new kind of life into which we are born is explored about as much as the new world before Christopher Columbus did the heavy lifting of expanding our horizons; which is to say this world is not explored at all. As glorious as the born again experience is, it only gains us entrance into a life where the miraculous is to be as commonplace as the air one breathes moment by moment.

    It’s a challenge to find a more important question in all of lift than the one you’ve asked. The consequences of not getting the answer right are more far-reaching than any of us can imagine. We are not the first to ponder those matters; and what others have said in contemplation of such introspections is quite revealing. One that comes to mind is the expression: the God size void in every man. That void is where God desired to dwell cause the heavens, nor the heaven of heavens can contain him according scripture; that covers the universe and beyond, yet there’s room sufficient for him in man, his image. We are called to inherit the glory of the Lord Jesus; it comes to us with the gift of God himself. Rise and shine for your light is come and the glory that belongs God’s rises upon you. He instructs to do the things that Jesus did, just the way he did them in three years of miracle working because they were ordained before the world for your glory; to bring you renown in the earth and cause you to shine like lights. The glory of God is what he gives to us. Tough to give us himself and not his glory, his kingdom, his mind, his Spirit, his power…..all things are our; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are ours and we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. We have been given the mind of Christ to know these things that are given to us. Which the carnal man cannot see, hear, understand, nor even speak; it is unlawful for him: against the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

    2 Thessalonians 2:14—Hereunto he called you by our gospel, to obtain of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Christ the glory of God, and the glory of man are not mutually exclusive. Isaiah 46:1—To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like: (Answer: …as he is, so are we). Isaiah 40:18— 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? (Answer: …..In the likeness of man made he them, male and female…He is to be compared to his image…that’s why we have mirrors, we want to see what we are like: we are God’s mirror “image” and his word is our mirror for comparison to what we are like…made in his likeness). For thousand of years men have been making images of gods. God has turned the tables and created his own image, when he finished it was man. He lives, breathes, thinks, and does the works of God in Christ.

    2 Corinthians v.5—Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God: (v.2—to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: a building of God, an house not made with hands….. v.2-4 that mortality might be swallowed up of life while living breathing walking around.)

    None of this makes any sense to us because we really haven’t taken seriously the words of Jesus. They that believe in me. All the works that I do they shall do also, and the signs that shall identify them are summary listed. We don’t really see ourselves of whom he said if you believe, all things are possible doing these things; so the purpose for which we are called keeps eluding us.


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