Yesterday I had a heated gmail-chat debate with my good buddy Mikal. I love him. He always has some new crazy idea based on the latest science/physics/theory to bat around. His questions are good, and I do not plan on dealing with them here…but rather offereing a shout out to Van Til and G. H. Clark (two mad-hatters of the presuppositional apologetic).
Whence Mikal and I began to talk he started throwing out 10,000 supposed biblical inconsistencies. Fine, my worldivew can handle that. There is a cogent answer depending on how we interpret these ‘facts.’ His response on the offense was to demonstrate the need for an ‘unmoved mover’ but show that revelation is impossible because truth is subjective…humans are just too finite to get any REAL truth. So what is real Mikal? Are your mathmatical laws real? Or are they merely conventions concieved by men for the sake of averiging out probabilities and assuming uniformity. Of course science is unifrom, math is real, and both are practically helpful…but can your worldview account for their universal invariant nature?
This was where we ended…not with the age of the earth, egyptian myths, or einstein, but can your worldview account, not just count up, for the very precondictions of the knowledge you expouse? To quote a book I just finished (we all know that means I read most of it) by Clark, A Christian View of Men and Things, “The important contrast is not between Faith and Knowledge, but between Truth and Error.”
Thus we resume with the power of a true object, God, as our standard, perfect in nature, essence, and character, necessary as a being, and able to account for why laws actually act law like. The best part is, you need not be a pseudo-philosopher to use the method, just ask questions, dig deep, and point out the subjectivity/skepticism/irrationalism of other worldviews as they expose themselves as arbitrary.
I wonder if you guys have any cool stories about the power of God’s word and truth in argument? The greatest testimony to all of this ‘taking the roof off’ is that it can be done in patient love.