Using reason to establish a worldview, life-orientation, ‘religion’ or philosophy is like building a house with a wrecking ball. Or perhaps that’s too violent a metaphor. The point is reason is not a constructive tool but rather deconstructive. Reason does not construct, build or supply the thing itself: belief, idea, value, etc. Reason only deconstructs… Continue reading if reason is a wrecking ball…
Even given the doctrine of God’s self-disclosure or revelation, and given the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Scripture, Reason, Tradition and Experience)… You will never, in your lifetime, know everything about God. Or… see the doctrine of ineffability.
A true swordsman is recognised not simply by ability to swing the largest of swords with great speed and strength, but by the skill and agility to wield any sword in the best way. Likewise, the vision of God in Christian Scripture (not only in the NT – explicitly in passages like Philippians 2:5-11 –… Continue reading kenotic God
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? (Galatians 4:8-9) There is… Continue reading knowing God
Of all the theistic proofs, the cosmological argument is clearest and simplest: Whatever begins to exist has a cause. The Universe began to exist. The Universe has a Cause. A helpful deductive version is stated as follows: A contingent being (a being that if it exists can not-exist) exists. This contingent being has a cause… Continue reading logical argument
The reason coin: Theism has an idea of what a god is. It then turns to look at the world and finds its idea more or less confirmed. Atheism has an idea of what a god is. It looks at the world and finds its idea more or less unconfirmed. Theism and atheism are two… Continue reading reason coin & revealed christ
Just watched The Changeling with my wife (‘endured’ would be the term she’d use!), and really enjoyed it. There are some real gut-wrenching moments in there, which I won’t elaborate on here. One thing I found interesting was the particular (and familiar) feeling of deep satisfaction and relief I (and my wife – and anyone… Continue reading true feeling