Most Covenantal discussions revolve around what, precisely, is new about the New Covenant. Much ink has been spilled, and literary armies have marched forth to battle on the strength of this one word. A newer entrant to the lists has their own opinion on the matter, and believes that the newness consists in a complete distinction from the old. As one adherent of New Covenant Theology stated to me in conversation, the difference lies in “newness” and “not like”. In a sense, this is true. What we bring to bear on these words, presuppositionally, will determine what we think they …Read more
The author, Aaron Dale, at the blog “Van Tillian Fire,” has written a critique of my much-critiqued “Dear Sye” post. For reasons unbeknownst to me, he neglected to read the post of the following day, “The Shattered Stained Glass Window”, as well as the post “A Necessary Distinction.” Why is this important, you ask? It is important because these were written several months ago – and written specifically to provide specifics about issues I left unstated, or merely referred to in general terms in the initial post. Why did I leave them unstated? I left them …Read more
I have been watching, with interest, the stream of attempted rebuttal flowing from Bruce’s virtual pen today. We began the day with the assertion that yesterday’s post was a “deconstruction” of Bruce’s story. I found that odd, myself. Especially since I am the author of the post, after all. When you intentionally include such sentences as “See, Bruce doesn’t need to inflate his resume” or, ” I don’t have any concern with rewriting his story”, or even ” What is actually relevant is whether your resume has any bearing on what you actually have to say.” Now, I understand …Read more
I got a Google Alert this morning for the term “presuppositionalism.” Of course, as is usually the case, it was an atheist using the term. In this case, however, it was actually irrelevant to the entire post, as far as the author, Bruce Gerencser, is concerned. The only reference to it was a wikipedia link. I’m actually fairly sure he isn’t especially familiar with it, and that itself is unimportant. What interested me was his resume, and his testimonial. You see, the author is a pastor, and a former Calvinist pastor, to boot. Of course, he was a former …Read more
Recorded in mid-March; covers the relationship between Divine Simplicity and Systematic Theology, and goes through Ephesians 6 to emphasize the unity of the Christian life and the apologetic task. Additionally, as major examples, addresses practically all of the same subjects recently addressed on the blog, and gives a theological background for my recent comments about a variety of issues, as well as expanding on the previous episode.
On the perils of such beliefs, and examples thereof; to include C.S. Lewis, Kurt Jaros, Chris Date, William Lane Craig, and others.
In the midst of the turmoil which controversy creates, it is always refreshing to encounter an irenic, yet firm response in the midst of a variety of hasty and conjectural surmises. That irenicism was, of course, the response of Mike Robinson, who many will know from his books and posts on a variety of subjects related to apologetics. When his response was brought to my attention, I was excited to see that he had commented on the situation. Unfortunately, his post was in response only to the initial statement, which was intentionally designed to bring attention to the general …Read more
A lot of people seemed upset when I posted an encouragement and admonishment to Sye Ten Bruggencate yesterday. The fallout seems to consist of either those praising me for doing so, or vilifying me for same. I’m no stranger to controversy, obviously, so I have been watching the general trend of commentary. The fallout from my detractors, on the main, seems to have missed the central meat of the post. Sure, I mentioned several things only in general, but most of our regular readers know what I was referring to. I’ve said the same things I am saying now over …Read more
Feel free to read the whole 4 part series.
So, lets get started:
“Naturally, the same problems with any representationalist epistemology are also embedded in the representationalism found within the presuppositional system.”
Presuppositionalism runs on a revelatory epistemology, not a representationalist epistemology.
“While the Thomist would certainly agree that God is the ultimate cause of all reality other than Himself and that the universal forms …Read more