Tag Archive for reason

Discussion

One thing I’ve noticed about discussions, and especially online discussions: some people tend to think that they can simply tell you that you are wrong and that is all of the proof that they need. Sometimes a person presents a positive assertion and declares that they are correct, yet they fail to prove their point. The problem with this probably comes from the fact that we live in a sound byte culture. The reality is that one cannot (using Twitter for an example) disprove the existence of God in 140 characters or less. Neither can one prove the existence of God in that amount of space. The best way to have a discussion is to work point by point through an issue. Once a person posts a blog or an article, then rebuttals can use that same post as an outline so that their thoughts will be organized and the issues can be addressed point by point in an orderly fashion. To simply tell someone, “I’ve already shown you how wrong you are”, when one has truly only presented an opinion, is useless and often inflammatory. Good discourse means that we abstain from name calling, straw men, red herrings and other [...]

Reason And Scripture

he “reasoned … from the Scriptures” (v. 2). That Paul “reasoned” is something the evangelical church especially needs to hear today since we have a tendency to denigrate reason. We say, sometimes on supposedly theological grounds, “If the Holy Spirit is the one who has to bring men and women to faith, then it doesn’t matter whether we give them reasons for what they are supposed to believe. The only thing we have to do is proclaim the Scriptures, that is, just quote Bible verses to them.” It is better to quote Bible verses than do nothing at all, and it is better to quote Bible verses than the sayings of mere men, however valuable they may be. But quoting is not all Paul did. He told people to think about a verse, think about what it says, think about what it implies, think what it says about Jesus. Boice, James Montgomery. Acts: An Expositional Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1997. Exposition of Acts 17:1-15 Scripture itself calls us to reason as well as believe the truth. ““Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though [...]

Humpty Dumpty And Liberal Theology

“Through The Looking Glass” has an interesting exchange between Humpty Dumpty and Alice. Humpty Dumpty tells Alice, There’s glory for you!’ ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory,”‘ Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”‘ ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument,”‘ Alice objected. ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you CAN make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’ Carroll, Lewis (2009-10-04). Through the Looking-Glass (Kindle Locations 874-876). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition. ‘I read it in a book,’ said Alice. ‘But I had some poetry repeated to me, much easier than that, by—Tweedledee, I think it was.’ ‘As to poetry, you know,’ said Humpty Dumpty, stretching out one of his great hands, ‘I can repeat poetry as well as other folk, if it comes to that—’ ‘Oh, it needn’t come to that!’ Alice hastily said, hoping to keep him from beginning. ‘The piece I’m going [...]

John Piper on Calvinism and Logic

John Piper recently addressed how Calvinism and logic relate. His article specifically addresses how he appreciates G.K. Chesterton’s writing in spite of some significant theological differences. One of those is an appreciation of Calvinism. See the excerpts below, but then go on and read the whole article at Desiring God Blog. What About Logic? It [...]

Logic, Reason, and the Scriptures

On his site, What Is Truth?, a KJV Only pundit presented a rather lopsided perspective on the King James Only position being “the only logical position to take on the English Bible today.” He made it very plain that any other position is inferior to his own. He continues, “Yes. Any other position is illogical.” [...]