Saturday, August 31, 2013
Truth Requires God
Jesus is the Truth
We may differ in our judgment about what is true, but that does not affect the truth of the matter itself (Mortimer J. Adler).
The verity that absolute truth exists and that atheism lacks the ontological grounding for truth is an ontological reality. Atheists can know what is true (epistemic explanation: relating to what we know); they can know true from false. Nonetheless, atheism lacks an objective, immutable, and perfect ontic ground to account for objective immutable truths. Additionally, atheism lacks the means for atheists to know that they know immutable truths.
Ens per vernum innotescit (reality is known through the true).
To a consistent atheistic materialist, the concept of immaterial objective truth is nonsensical. It doesn’t seem to make sense to argue that immaterial objective truth comes from a material-only world; therefore, for the consistent materialist, immaterial objective truths do not exist. I will maintain that the only consistent and righteous system of thought comes from Christian theism. It is justified and it is impossible for it not to be true because Christianity supplies the necessary veracity conditions for immutable truth. Mutable materialistic atheism ultimately tumbles into epistemic nihilism.
Let us consider, first, the unchangeable God, and second, the unchanging God as the foundation of our changeful lives (Alexander Maclaren).
Atheism is impossible because it falls into absurdity inasmuch as it lacks an ontic base for its epistemic rights; it is self-befuddling. Non-theistic worldviews lead to conclusions that are incongruous with their knowledge claims. A vital question: What will supply the a priori truth conditions that make reality intelligible? The logical actuality is, without the Christian worldview, formally, nothing can make sense. The true and living God is the truth condition for the intelligibility of reality and the understanding of all human experience; He must be presupposed for one to have adequate explanatory power required for the obligatory universal operational features of human experience.
If the world were not as Scripture says it is, if the natural man’s knowledge were not actually rooted in the creation and providence of God, then there would be no knowledge… The non-Christians have made and now make discoveries about the state of the universe simply because the universe is what Christ says it is. The unbelieving scientist borrows or steals the Christian principal of creation and providence every time he says that an “explanation” is possible, for he knows he cannot account for “explanation” on his own (Greg Bahnsen).