“The point is this. The natural man in all his interpretative efforts seeks to suppress the revelational content that comes to expression round about and within him. But in spite of and by means of his efforts at suppression the revelational display of truth proceeds to develop. Accordingly a great deal of truth about the facts and laws of the universe has been brought to light by those who love not God. And as Christians we may and should make grateful use of truth from whatever source it springs because ultimately all truth springs from God.” – Van Til from the article Reply to Professor J. Vanden Bosch
So the next time a person comments to the effect of “Van Til or presuppositionalists deny that non-Christians can know anything, that’s absurd” point them to this quote from Dr. Van Til, and more importantly the verses from Scripture below.
Romans 1:18 “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” NKJV