An Update

Hey all, I have not forgotten about this blog. Life away from computers has kept me busy. While at the computer,  I have been working on other projects, like modules for theWord Bible Software. All of the works I have uploaded are in the public domain. With the exception of the Confessions, the original source for the modules is logos. These are especially dedicated those in Christ suffering financially (something I can relate to). So far I have uploaded:

The Works of David Clarkson (3 Vol) (Puritan) 1.0

The Works of John Howe (Puritan) 1.0

Confessions of the Reformed Faith 1.0

The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks (6 Vol) (Puritan) 1.0

The Works of Archibald Alexander (20 vol) 1.0

History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century (5 vol) 1.0

The Life and Times of John Calvin (2 Vols) 1.0

The John Calvin Biography Collection I. (6 Vols) 1.0

And more on the way, including Calvin’s Institutes later tonight. I have many other works to share (if I have the time and motivation), and may see what I can do about getting a portion of Van Til’s works into a module for theWord. I believe it is possible to convert these into e-Sword modules (though I have not attempted to), and of course can be copied from within theWord and converted to other formats.

Important Announcement

Greetings friends, followers, and guests,

I would like to bring attention to a little project I have been working on. I am in the process of making available, as many of Dr. Van Til’s writings as possible available in Kindle format. So far a couple have been approved, hopefully with many more to come!

Here is a link: Amazon – kindle – Cornelius Van Til

 

 

The Ten Commandments” and

Reformed Epistemology” and

The Protestant Doctrine of Scripture“and

The Will In Its Theological Relations” are available.

These are identical to the PDF’s including working links. To easily be able to read Dr. Van Til anywhere you go, is a real blessing.

Soli Deo Gloria!

How can we escape ourselves?

Hello friends, I’ve been thinking about the presupposition that “we cannot escape ourselves”. I’d like to share a few thoughts which came to mind. If I had more time, I could probably go into more detail, but this will have to do, at least for now. Please bear with the roughness of this draft. Since this is informal, let me get to the heart of the matter, assuming a working knowledge of some terms, and assuming we cannot escape ourselves….

If we cannot escape ourselves, we cannot escape autonomy, if we cannot escape autonomy, we cannot escape subjectivism, if we cannot escape subjectivism, we cannot escape personal relativism, if we cannot escape personal relativism, we can never really know anything for certain (including the existence of God)!

Despite the common experience of people making claims to knowledge, despite the fact Science which deals with phenomena outside of self operates on the assumption that we can know reality objectively, despite the fact the laws of logic are observable (in practice) outside of self and cannot be accounted for by self.

In a sense, we cannot escape ourselves; that is without the monergistic work of God in salvation, without Christ as Lord, without acknowledging God as Creator, we cannot truly escape ourselves. And yet, this is preciously a reason (not to mention total depravity) why so many non-Christians are opposed to the whole notion that we can know reality….objectively, that is reality outside of ourselves. The whole notion of objective knowledge, leads directly to God, to His authority, Theonomy (the antitheis of autonomy), the self-attesting authority of Christ (outside of self), the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture (outside of self).

However, sinful mankind suppresses the truth of God’s existence, and inconsistently, whether admitted or not, are private objectivists. People cannot and do not live out personal relativism consistently with all it’s implications as an all-encompassing epistemology. In other words, if people did not inconsistently escape themselves, how could people make meaningful knowledge claims? Have you not heard anyone say “well that may be true for you, but not for me”? How could people even trust their own senses enough to make meaningful judgments which impact everyday life? We could not, however I am comforted by the assurance that, because God created the facts, and we are made in the image of God, and in God we live and move and have our being, we can know with certainty of reality outside of ourselves.

In short, only a Christian saved by the grace of God can escape themselves, however the non-Christian also created in the image of God, borrows from the knowledge they suppress. Finally, our epistemology is compatibilistic, meaning we acknowledge some truths are personal relative, however at the same time we acknowledge other objective truth which is true outside of our existence and accurately describes reality, the way it is.

Praise God for freeing us from ourselves! Praise the Lord for His Lordship over our lives!  Praise the Lord for His “special Revelation” persevered and passed down to future generations. Praise our Triune God for making Himself known in God the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior.

Btw, I am accustomed to writing somewhat brief posts on messageboards (usually in response), and I am sorry if this has been a confusing read, and pray that someone out there, may benefit from this. Thank you for taking the time and effort. God bless and Soli Deo Gloria!