Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Presuppositional apologetics

In today's lecture we first reviewed foundationalism and its problems. I was grateful for the student feedback that yesterday's discussion was not clear and so we looked at it again. This included a discussion of Einstein's theory of special relativity. This is a model case that can be used to promote foundationalism but actually illustrates its problems. This is because it involves basic beliefs that are not self evident [space and time are connected and not independent] and conclusions that "don't make sense" [when it comes to adding velocities 2 + 2 does not equal 4!].

We then discussed the presuppositional approach to apologetics, as advocated by Cornelius van Til. Here are the relevant slides.

I then began a presentation, Can science kill God?, that highlights the distinction between actual science  and the philosophical interpretation of it. I will conclude that tomorrow.

The reading for the evening is the last chapter of the book, Truth and Subjectivity, Faith and History: Kierkegaard's Insights for Christian Faith, by Varughese John, co-ordinator of the course.

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