E.Y. Mullins conceded the viability of human rational ability in many areas of life. In the matter of absolutes and ultimates, Mullins thought, “reason is so clouded by rebellion and sin that it must have special revelation” (Quoted by John Newport in Ultimate Questions, copyright John Newport, 1989), P. 18.
How do we know anything? Immanuel Kant formulated the theory of individualistic epistemology. That is, truth is information synthesized through one’s own needs and perceptive abilities. Kant’s theory of learning represents the foundation of modern American cultural philosophy. Our Kantian credo? “My truth works for me and yours for you. All truth is subjective and relative.”
If we accept this as our epistemology, there is no objective truth, i.e., God. No matter what a believer says after ceding the epistemological question, the day is lost. Give your opposition the highground early and you put your army in a world of hurt.
What is our worldview, believers? Is it possible at this late date that we have to argue for a biblical epistemology?
Christianity is, after all, a revealed religion. In the Christian worldview, persons encounter God as God intervenes in human history. God acts and people see.
Revelation requires inspired interpretation. Not only does God act but God also “sits on the shoulder” of people and events (like the Exodus) to explain the intent of divine revelation.
Inspired interpretation of divine revelation in human history means there is a story to tell. Far from insistence on a rational end zone, Christians see a need to tell the story of God’s revelation from beginning to end. All of revelation, from Adam to Jesus to you and me, is a story in need of telling. God gives Israel ten commandments but the injunctions form only a part of the story. God calls, a man struggles up a mountain alone and a holy glow results from a single, partial glimpse of God.
Some start now to say that you and I live in a parenthesis of time. The wave of migration foaming over us will overwhelm the post-modern ethic because those coming to us do not have a modern ethic, let alone a post-modern worldview. The next major technological crossroad may come about 2030, by which time we should be able to buy computers that possess the rough equivalence of the human brain. Energy resources will shift from fossil fuel to renewables with a major disruption of the industrail base.
What is a believer to do? We can tell the story, God’s story, from a biblical worldview. Truth exists. Greek dualism gives way to a Hebraic epistemology that stresses the unity of creation with the Creator. The Savior lives. We can tell his story.