Kant and Van Til | A reply to the Reformed classicalist
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by Arne Verster
2M ago
Recently, an article by Matt Marino on the "Reformed Classicalist" website discussed Kant's influence on Cornelius Van Til's apologetics, igniting considerable debate. Presuppositionalists quickly dismissed the piece as yet another misinterpretation of Van Til, while classicalists argued that presuppositionalism still confuses ontological and epistemological starting points (and is idealistic). This controversy has reignited calls for conferences and dialogues between the two camps. Having not contributed to the debate between classical and presuppositional apologetics for some time, I see th ..read more
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What is Christian apologetics?
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by Arne Verster
5M ago
The task of the apologist Christian apologetics is the branch of Christian theology that is concerned with defending the truth of Christian doctrines. It is the vindication of the Christian philosophy of life against the various forms of the non-Christian philosophy of life. It involves the systematic use of information and arguments to vindicate the beliefs and practices of Christianity against all who choose to oppose it. This typically includes addressing questions and challenges posed by non-Christians or sceptics, as well as clarifying and explaining Christian beliefs to both believers an ..read more
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Defending belief amidst societal shifts: The challenge of modern apologetics
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by Arne Verster
5M ago
In recent times, we have observed various monumental shifts in our societal fabric. Massive leaps in technological and medical development, a rise in the implicit adoption of post-modernism, and increased tensions between Eastern and Western countries combine to urge the world into a new era. At least for now, the world seems to be quickly sliding down the slopes of anarchy. The world as we knew it has drastically transformed, leaving us in an era of unprecedented uncertainty. Amidst these changes, we have been blessed with the birth of our daughter. At her baptism, it was made clear to us th ..read more
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Are we living in a simulation? Christianity vs the Simulation Hypothesis
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by Arne Verster
7M ago
What is the Simulation Hypothesis? This Simulation Hypothesis posits that what we experience as the world could be a simulated reality, akin to a highly advanced computer simulation, in which humans are mere constructs. This concept bears similarities to other sceptical scenarios, such as the "brain-in-a-vat" thought experiment and the idea popularized by the "Matrix" movies, wherein the perceived reality is not genuinely real but instead the output of a sophisticated computer program. The points made in this article are, therefore, equally applicable to other "Matrix" and "brain-in-a-vat" sce ..read more
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Knowing the incomprehensible God: Vindicating objective analogical knowledge of God
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by Arne Verster
8M ago
Abstract The contemporary mindset often posits that certain elements of reality, such as logic, time, space, chance, and human freedom, are more foundational than the concept of God. This perspective fosters a notion of human autonomy, suggesting that for knowledge to be deemed true, it must be fully comprehensive. Consequently, the modern individual seeks to construct a complete understanding of the world (independently of God) through an atomistic approach, where knowledge is pieced together from individual, discrete facts (as it is quite clear that we can never as humans know all the facts ..read more
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How can we know beyond reasonable doubt that the Bible is the Word of God?
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by Arne Verster
9M ago
The Bible's claim to be divine One of the pivotal assertions of the Bible is its proclamation to be "God-breathed". While various religious texts across cultures and faiths claim divine inspiration, the Bible's unique nature is found not just in this claim but in its content, consistency, and the worldview it encapsulates. Unlike most philosophical writings, shaped largely by human reason and its inherent limitations, the Bible presents itself as not merely containing truths but being the very Word of God (i.e., the text of the Bible is God-breathed). The challenge isn't in accepting that the ..read more
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The Problem of the One and the Many: A Video Game Analogy
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by Arne Verster
10M ago
The "One and the Many," a philosophical concept that treads the thin line between unity and diversity, finds an interesting parallel in the domain of video games. In the sphere of procedural generation, this balance, or sometimes the imbalance, becomes even more palpable. In a procedural generation, the "One" is rooted in the foundational elements predefined by developers. Think of these as the abstract classes, the boundaries set in stone, or the underlying rules that govern the game's universe. These are the constants, the unchanging tenets that provide a framework. Now, enter the "Many." It ..read more
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Reformed Thomism: Ultimate and proximate differences and starting points
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by Arne Verster
1y ago
The misinterpretation of similarities In recent years, we've observed a notable shift within theological discourse, embodied in the emergence of "Reformed Thomism." This trend involves the attempted integration of Thomas Aquinas' teachings into the Reformed tradition, premised on the notion of retrieving Aquinas for the Protestant Reformed Churches. At its core, Reformed Thomism erroneously equates proximate similarities with ultimate similarities, risking a grave misrepresentation of the theological terrain. The trouble with this lies in the over-emphasis of surface resemblances and their su ..read more
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Music, art, culture and the problem of the one and the many
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by Arne Verster
1y ago
The problem of the one and the many is a philosophical conundrum that seeks to understand how singularity and plurality coexist. In terms of music, think of the many as the individual notes and the one as the composition they create when combined. Each note has its unique sound. Played in isolation, a note can be beautiful, but it doesn't convey a melody. Each note (in isolation) represents the "many" – individual, unique, diverse. However, if you only focus on this diversity and uniqueness without considering how these notes can form a harmonious whole, any composition won't make sense and mi ..read more
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The foundations of atheistic/agnostic morality
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by Arne Verster
1y ago
Contents - History as the ultimate teacher - Atheistic/agnostic worldviews and morality - Sam Harris responds - A historical example: Fritz Haber - Clara Haber - The Christian worldview and morality - Absolute authority in the Christian system - Christian morality - The Euthyphro dilemma - Clara Haber revisited (the ideals of science) - Current social issues: A case study in marriage - Can non-Christians be good? - Hope in Jesus Christ- Conclusion History as the ultimate teacher I've always been interested in history. In the annals of history, we have documented thousands of years of human exp ..read more
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