THE PAPERS

THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

The Logos makes God known at every level.

 

FROM COMMON GROUND TO FOUNDATION

PAPER No. 2

Common Ground

Common Ground is the set of epistemologically necessary conditions for thought and discourse. Without Common Ground words are emptied of meaning . . .
PAPER No. 3

The Principle of Clarity, Rational Presuppositionalism and Proof

The Principle of Clarity affirms that the basic things about God and man and good and evil are clear to reason and that failure to know what is clear to reason is inexcusable . . .
PAPER No. 4

The Cornerstone: Good & Evil — Life & Death

The cornerstone is the beginning of the foundation. The choice of good or evil is the existential first principle: it is the most basic choice for all men, everywhere, at all times . . .
PAPER No. 5

Reason: in itself, in its use, and in us

Reason can be defined in itself, in its use, and in us. In itself, reason is the laws of thought. These are: The law of identity:  a is a (a thing is what it is). The law of . . .
PAPER No. 6

The Good: The Source of Unity in Each and Among All

Ethics is rational. Ethics is concerned with giving a rational justification for the answer to the question “What is the good?” Ethics assumes choice; choice assumes values . . .
PAPER No. 7

The Problem of Evil

The Problem of Evil is the deepest, most widespread objection to belief in God. The Problem of Evil is: If God is all good and all powerful why is there evil? . . .
PAPER No. 8

Belief and Unbelief—The Spiritual War: Introductory Remarks

Man, created in the image of God, is fallen. Left to oneself, no one seeks God, no one understands, and no one does what is right, not even one. Man’s chief end is to . . .
PAPER No. 9

The Moral Law: Derived from Human Nature

The moral law is clear; it is grounded in human nature, which is easily knowable by all human beings. The moral law is for all men, everywhere, at all times. The moral law is teleological . . .
PAPER No. 10

The Moral Law: The Origin, Nature, Law, Application and Consequences of the Moral Laws

Ethics assumes choice, choice assumes values and values assume the concept of the good. What is particularly sought in ethics is rational justification, which guarantees that . . .
PAPER No. 11

From General Revelation to Special Revelation: Prologue to Scripture

The NECESSITY for Special Revelation: Natural evil exists: Physical death is not natural/original. Natural evil assumes moral evil; natural evil restrains, recalls from, and . . .
PAPER No. 12

The Necessity for Scripture: General Revelation Requires Special Revelation

Understanding the necessity for Scripture is the first step in the process of rationally going from General Revelation to Special Revelation. After Necessity there is understanding . . .
PAPER No. 13

The Biblical Worldview: Creation–Fall–Redemption (Concise Version)

Creation is revelation: necessarily, intentionally and exclusively. The revelation is full and clear. Eternal life is knowing God. The knowledge of God is through the work of dominion . . .
PAPER No. 14

The Biblical Worldview: Creation–Fall–Redemption (Expanded Version)

The Biblical Worldview of Creation–Fall–Redemption in Genesis 1-3 is foundational for all of life. Foundation is necessary to go on to maturity, fruitfulness, unity of the faith, and . . .
PAPER No. 15

Hermeneutics: Principles of Interpretation

Thinking is Presuppositional: we think of the less basic in light of the more basic; if there is agreement on the more basic, there can be agreement on the less basic. Presupposition is . . .
PAPER No. 16

The Historic Christian Faith: The Holy Spirit Guides the Church into All Truth

Authority in teaching is based on insight into the Word of God, the Logos, which is Truth (John 17:17). Authority is rational, not personal; it begins with Foundation, with basic things . . .
PAPER No. 21

Faith and Reason in Christianity

The Logos is the eternal word of God who makes God known. The life of the Logos is in all men as light, that is, reason. Jesus is the Logos incarnate. Where this is understood in . . .
PAPER No. 22

The Unity of the Faith: That the World May Believe

The unity of the faith is about the basic beliefs of the Christian Faith; about what is foundational; about God and man and good and evil (Ephesians 4:13). It is not about . . .