THE PAPERS

BY NUMBER

PAPER No. 1

The Logos Papers: An Introduction

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The Logos is the eternal Word of God who makes God known . . .
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. 17

The Five Solas: Summary of the Reformation Principles

Sola Scriptura: The Authority for Faith is Scripture Alone. The authority of Scripture as special revelation is opposed to the authority of all other forms of special revelation (including . . .
PAPER No. 18

Salvation by Grace: The Sovereignty of God in the Salvation of Man

Sovereignty of grace is one aspect of the sovereignty of God expressed in all of creation and providence. Sovereignty expressed in predestination is one aspect of soteriology . . .
PAPER No. 19

Foundation for Philosophy of History

Human beings as thinking beings seek to make sense of their world through forming a worldview. Presuppositions are the basic beliefs we use to interpret our experience . . .
PAPER No. 20

Christianity, Philosophy and Public Education: Reflections upon Retirement

The idea of a Christian philosopher in a secular university raises a set of related concerns. First, there are church and state First Amendment issues (more generally, religion and . . .
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 . . .
PAPER No. 23

A Response to Critics of Clarity: Common Ground Applied to Avoid Meaningless Disputes

Common Ground (CG) is the set of conditions necessary for thought and discourse. To engage in discourse without CG is to engage in meaningless disputes . . .
PAPER No. 24

The Moral Law: Universal, Perpetual, Total and Teleological

Autonomy: disregarding what is clear about God and man and good and evil; determining the good as other than the knowledge of God through the work of dominion; original sin.. . .
PAPER No. 25

Moral Law and Culture: The City with Foundations

The City of God has foundations (Hebrews 11:10; Revelation 21:19-20). The City of God embodies the corporate life of the people of God in its fullness—the Christian worldview . . .
PAPER No. 26

The Gospel and the Call to Repentance

Man’s chief end is to glorify God in all that by which he makes himself known, in all his works of creation and providence. Man is created in the image of God and given dominion . . .
PAPER No. 27

The Limits of the State: The Purpose and Function of Human Government Applied to Current Debates

The State (Human Government) with laws and courts (for law enforcement) assumes that: Human beings are rational beings who may act contrary to their rational nature. . . .
PAPER No. 28

Prepare the Way of the Lord: By Faith We Understand

By faith we understand that: 1. Philosophical Foundation is based on the clarity of general revelation and the inexcusability of unbelief. 2. Theological Foundation is based on the . . .
PAPER No. 29

Repentance and Hope: Thy Kingdom Come

Human beings are all under the charge of sin: all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. All fail to seek the knowledge of God through the work of dominion, to fill the . . .
PAPER No. 30

The Word of God: The Logos is Truth

In the beginning was the Word: The Logos is the Word of God in its fullness. The Word of God is eternal. The Word of God is God the Son who makes God known. The Son of God is . . .
PAPER No. 31

Divisions Among Theists: Sources and Response

Clarity and Inexcusability: “The invisible things of God from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and . . .
PAPER No. 32

Religion and Civilization: Prologue: Philosophical Foundation

Df. religion: set of basic beliefs (BB) used to give meaning to experience; set consists of basic beliefs in epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. Meaning is necessary for man . . .
PAPER No. 33

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PAPER No. 34

The Church

The Church is the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the Kingdom of God, the City of God. The Church is the pillar and ground of the truth. The Holy Spirit leads the Church . . .
PAPER No. 35

Paper coming soon

PAPER No. 36

Globalism and Nationalism: A Biblical Perspective

The Biblical perspective of creation–fall–redemption must be used to understand the historical tension between globalism and nationalism. Man is created in the image of God . . .
PAPER No. 37

The Clarity of General Revelation

The doctrine of clarity is from three sources: general revelation, special revelation and Historic Christianity. General revelation consists of what may be known about God and man . . .
PAPER No. 38

Paper coming soon

PAPER No. 39

The Pillar and Ground of the Truth: Rebuilding the Church’s Foundation

The Church is the pillar and ground of the Truth. It is the body of Christ who is the incarnate Word of God (the Logos, Truth in its fullness). The Church is called to be the salt of the . . .