The battle of worldviews
Some complaints regarding materialism
As presuppositionalism likes to point out, everyone has a worldview and any view must have its set of presuppositions from which it draws. It is the contention of the presuppositionalist crowd that materialists cannot account for a number of their foundational presuppositions like logic, uniformity of nature, ethics etc for all materialist knowledge claims rest upon them.
“Faith with Reason”
I downloaded an e-book from apologetics.com called “Faith with Reason.” I have not spent a lot of time examining presuppositionalism and I thought that this might supply me with a basic knowledge of its underlying arguments. After reading the first three chapters I determined that there is one underlying presupposition to which all presuppositionalists must adhere. After a brief examination of some of our “presuppositions” I will turn my attention to what I think the foundation of presuppositionalism is.
A twisting of "faith"
In order to get the foot in the door the presuppositionalist points to the “faith nature” of every worldview. The tactic of painting logic, uniformity of nature etc as “faith” presuppositions is, in my opinion, disingenuous.The materialist worldview is not where someone starts per se but is rather a destination through observation. One does not need to “prove” these things as existence sets the boundaries. As reasoning beings, we attempt to provide “laws” on how existence operates. In my mind the presuppositionalist strategy drops the context on how we arrive at our “presuppositions” and places a requirement upon materialism that is unwarranted. Faith for the theist has no meaning, no context in which to make its presupposition due to the nature of the objects in question. The materialist’s "faith presuppositions" in this sense has a basis in reality.
We are not concerned with how things "really are"
Let me emphasize that what we as conceptualists are concerned with is not how things “really are” – what we are concerned with is categorization of existence as perceived by the subject. The real questions are not metaphysical in nature but rather epistemological. I will agree with the presuppositionalist that we may never discover how things “really are” but we do not need to and that is a complaint they need to justify. It is their worldview that is creating this “problem” for materialism and we should not have to justify their projection. [Even if we did that would still not be good enough.] What we as conceptualists adhere to metaphysically are temporally strong forms of the laws of non-contradiction and causality, which are tied closely to identity. Existence itself sets these rules not man. As I have pointed out in other places, this is not a subjective view of existence. A subjectivist’s purpose is to subvert reality or force it to conform to some arbitrary views whereas the objective view has the purpose of understanding reality as best can be described and/or categorized – this is not by whim or arbitrary assertion.
The bible as the presuppositionalist base presupposition
In the book “Faith with Reason” the author has a chapter that goes into a whole litany of Christian presuppositions – all of them Bible based. It is my opinion that the entire presuppositionalist approach stems from the idea that the bible is the only valid or “true” presupposition among any and all faith presuppositions. The author explains that:
The Bible clearly teaches God as the highest authority, and depicts His Word as being self-attesting. Those who claim to be Christians should presuppose the whole Bible is God’s Word upon its own authority. There can be no competing sources of authority from which professing Christians can legitimately draw their conceptions of God, man, or the cosmos. Only a biblically-based Christian theology can serve as an authoritative foundation for Christian beliefs because it is upon the authority of the Christian scripture as God’s Word that the church was founded.Using the Bible to know how things “really are”
If the Bible is the source for knowing how things “really are” then it should also be completely correct about what we know today. In other words, as human knowledge grows the Bible should “transcend” science and ALWAYS be correct in its assertions of material existence.This is only common sense and is doctrinally sound according to the presuppositionalist’s claims.
Testing the Bible
I propose that we give the Bible a test. The Bible should easily pass for it transcends both materially and spiritually.
Upon examining words that are spoken by God himself we learn that a hare chews its cud and that the world is flat with a dome. This dome has windows in it to allow the sun to pass through and the elements to shower down from above. We also learn that insects have four feet and that bats are birds. The creator seems to lack modern scientific facts about nature.
What are we to make of Paul’s "Spirit Filled" reasoning when he commits a blatant logical error in Titus?
Even one of their own prophets has said, “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true.