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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sewing A Sow's Ear: Bethrick Critiques Frame on Van Til

Dawson Bethrick brings a devastating criticism against John Frame's apology of Van Til's "One-Many Argument." From his concluding remarks:

Van Til's "solution" brings us no closer to an understanding of how the human mind forms concepts than if presuppositionalists simply took a vow of silence. Indeed, a genuine understanding of how the mind works is not something they want men to have. On the contrary, so long as their minds remain mysterious to themselves, men will be in a better position to be seduced and controlled by those who seek to catch them in their nets. Van Til's "solution" calls for "trusting" in an invisible magic being, precisely because it offers no enlightenment to begin with. Those who are enlightened do not need to put their trust blindly in the hands of an invisible magic being which refuses to show itself, hold a rational dialogue with those who are supposed to be willing to sacrifice their very lives for it, or simply allow human beings to live for their own sake. Van Til's "solution" requires us to accept religious sloganeering in place of critical thought. It is not intended to be understood, it is intended to be accepted unquestioningly.

The original article can be found here.

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At 10/03/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Dawson Bethrick has such a way with words!

Dawson can say something so profound, and yet express it so clearly. Its like having some kind of epiphany or eureka moment every time I read one of Bethrick's posts.

His analysis at the end is indeed excellent. Its not about understanding, but unquestioningly accepting. Spot on.



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