Posted by Pastoral Musings on August 30th, 2012
If the apologist treats the starting point of knowledge as something other than reverence for God, then unconditional submission to the unsurpassed greatness of God’s wisdom at the end of his argumentation does not really make sense. There would always be something greater than God’s wisdom – namely the supposed wisdom of one’s intellectual starting point.
Greg L. Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic, P&R, Phillipsburg, NJ, pg 3
The same could be said of the one who seeks to interpret Scripture by that which is not Scripture.
This does not disparage the use of historical and cultural studies in the study of Scripture. It does mean that historical and cultural studies in the critical mindset that seeks to negate the truthfulness of Scripture is an errant viewpoint that makes man the authority instead of God.