Take This On Good Authority

“There are those, of course, who deny that they need any form of authority… Such men say that they must be shown by ‘reason’ whatever they are to accept as true. But the great thinkers among non-Christian men have taken no such position. They know that they cannot cover the whole area of reality with their knowledge. They are therefore willing to admit that there may be others who have information that they themselves do not posses. In everyday life this sort of thing is illustrated in the idea of the expert” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 161-2).

The First Irrational Rationalists

“When Satan tempted Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit, he tried to persuade her that God’s announcement of the consequences of such an act would not come true [an irrational claim]… On the other hand, when Satan tempted Eve, he virtually asked her to become a rationalist. He asked her to take the position that she needed not to obtain any information about the course of factual eventuation from any source but her own mind” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 154).

Would You Rather?: Epistemic Edition

“The dilemma that confronts the non-Christian methodology in general, and that of modern phenomenalism in particular, is therefore that either one must know everything or one cannot know anything… And what is called scientific knowledge is a cross between knowing everything about nothing and knowing nothing about ‘everything'” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 156).

Distinguishing Objective Validity from Subjective Acceptability…

“…the Reformed apologist maintains that there is an absolutely valid argument for the existence of God and for the truth of Christian theism. He cannot do less without virtually admitting that God’s revelation to man is not clear” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 134-5).

Sure You’re Reasonable, but Why?

“[On the naturalist’s] assumption his own rationality is a product of chance. On his assumption even the laws of logic that he employs are products of chance. …[Therefore] Christian theism… is the only position that gives human reason a field for successful operation and a method of true progress in knowledge” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 132).

And It’s Either a Noose or a Wormhole

“To admit one’s own presuppositions and to point out the presupposition of others is therefore to maintain that all reasoning is, in the nature of the case, circular reasoning. The starting point, the method, and the conclusion are always involved in one another” (Christian Apologetics, Cornelius Van Til, p. 130).