What do you think? Is this a good illustration of our belief in the truthfulness of Scripture?
Why do you believe Scripture?
Here is the debate that we encounter in apologetics circles. There are those who areÂ Presuppositionalists. Presuppositionalist (who believe presuppostionalÂ apologetics is the best method to defend the faith)Â claim thatÂ we believe theÂ Scriptures are inspired based upon the authority of the Holy Spirit as He speaks through God’sÂ Word. As well, we must “presuppose” the Word of God’s truth because without this presupposition no absolute authoritative knowledge is possible. Evidentialists (who believe evidentail apologetics is the best method to defend the faith), on the other hand, believe that the authority of Scripture is established by the weight of the evidence that God has provided. God has provided sufficient evidence to compel any unbiased person of its truthfulness. While this evidence does not produce absolute certainty, it does produce enough certainty to hold people accountable for disbelief.
Evidentialists would say that the methodology of the presuppositionalist is faulty in that it amounts to circular reasoning (as illustrated above). Presuppositionalists would say that the evidentialist’s approach is wrong in that it does not provide absolute certainty which the Bible requires and leaves people with some measure of excuse. Yet the Bible says that people are “without excuse”Â (Rom 1:20).
What do you think? Do you take the authority of God’s word as a necessary presupposition to our faith or do you believe that its authority is established by the evidence? Back to the original question, Do you think this illustration is a good representation of our belief in Scripture?