Epistemological Consistency and the Truth of Christianity

Two varying philosophies or worldviews will by nature discount or reject the alternative views. Thus, for example, Christianity denies naturalism and naturalism denies Christianity. From either perspective, either that of the Christian or that of the Naturalist, the alternative view is rejected. Thus it is not possible based on one view’s denial of another, to decide which view, if any, view is correct. For, whichever is chosen, the other will be denied.


Rather than using a criteria of judgment by another, external, view, I suggest the only proper judgment is that from within each view themselves. Thus, view 1 should have to defend or justify it’s foundations based on view 1. And view 2 should have to defend or justify it’s foundations based on view 2.


Thus, if a view not only denies the other but also itself, the alternative is to be chosen.

This is the argument for Christianity. The epistemology of Christianity supports itself. The epistemology of all other attempted views deny themselves. All other attempted philosophies are self­contradictory .

Let’s look at some examples:

Empiricism: the philosophy that all knowledge comes through the senses.

Does the knowledge that “all knowledge comes through the senses” itself come through the senses? Which sense is the conduit through which this is learned?  Can one see, hear, smell, feel, or taste that knowledge cannot be held innately in the mind or revealed to the mind without sensory experience? Clearly no, because no finite amount of experience could ever produce an “all” conclusion. Thus, the foundation of empiricism cannot be known by empiricism. 

Relativism: there is no truth.

Is the statement “there is no truth” true? If it is then it is false. If it is false then it is true. Thus, it cannot stand on it’s own epistemology.

Naturalism: all that exists is the natural world

The naturalist would have it that all thought in the mind is produced by the chemical and physical reactions of the molecules in one’s mind. But if your thoughts are determined by such processes there is no way to distinguish a true thought from a false thought. All thoughts are just as they are; productions of the natural world.

Now, let’s look at Christianity.
Christianity: the Bible contains the true word of God.

The Bible certainly claims it has the Word of God. Numerous times does it say “the Word of the Lord spoke to the prophet.” In the New Testament it is taught “all Scripture is breathed­out by God.” But can a Christian know that the Bible is true? (again this must be based on it’s internal worldview, not that of another; see the beginning of this post to refresh) Yes, the Christian can know the Bible is true. This is because, as the Bible says (internal criteria) man is man in the image of God and endowed with the ability to have knowledge; knowledge which resides in the mind of God and is given (revealed) to man through the Holy Spirit. Thus the epistemology of Christianity allows Christianity to be possible. No other view has this luxury.

About douglasdouma

I am a husband to beautiful wife, an ordained minister in the Reformed Presbyterian Church - Hanover Presbytery, and founder of Sola - Appalachian Christian Retreat (www.discoversola.com). In addition to blogging at this site I am the author of The Presbyterian Philosopher - The Authorized Biography of Gordon H. Clark (Wipf&Stock, 2017) and compiling editor of Clark and His Correspondents: Selected Letters of Gordon H. Clark (Trinity Foundation, 2017). I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (University of Michigan), a master's in business administration (Wake Forest University) and a master of divinity (Sangre de Cristo Seminary). I'm an avid hiker, having completed a northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian trail in 2013 and the first 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016.
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