The Futility of Non-Christian Thinking
The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." Psalm 14:1
- Since all knowledge is grounded in God, thinking becomes futile when God is denied.
- Unbelievers suppress what they know to be true and are therefore cursed with futile
thinking and believe lies. Romans 1:18-22.
- Unbelieving thought swings between rationalism and irrationalism, each constantly
borrowing from the other.
- Unbelieving thought must borrow from Christian truth in order to criticize it.
- Unbelieving science cannot rationally justify its principles.
- How can one rationally demonstrate that the past tells us anything about the future
without begging the question?
- How can one relate one's sense perceptions to the world out there?
- Unbelieving logic cannot be justified on its own terms.
- Why are logical laws universal and unchanging?
- Why are logical laws normative; that is, why are we obligated to believe the results of
- Unbelieving ethical systems don't work.
- Non-Christian ethics has no adequate grounds for authority.
- Non-Christian ethics does not have available adequate knowledge to utilize its principles.
- The non-Christian cannot live or even think on the basis of such a shaky foundation.
Therefore, the non-Christian's ethics are often based on "borrowed capital" as a result.
- Post-modernism (PM) is the predominant mode of non-Christian thinking in our culture.
- According to PM:
- The world is without objective meaning or absolute truth.
- "I feel; therefore, I am."
- Language refers only to itself, not to any objective world out there.
- Religious convictions are nothing more than personal opinions. "If it works for you,
then I'm happy for you."
- Talk of an objective world is really an attempt to gain or maintain power by
- PM manifests futile thinking.
- PM fails the test of everyday life. No one can survive while consistently denying the
connection between the subjective and the objective.
- PM contradicts itself.
- The transcendental argument for God's existence:
Major premise: Only the existence of the Christian God makes genuine knowledge possible.
Minor premise: Genuine knowledge is possible.
Conclusion: The Christian God exists.
Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth by Richard Pratt,
P&R, 1979, 142 pp. A very readable introduction to the transcendental argument for the
existence of God and for Christian apologetics from a presuppositional perspective.
Availability: Stan Reeves
"Is Non-Christian Thought Justifiable?", a debate between Christian philosopher Douglas Jones
and atheist philosophers Keith Parsons and Michael Martin, WWW, ~15 pp. Jones argues that
non-Christian thought is futile. Very interesting reading but somewhat philosophical in
vocabulary and style.
"Futility in Non-Christian Ethics" by Sam Waldron, WWW, ~15 pp. Demonstrates that non-Christian ethical systems simply cannot justify their principles and by contrast that Christianity
gives us a viable ethical system. He also discusses and critiques various options within Christian
"Non-Christian Hypocrisy" by Douglas Jones, Credenda/Agenda, vol. 6, no. 3, p.15. "I just can't
stand it. Non-Christians are such hypocrites. They should learn to practice what they preach.
How could anyone become a non-Christian? They don't even live what they claim to believe!"
This is how Douglas Jones begins his provocative essay on the truth that non-Christians cannot
consistently live out the implications of their system of truth.
"Interpretation as Violence" by Douglas Jones, Credenda/Agenda, vol. 10, no. 1, p.22.
Discusses the latest literary theory spawned by postmodernism -- that the
interpretation of a text is an assault on that text.