Kant and the Ontological Argument

  Introduction This article aims to explain and comment on Kant’s refutation of The Ontological Argument (OA).  The sections quoted below are from page 500-507 under the heading “The Impossibility of an Ontological Proof of the Existence of God” in Norman Kemp Smith’s translation of A Critique of Pure Reason […]

Gordon Clark and Knowledge:  On Justification

  The Problem Gordon Clark wrote: Accordingly the knowledge possible for human beings consists of the axioms of and the deductions from Scripture. We can indeed entertain opinions about Columbus, and by accident or good luck they may be true; but we could not know it. Our dear pagan Plato, […]

A Prominent Catholic Argument Against Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

There is a powerful weapon which many Catholics wield in arguments against Protestants.  It is strong and intimidating, yet simple to use.  Some of them feel that the argument is so bullet proof, so watertight, that they will argue other points and wait until the end of a conversation to […]

A Dialogue on Abstractions

The dialogue below is very closely based off an article written by Willard Van Orman Quine in 1948 called On What There Is. Quine (1908 – 2000) was one of the most influential philosophers in the 20th century.  He is, perhaps, most famous for attacking the distinction between analytic and […]

A Desire to Know or a Desire to Think I Know? (Part 2 of 2)

Solution In the previous post, A Desire to Know or a Desire to Think I Know?  (Part 1 of 2), I presented the problem that I will now try to solve.  Solve is too strong a word for what follows.  Perhaps it is an evolving solution or, rather, some suggestions […]

A Desire to Know or a Desire to Think I Know? (Part 1 of 2)

Link to Part 2. A Problem I was considering buying a hardback copy of City of God by Augustine on Amazon.com and my eyes glanced down to the reviews section.  A semi-well-known atheist blogger wrote an eloquent review of the book; explaining why Augustine just isn’t worth reading.  One of […]

Philosophy in the Service of Theology? A Short Reflection on Religion and Philosophy

Religious minds are not necessarily interested in philosophy. Equally unfortunate is the fact that some philosophical minds are not interested in religion. This would be all the more unfortunate if philosophy and religion turned out to be identical. Many people think that this could not possibly be the case. […] […]

How Does Man Know God?

By Gordon Clark   This lecture was originally published by the Trinity Foundation as How Does Man Know God?   The subject of this afternoon’s lecture is “How We Know” or perhaps, “How We Know God.” The basic question in the philosophy of religion is, How can we know God? […]

Presuppositionalism and the Abandonment of Old Princeton

Originally published here: Presuppositionalism and the Abandonment of Old Princeton at douglasdouma.wordpress.com A disagreement in apologetics between B. B. Warfield and Abraham Kuyper a generation prior sheds light on the origins of the Clark-Van Til controversy. Warfield followed a long line of Princeton professors in his apologetic approach. In fact, the Princeton […]

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