The Unbeliever’s Object of Knowledge

“The non-Christian takes for granted that we can intelligently think of this universe as being self-existent and as having its meaning in itself. The non-Christian takes for granted that the world of our senses can be known truly, if at all, even if we do not know whether God exists. He speaks of the particulars and universals of this world as though they were ultimate instead of derivative. He speaks as though the ultimacy of these facts and laws of the world can be taken for granted…

Even if he holds that the time-space world once did not exist, he at least takes for granted that it does not exist as derivative from a self-existent God. This is the determining point. Non-Christians hold that whether the world ever came into existence or whether it always existed, in either case its existence, and, therefore, its meaning, is independent of God.”

(Van Til, Introduction to Systematic Theology, 23)

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