The Impossibility of the Contrary

The Impossibility of the Contrary, Volume Two of the Bahnsen Apologetic Trilogy is now available! Click here for Volume One (Against All Opposition) and here for Volume 3 (Pushing the Antithesis).

“In various forms, the fundamental argument advanced by the Christian apologist is that the Christian worldview is true because of the impossibility of the contrary.”
— Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen

If religious skeptics have forsaken biblical presuppositions, why is it they can think rationally, apply the scientific method, and require some semblance of morality? The answer is simple. Unbelievers are philosophically schizophrenic. They don’t often live consistently with the governing principles of their materialistic worldview. For example, “The success of modern science has been due to its ‘borrowed capital,’ because modern science is like the prodigal son. He left his father’s house and is rich, but the substance he expends is his father’s wealth.”

Those who deny God have no way to account for the uniformity of nature and its laws. “[N]atural man does have knowledge, but it is borrowed knowledge, stolen from the Christian-theistic pasture or range, yet natural man has no knowledge, because in terms of his principle the ultimacy of his thinking, he can have none, and the knowledge he possesses is not truly his own. . . . The natural man has valid knowledge only as a thief possesses goods.”

Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen (1948–1995) graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary where he simultaneously received the Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. He later received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern Cali- fornia. He is the author of Always Ready, Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended, VanTil’s Apologetic: Readings and Analysis, and innumerable essays and articles.

Paperback; 218 pages


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