A Christian Appeal to Reason by Bernard L. Ramm

By Bernard L. Ramm

Paperback variation of publication initially released in hardcover as "The God Who Makes a Difference," 1972

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There can be no a priori rejection of the right of the Christian to make his postulate. The logical status of any philosophy or religion is that it involves choices and postulates. The Christian faith is the choice and the postu­ late of the Christian. Section 4 : The Christian Postulate The postulate Christianity is true is too general because there are dif­ ferent versions of Christianity. A Christianity that is mystically under­ stood would develop a very different apologetics than a Christianity understood as a rational theism.

Human reason does not escape the damaging effects of sin. It is indeed strange and enigmatic that a number of contemporary theologians I new liberals, advocates of the death of God movement, process theologians) deny that sin materially affects the mind of the sinner and therefore of the theologian or phi­ losopher or apologist. This neo-Pelagianism seems incredible after Freud and Hitler. It is even more incredible if one studies the history of wrar and the history of penal institutions. In his w‫־‬ork The Condition of the Christian P h ilo so p h e rRoger Mehl 1.

Nor is illumination the rational comprehension of what heretofore was puzzling. It"is seeing something as true, whether it was well known or unknown. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to see the revelation of God as the truth of God. To go through such an experience in which the gospel becomes the truth of God “for you” is to undergo illumination of the Spirit. This is the corollary of the witness of the Spirit within the imag­ ery of light. The goal of illumination is plerophoria—the state of being convinced that something is true.

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