"Presuppositionalism" is the name given to a special branch of Christian apologetics. In this blog, I will post my criticisms of presuppositionalism as it is informed and defended by apologists such as Greg Bahnsen, John Frame, Cornelius Van Til, Richard Pratt, and their latter-day followers.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Incinerating Presuppositionalism: Year Twelve
We come now to that time of every year in which I honor the blog entries of the past year with a post listing each one out, beginning with last year’s anniversary posting.
Now, readers of my blog (all two of them!) have probably noticed that my posting activity has been slowing down over the past couple of years.
There are several reasons for this.
First and foremost is the fact that, since moving back to the States from SE Asia in April 2015, I’ve been consumed with other priorities – a very demanding work schedule, my devotion to my family and parenting, renovating my house, etc. These priorities alone leave little time for much of anything, including sleep. I am simply a very busy person leading a wonderful, productive life. And I am very grateful for this!
Second, more and more I feel that I’ve had my say and have for the most part accomplished the goal of this blog: presuppositionalism has been examined and refuted, and while apologists may be out their repeating their slogans and failed arguments, they have not demonstrated (so far as I have seen) that their position can be salvaged from what I and other critics have brought against it. In a sense, you can say that the demons I had set out to battle have been completely evicted from my head. Related to this is the fact that the absence of challenges to my critiques has somewhat dampened my interest in counter-apologetics. Not completely, but significantly enough that, unless new developments rekindle my interest (and I’m certainly open to this), I’m persuaded my energies are better spent elsewhere. Without a viable opposing team, there’s not much incentive to get out on the field and chase the ball.
That leads to yet a third reason for the wane of my activity on my blog, namely the sharp increase of my devotion to my other love, namely composing (over the past couple of years I’ve completed several works for piano and also for small ensembles, including a string quartet and even a jazz suite – never thought I’d ever do something like that!). My interest in philosophy and my interest in music composition are both very strong and very deep, spanning most of my life, and both offer rewarding fulfillment of unparalleled nature. But both require sustained and intense focus. Pursuing the one often disallows pursuing the other, given the constraints of available time and more fundamental priorities.
That said, I do have many unfinished blog entries sitting in my staging folder, and if time should allow and interest enjoys second wind, I may dust them off and prepare them for posting. A number of them are quite expansive and could probably be broken out into a series of several entries each. Also, I have drafted up some notes on the recent Licona-Dillahunty debate which raised a number of issues that I’ve been wanting to address as well (or have addressed and would like to re-address). So I don’t want to say that my activity will cease altogether, and if readers have specific questions that they would like my input on, feel free to post them in the comments (though, I’m making no promises here). But I wanted to give everyone the courtesy of these points in case they found themselves wondering what the hell’s going on here. There’s a lot of fascinating things to read and investigate elsewhere on the web, and I’m in no way trying to compete with any of it. If you’re starving for more IP, there are plenty of postings from previous years – maybe you’ve missed one.
So with that, here is the meager list of blog entries that I have posted on Incinerating Presuppositionalism: Year Twelve
Also, I want to thank all readers who have managed to get through a whole post or two, or even just a few paragraphs, of my meager offerings. I really do appreciate your time and interest. Whatever you do, just be sure to think with your own mind.