The Word of God and the Mind of Man

Ronald Nash (1982)

In this book Ronald Nash tackles the philosophical and theological issues that cluster around revelation, language, and truth. He examines the developments in the history of philosophy that have led to skepticism about our human ability to know God truly. Nash also critiques the arguments of those who deny that the verbal revelation of the Bible is capable of communicating literal, propositional truth. Nash argues that the solution to epistemological skepticism is rooted in the logos of God and his communication of his logos to human beings who are created in his image. God has constructed our minds to share in his rational nature and to express truth through language. As a result, human beings can truly know things about God, and the Bible can be accepted as completely true, reliable, and knowable.

Chapter 1: Hume’s Gap: The Divorce of Faith and Knowledge

The work of the Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) has led many people to be skeptical o...

Chapter 2: Theological Agnosticism from Kant to Ritschl

Immanuel Kant was stirred by Hume’s work. Philosophers had tried to find knowledge by ensuring th...

Chapter 3: The Assault on Propositional Revelation

Karl Barth rejected the immanence theology of classic liberalism. In its place, however, he posit...

Chapter 4: A Defense of Propositional Revelation

One of the reasons why so many people have rejected propositional revelation is that they have mi...

Chapter 6: The Christian Logos

Chapter 5: A Brief but Necessary Interlude This two-page chapter reviews the previous chapters a...

Chapter 7: Rationalism and Empiricism

Many challenges in the area of knowledge and God stem from problems in general epistemology. In o...

Chapter 8: The Christian Rationalism of St. Augustine

Augustine believed that Plato’s forms existed in the mind of God. Humans needed to be connected t...

Chapter 9: The Religious Revolt Against Logic

In contemporary theology there is a distinct antipathy to logic. Logic is often held to be unable...

Chapter 10: Reason and Religion

Aristotle taught that the laws of logic are not merely human judgments, but part of the fabric of...

Chapter 11: Reason, Revelation and Language

Many people believe that language is not able to express literal truth. They note that language i...

Chapter 12: Revelation and the Bible

The followers of Dooyeweerd are the most adamant rejecters of cognitive revelation in contemporar...

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