Friday, March 1, 2013

Autonomous thought

An excerpt from Inerrancy and the Gospels: A God Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization by Vern Poythress:

... in the realm of thought, the basic issue separating Christians from non-Christians is the issue of autonomy of thought. Ever since the fall of Adam, non-Christians have wanted to be autonomous judges and thinkers and decision makers. They want ultimate control of their lives. And to the extent that we as Christians give way to sin, we do the same thing. To an autonomous thinker, the process of studying Scripture with a commitment to God and his word seems circular, because it involves what he thinks is a bad commitment, a commitment to treat as ultimate something outside of himself. To someone who worships autonomy, autonomy is the ultimate. Commitment to Scripture seems to be a betrayal of who he is. Before he makes any commitment, the autonomous thinker wants to be allowed autonomously to judge the wisdom of such commitment (85).

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