The Problem of Thomistic Foundations for Apologetics

The Reformation of Apologetics, Session #1
Reformed Forum 2017 Theology Conference
Hope Presbyterian Church (OPC)

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James CP Morgan

1 month ago

For those interested there is a response to Dr. Oliphint’s presentation at Just and Sinner. It’s from Pastor Jordan Cooper, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka, Illinois.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/justandsinner/presuppositional-apologetics-response-scott-oliphint/

Evidently, Pastor Cooper was at the conference.

Mark Fisher Solon, Iowa

3 weeks ago

I so regret not having been able to attend this years’ conference and appreciate all the labor that went into it. Just a quick observation relating to the exegesis of John 1:9. I agree that Thomas’ view was way off but I hope to add a bit more to what was said.

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” ESV
“There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man” NASB
“ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινὸν ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον.”

Dr. Oliphint examined Thomas’ view of man’s knowledge of the Son-Logos, comparing it with other exegetes as well. Particular attention was place on, “all men (πάντα ἄνθρωπον) with discussion of the the implications of “enlightening all men”.

I had not thought to apply John 3 to the exegesis of this passage until I was listening to this lecture. But I think it is salient. Taking John 3:16-21 we see John expanding on when the Light who came into the world. And we see that in John’s mind, the illumination of men that occurs when the true Light entered the world has more than one sense, not only of “enlightening” as some are exposed to the light and hate it.

The true light has cast light on all men. Some see the light and become angry, violent, suppressing the truth. Others greet him with joy due to the work of the Spirit in their hearts.

Anyway, I think this could be developed more/discussed. But hoped that would be helpful.

Brandon Adams

3 weeks ago

Has Oliphint or anyone else written on the non-Thomistic “classical” tradition that rejects a posteriori rooted in sense perception in favor a priori natural knowledge (i.e. Augustinian tradition, presumably represented by the John the Damascus quote)?

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