Intellectual Idolatry and Lordship

A classic mark of presuppositional apologetics is it’s commitment to a robust Christian epistemology. Such an approach to knowledge and knowing affirms the full lordship of Christ over the intellectual sphere. As John Frame points out, this is a crucial difference between a biblical approach to knowledge and that of unbelief:

Intellectuals are often proud of their autonomy (sometimes called “neutrality,” “unbiased objectivity,” etc.), and that pride must be abased. Intellectuals will often agree to submit to Christ as Lord in every area except that of the mind. Sacrificium intellectus, “sacrifice of the intellect,” is a dreaded concept among modern thinkers. “Oh, yes, Jesus is Lord; but we must believe in evolution, because all the best scholars do.” “Jesus is Lord, but all the best Bible scholars deny biblical authority and inerrancy.” In reply, it is important for us to tell inquiries that Jesus demands all, not some, of our loyalty (Deut. 6:4ff.; Mark 8:34-38). And that includes loving him with the mind – which may well entail holding some unpopular views on scholarly matters (1 Tim. 6:20).

– John M. Frame, Apologetics, to the Glory of God: An Introduction, 75.


Posted on September 11, 2012, in Christian Worldview and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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