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Foolish Atheist

July 12, 2009

As one can see from the above YouTube video, a rather thoughtful Australian atheist, Kelly Jones, has provided a short critique of the Scripturalism of John Robbins. I say “rather thoughtful” because her critique of Robbins is just silly. You’ll notice she does not object to Dr. Robbins defining the word Logos in Scripture as logic, but complains that he refers to the Logos of Scripture as something that exists.  Well, of course it… or better He…exists. To put it another way, Ms. Jones doesn’t deny that logic exists because she experiences it when she thinks.  In her YouTube profile she even says that reason is her “sole friend.”  However, and in the very passage Dr. Robbins explicates, the Apostle John explains why Ms. Jones experiences what she does.  That’s because John 1:9 tells us that  the Logos, the divine Second Person of the Trinity, “enlightens every man” (John 1:9).  The Bible, and not the atheistic positivism Ms. Jones presupposes, provides the account for logic in man.

Therefore, ironically and more than a bit tragically, what Ms. Jones is experiencing when she recognizes and affirms the architecture of her own mind, is God.  After all, besides the Scriptures teaching that man is the very image of God (2 Cor. 4:4) who is Logic, Paul explains in Romans 1 that unbelievers like Ms. Jones will, in spite of the clear testimony of Scripture and the truth of God revealed within her, suppress the truth. Ms. Jones has provided a classic example of the suppression of the truth even as she simultaneously recognizes and affirms it.  As Paul explains:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Notice, the truth of God is evident within Ms. Jones, to the point where she even refers to reason — the very Logos of God enlightening her mind – as her “sole friend.”  Yet, she suppresses the truth and merely asserts that the Logos of Scripture that lights her mind does not exist because, she claims, this is something she cannot experience. How foolish is that?

Later in the video Ms. Jones objects that Dr. Robbins does not explain why he accepts the definition of God given in the Scripture and simply assumes that the biblical definitions are true. This objections is also silly.  As opposed to her brand of logical positivism, Dr. Robbins has chosen the axiom of Scripture as his source of knowledge and truth. Her objection comes down to nothing more than Robbins is a Christian who accepts the Bible as true and as the axiomatic starting point of his philosophy and she does not. Big deal.

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