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Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:19

The word “Antithesis” commonly means: opposite (thesis à anti-thesis à syn-thesis à thesis) but in Reformed Theology, particularly Neo-Calvinism, there is a deeper dynamic involved.   Antithesis is not only opposite, it is  also means “in opposition”.
Specifically, a consciousness that divides Christians and non-Christians.  A. Kuyper writes  ‘ . . .we have to acknowledge two kinds of human consciousness: that of the regenerate and the unregenerate; and these two cannot be identical. . . .it is an impossibility that both should agree, and that every endeavor to make them agree must be doomed to failure.’ Because a Christian and a non-Christian start from completely different pre-suppositions (or should, at least), the conclusions they come to about things they observe in the world will be different. The doctrine of the antithesis explains the radically different conclusions Christians and non-Christians can come to in all...fields (even where there are areas of agreement).

Genesis 3:15-- I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel."

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Back to School: Two Methods of Knowing Anything PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:53

In theory,  there are two, very different ways to approach knowing anything. There are two, and only two, very different ways of interpreting reality or facts: Biblical & non-Biblical.   There are two, very different ways, of interpreting reality (facts or data), of understanding the meaning of everything:

1.  The way that starts from God [Pre-suppositionalism], from Special Revelation and with a regenerated heart, in which dwells the Holy Spirit who gives illumination.

2.  The way that starts apart from God and Revelation and with an unregenerated heart.

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The Core Biblical Concept of Knowledge: The One and the Many PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 12:45

The Biblical perspective is that all facts, all particulars [The Many], are related to each other as part of a total system created and ordered by God, held together at its center  by Christ [The One]-  Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together The true meaning and purpose of any particular can be understood only when seen in relation to the universal.  True knowledge is only possible when it is grounded in God.  Unregenerate “man” denies this and is determined to have knowledge autonomously and his knowledge, his interpretation of facts and life itself, will be inimical to God. This is the Antithesis begun in Genesis 3 with the “Fall”

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Two Methods of Knowing and Teaching PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 13:35

In Neo-Calvinist (Dutch Reformed) theory,  there are two, very different ways to approach knowing anything.   There are two, and only two, very different ways of interpreting reality or facts, of understanding the meaning of everything. 

1.  The way that starts from God [Pre-suppositionalism], from Special Revelation and with a regenerated heart in which dweels the Holy Spirit who gives illumination.  This is the Dutch Reformed Method.  All other Christian approaches are not pre-suppositional.  They are, instead, Evidential/Rational or Empirical/Experiential.

2.  The way that starts with animus toward God and Revelation and is done with an unregenerated heart and thus, without the Holy Spirit  (Christians who are not Dutch Reformed would insist that their methods are valid.  I am convinced that the latter are both unscriptural and futile.)

More than being different, these two ways of knowing oppose each other- they are actually  inimical [Webster-  i-'ni-mi-kal: adjective from latin inimicus enemy – 1.  being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence  2 a.  having the disposition of an enemy : hostile   b.  reflecting or indicating hostility]
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Biblical Concept of Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 12:00
The Biblical perspective is that all facts, all particulars, are related to each other as part of a total system created and ordered by God, held together at its center by Christ-  Colossians 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

The true meaning and purpose of any particular can be understood only when seen in relation to the universal.  True knowledge is only possible when it is grounded in God.  Unregenerate “man” denies this and is determined to have knowledge autonomously and his knowledge, his interpretation of facts and life itself, will be inimical to God. This is the antithesis begun in Genesis 3 with the “Fall”

Facts may be understood in a limited, functional, practical way- enough for “things to work”, but- facts are not properly or completely understood apart from the system and its center.  More than that, apart from the universal (i.e.- Christ), meaning and purpose assigned to particulars by the unregenerate mind will be in opposition to the meaning and purpose assigned to them by Christ.  Thus civilization has seen Systems that “work” in the short term, but which run counter to what God, the Creator, wills; and which, in the long run, are disastrous for man and creation.  Examples of this are seen in various projects of social engineering and in the applications of science and technology.
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